Tennessee Campaign For Liberty

Governor Haslam To Increase Government Spending

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is indicating that he wants to increase government spending in the near future. Apparently if the TN government ever gets a surplus, he wants to spend it:


(video 1 is NOT the same as video 2 below - watch them both)


Best and Worst Bills in the 2012 TN Senate!

We have scanned all of the bills introduced in the Tennessee Senate and wanted to list both the best and worst bills that the politicians have introduced. Some will make you excited, some will make you angry.

We encourage you to create an account on the website of the TN Legislature so that you can be alerted to videos of and actions on these bills; you can do so here.


  • SB 2859
    Taxes, Income - As introduced, abolishes the Hall income tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 2.
  • HB 2619
    Criminal Procedure - As introduced, provides that a federal employee who is not designated as a Tennessee peace officer may not make an arrest or conduct a search and seizure in this state without the written permission of the sheriff of the county in which the arrest, search and seizure will take place except under certain circumstances. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 7 and Title 38, Chapter 3, Part 1.
  • SB 3695
    Constitutional Conventions - As introduced, enacts the "Uniform Limited Convention Act." - Amends TCA Title 3.
  • SB 3407
    State Government - As introduced, prohibits Tennessee and all political subdivisions from adopting or implementing the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of principles for Sustainable Development, known as “Agenda 21.” -
  • SB 2392
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, requires that a law enforcement officer obtain a subpoena prior to placing an electronic tracking device on a vehicle for criminal investigation purposes. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 3361
    Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As introduced, exempts the sale of gold, silver and platinum coins and bullion that are used as mediums of exchange from sales tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6, Part 1 and Title 67, Chapter 6, Part 3.
  • SB 3750
    Traffic Safety - As introduced, prohibits a state or local governing body from installing or maintaining surveillance cameras to enforce speed limits after July 1, 2012. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.
  • SB3278
    Nuisances - As introduced, prohibits state and local government employees from installing or using high frequency sound emitting devices for crowd control. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8, Chapter 50; Title 39 and Title 47, Chapter 18.
  • SB 3750
    Traffic Safety - As introduced, prohibits a state or local governing body from installing or maintaining surveillance cameras to enforce speed limits after July 1, 2012. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.
  • SB 2150
    Taxes, Real Property - As introduced, requires increases in property tax rates higher than 1 percent by a county or municipality to be approved through a referendum; authorizes the referendum process. - Amends TCA Title 2; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 67.
  • SB 3046
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, creates Class C misdemeanor of a law enforcement officer unlawfully installing a tracking device on a person or object and establishes a procedure whereby the district attorney can apply to a court for permission to install a tracking device for a specified period for specified offenses. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 6 and Title 40, Chapter 6.
  • SB 3047
    Search & Seizure - As introduced, prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft or similar structures for the purpose of conducting investigations or surveillance where the investigating agency does not have a search warrant for the property under surveillance. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 2831
    Budget Procedures - As introduced, enacts the "Taxpayer Transparency Act"; requires the commissioner of finance and administration to create and maintain a searchable budget database web site detailing certain state budgetary information. - Amends TCA Title 9, Chapter 4, Part 51.
  • SB 3340
    Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As introduced, exempts sole proprietorships from the Hall income tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 2, Part 1.
  • SB 2777
    Taxes, Inheritance Gift - As introduced, eliminates the gift tax in 2013 and thereafter. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 6; Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 1 and Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 4.
  • SB 2872
    Motor Vehicles - As introduced, prohibits the disclosure of traffic citations from red-light cameras to consumer reporting agencies; prohibits such information from being identified in credit reports. - Amends TCA Section 55-8-198.
  • SB 2495
    Taxes, Inheritance Gift - As introduced, eliminates gift tax on transfers made on or after January 1, 2013. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 8.
  • SB 3408
    Real Property - As introduced, defines "private property rights" to clarify meaning of unwarranted government interference with such rights. - Amends TCA Title 12, Chapter 1, Part 2.
  • SB 2832
    Local Government, General - As introduced, enacts the "Local Government Transparency Act". - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 49.
  • SB 3687
    Political Parties - As introduced, allows recognized minor party to remain recognized for four years; lowers signature requirement to become recognized minor party. - Amends TCA Title 2.



