Legislative Update, Part 2: What Bills Passed, and What Can Nonprofits Do Next?

This spring in part 1 of our Legislative Update, we looked at bills that were up for debate in the state legislature. This legislative session has ended, and over 400 new pieces of legislation were passed (click here to read and sort the public chapters). But which bills are especially important for nonprofits, and how can nonprofits stay involved?

The session will be conducted in three parts. First, we will look at an overview of the bills that passed in the last session, with a deeper dive into four subjects in particular: 

  • Healthcare - with The Sycamore Institute
  • Immigration - with the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
  • Childcare - with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
  • Education - with the Tennessee Department of Education

So how can nonprofits best advocate now, at this point in the legislative process? In a mid-morning panel, government relations experts will share tips about summer study and executive advocacy. Meredith Sullivan Benton of The Healing Trust (and CNM expert!) will moderate the conversation.

At the end of the Legislative Update, we are also happy to welcome Senator Steve Dickerson and Senator Jeff Yarbro to discuss how nonprofits can best advocate, and they will tell personal stories about how they have interacted with nonprofits throughout their political careers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions on index cards that CNM staff with pass to our moderator, CNM President and CEO Tari Hughes.

This Community Initiatives session is presented in partnership with The Healing Trust and The Sycamore Institute.

If you attended the Legislative Update held in the spring (part 1), we invite you to return for this follow-up; however, part 1 is not a necessary prerequisite for part 2.

Meredith Benton, Senior Program Officer, The Healing Trust & CNM Consultant
June 23, 2017; 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Free for Members; Free for nonmembers; Free for students; Free for Young Nonprofit Professionals group members
Center for Nonprofit Management


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