Stay Informed & Get Engaged: Tennessee's 111th Legislative Session

  • January 25, 2019

Tennessee’s General Assembly began a new session of legislative work on January 8, 2019. Now our state legislators will begin filing proposed bills, committees will meet to review these bills, and bills will eventually be passed. Since Tennessee’s legislature meets for only part of the year, often ending their work around May, a lot happens in a short amount of time. 

So, what does this mean for you? And how can you take part in a meaningful way? 

We’ve compiled a list of ways you can participate throughout the session. 

Tennessee Senate Chamber

 

Track State Legislation

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Attend a Day on the Hill Event

Day on the Hill events are a chance for people with shared interests to visit Capitol Hill and let legislators know what’s important to them. Connect with community members, advocates, and legislators around disability related issues at the following events this year: 


Disability Day on the Hill | February 12
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  • Need help scheduling visits with your legislators or need to request reasonable accommodations? Contact ddh@tndisability.org or call 615-383-9442.
  • Disability Day on the Hill Community Reception - Join others who are attending Disability Day on the Hill for a Community Reception the evening before. View event page.
  • If you live in the Memphis area, the Arc Mid-South offers round trip fare to Disability Day on the Hill in an accessible bus for $35. View more information. View application.

Children’s Advocacy Days | March 12-13
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Behavioral Health Day on the Hill | March 20
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Waving Tennessee state flagContact Your Legislators

You can always contact your legislators about issues that are important to you. This could be something personal to you, a proposed bill you support or oppose, or anything else. You can call, email, write, or even direct message them on social media. 

Find your legislators 
Tips and Tricks for meeting with your legislators 
Legislative Terms for Reference 

 

And More!

What does a LiveAble Tennessee look like? Twitter Chat | January 30
2 p.m. CST
In conjunction with Disability Day on the Hill, Tennessee Disability Coalition will be hosting a Twitter Chat to dig deeper into the theme ‘LiveAble’. Join us on Twitter on January 30th at 2 pm CST. 

Educate to Advocate Public Policy Training | February 4
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