Commission Meeting July 8, 2014
(Posted July 1, 2014)
The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 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.
Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Report due August 14, 2014
Beginning July 1, 2014, employers of lobbyists may begin filing the semi-annual expenditure report. The report is due by August 14, 2014 and must be filed electronically at https://apps.tn.gov/ilobby/. The report covers the period January 1, 2014 through June 30, 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.
Ethics Commission Releases 2013 Annual Report.
Professional Privilege Tax
(Posted Februrary 24, 2014)
The Department of Revenue has asked the Ethics Commission to distribute the attached information regarding the professional privilege tax. Lobbyists are required to pay this tax. This tax is administered and collected by the Department of Revenue. If you have any questions regarding the tax, please call the Department at one of the numbers on the attached document.
2014 Statement of Interest Filing
(Posted January 2, 2014)
Electronic filing for 2014 Conflict of Interest filers (located elected officials, planning commission members, and certain state officials – non-general assembly) began January 1, 2014.
Go to online filing: https://apps.tn.gov/conflict/. The Statements of Interests are due by January 31, 2014.
2014 Lobbyist and Employer of Lobbyist Registration
(Posted December 6, 2013)
Gift Limit Increase
(Posted January 23, 2013)
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, 2013, the limits are:
Lobbyist Gift Limits:
- Per event $58 3-6-305(b) (8), (9) and (10)
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.