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Professional Priviledge Tax
(Posted May 8, 2015)

The $400 professional privilege tax is due on June 1, 2015.  Lobbyists may file and pay the tax online (https://apps.tn.gov/privtx/). 

Please contact the Department of Revenue if you have questions regarding the tax or online filing.  The tax is paid through the Department of Revenue portal, not through the ilobby portal.  To contact the Department of Revenue for assistance, go to https://revenue.support.tn.gov/hc/en-us

Ethics Commission releases Annual Report
(Posted April 29, 2015)
2014 Random Audit of Lobbyists
(Posted March 30, 2015)

The following lobbyists were randomly selected for the 2014 audit of lobbyists by the Tennessee Ethics Commission:

Jane Alvis                                      Phillip Johnson
Scott Brock                                   Matthew King
Michael Brown                               Delman Lebel
Karen Brukhardt                            David Locke
Robert Byrd                                   Stefan Maupin
Steve Cobb                                   Carl Moore
Gerald Coggin                                Arnold J. Sain
Alex Franco                                   Jesse Samples
Terrance Gibson                             Jennie Verner
Catherine Glover                            Lynn Williams
Cebriet Lee Harrell, Jr.                   Mike Williams

Commission Meeting April 2, 2015
(Posted March 24, 2015)

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Thursday, April 2, 2015, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

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Gift Limit Increase
(Posted January 21, 2015)

Based on the CPI, we are required to increase the aggregate contribution limits and the lobbyist expenditure gift limit every two (2) years.  Effective January 1, 2015, the limits are:

Lobbyist Gift Limits:

- Per event $59 3-6-305(b) (8), (9) and (10)
- Annual Limit from employer of lobbyist to a person for 3-6-305(b)(10) $118 

Ethics Training
(Posted January 8, 2015)

The annual ethics training for members of the General Assembly will be conducted on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 9:30. Lobbyists can receive credit for the 2015 lobbyist ethics training by attending this session. The lobbyist must sign in with a Bureau staff member in front of the House chamber to receive credit.

Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Report due February 14, 2015
(Posted January 8, 2015)

Employers of lobbyists may begin filing the semi-annual expenditure report. The report is due by February 14, 2015 and must be filed electronically at https://apps.tn.gov/ilobby/. The report covers the period July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
For user name and password assistance, call the Help Desk at 615-313-0300. For questions regarding the report, call the Bureau office at 615-741-7959.

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The citizens of Tennessee are entitled to a responsive, accountable, and incorruptible government. The Tennessee Ethics Commission was therefore established by the general assembly to sustain the public's confidence in government by increasing government's integrity and transparency through the regulation of lobbying activities, financial disclosure requirements, and certain other specific types of activities that are within the statutory jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission. In December of 2005, Governor Phil Bredesen called a special legislative session to focus the attention, will and efforts of the Legislative and Executive branches of government on the passage of strong ethics legislation.  Governor Bredesen’s call addressed a variety of specific issues, including ethical standards of conduct by government officials; contribution limits and disclosure in political campaigns; the open operation of government; the formation of an independent ethics commission; and penalties for violations of ethical standards.  As a result, the 104th Tennessee General Assembly passed the Comprehensive Governmental Ethics Reform Act of 2006 in an effort to protect and secure the governmental process from corruption and abuse and to provide transparency to the citizens of the State. 

The Tennessee Ethic Commission (“Commission”) was created in an effort to sustain the public’s confidence in government by increasing the integrity and transparency of state and local government through the regulation of lobbying activities, financial disclosure requirements and ethical conduct.

Under T.C.A. § 3-6-103 the Commission is comprised of six (6) members.  They are appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  The Governor appoints one (1) member of the majority party and one (1) member of the minority party, and each Speaker appoints one (1) member of the majority party and one (1) member of the minority party.

The initial members’ terms are staggered as follows: the gubernatorial appointees serve initial terms of two (2) years; the Senate appointees serve initial terms of three (3) years; and the House appointees serve initial terms of four (4) years.  Thereafter, members serve four-year terms and are eligible to serve two (2) successive four-year terms.

Members:
John Gregory Hardeman – Nashville. House Republican Appointee. Term expires December 31, 2014.

George Jaynes – Limestone. Gubernatorial Appointee. Term expires December 31, 2016.

James G. Stranch, III – Nashville. House Democratic Appointee. Term expires December 31, 2014.

Charles Traughber – Nashville. Gubernatorial Appointee. Term expires December 31, 2016.

Frank Watson III – Memphis. Senate Democratic Appointee. Term expires December 31, 2017.

Tammy S. White – Knoxville. Senate Republican Appointee. Term expires December 31, 2017.