  • SB 2991 by Faulk
    Criminal Procedure - As introduced, requires that a person give identification when requested by law enforcement that are enforcing criminal laws. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 2207 by Norris ( HB 2345 by McCormick)
    Public Records - As introduced, classifies as confidential the due diligence materials submitted by a company to the department of economic and community development; confidentiality applies until such time as the provider of the material no longer requires its confidentiality. - Amends TCA Section 4-3-730.
  • 2667 by Kelsey ( HB 2626 by DeBerry J)
    DNA and Genetic Testing - As introduced, adds five homicide offenses to the list of violent offenses for which a DNA sample is taken and stored in the database upon arrest rather than conviction. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 35, Part 3.
  • SB 2531 by Yager ( HB 3295 by Powers)
    Controlled Substances - As introduced, requires health care practitioners who are authorized to prescribe controlled substances to query the controlled substance database concerning the prescription history of certain persons and to make appropriate reports. - Amends TCA Title 53 and Title 63.
  • SB 2598 by Ketron ( HB 3053 by McDaniel)
    Radio and Television - As introduced, designates as confidential and not subject to open records laws any records obtained by or disclosed to a municipality or county by a cable or video service provider for the purpose of an audit or review. - Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 59, Part 3 and Section 10-7-504.
  • SB 3338 by Ketron ( HB 2845 by Carr)
    Fees - As introduced, establishes a fee imposed on customers for transmitting money through certain entities; requires the department of revenue to administer the collection of said fee; establishes a fund for the moneys collected that can be utilized by the Tennessee bureau of investigation for certain activities. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 9; Title 40, Chapter 33, Part 2; Title 45, Chapter 7, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 4.
  • SB 2423 by McNally ( HB 3228 by Watson)
    Fees - As introduced, establishes a fee imposed on customers for transmitting money through certain entities; requires the department of revenue to administer the collection of said fee; establishes a fund for the moneys collected that can be utilized by the Tennessee bureau of investigation for certain activities. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 9; Title 40, Chapter 33, Part 2; Title 45, Chapter 7, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 4.
  • SB 3480 by Tate ( HB 2271 by Hardaway)
    Public Records - As introduced, authorizes a local government's legislative body to designate certain records as proprietary information, and thereby not subject to public records law. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 10, Chapter 7.
  • SB 2803 by Tracy ( HB 2207 by Maggart)
    Motor Vehicles - As introduced, clarifies that trailers used in the furtherance of a business are required to be registered. - Amends TCA Title 55.
  • SB 2497 by Bell ( HB 2761 by Forgety)
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, removes the requirement that a defendant must use force against a law enforcement officer in order to commit the offense of resisting a stop, frisk, halt or search. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 16, Part 6.
  • SB 2909 by Henry ( HB 2277 by Harmon)
    Taxes, Gasoline, Petroleum Products - As introduced, increases tax on gasoline and diesel products one cent a year for the next five years; allocates funds from increase in tax to counties and cities. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 3, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 3, Part 9.
  • SB 2253 by Norris ( HB 2391 by McCormick)
    Drugs, Prescription - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Prescription Safety Act of 2012." - Amends TCA Title 53, Chapter 10, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 4 and Title 63, Chapter 1, Part 3.
  • SB 2934 by Norris ( HB 3004 by Williams R)
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, criminalizes photographing a person without consent and with the knowledge that the person is in a private place or has a reasonable expectation of privacy; enhances the fine associated with false imprisonment, assault, criminal trespass and trespass by motor vehicle when those crimes are committed with the purpose of obtaining a photograph in violation of the new crime. - Amends TCA Title 20; Title 29; Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 3504 by Tate ( HB 3667 by Turner J)
    Taxes - As introduced, enacts the "Millionaires' Tax Act." - Amends TCA Title 3; Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 12; Title 16; Title 30; Title 36; Title 39; Title 40; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 55; Title 56; Title 57; Title 61; Title 62; Title 67; Title 68; Title 69; Title 70 and Title 71.
  • SB 2407 by McNally ( HB 2569 by Dunn)
    Controlled Substances - As introduced, expands responsibility to report under "doctor shopping" laws; permits hospitals access to database for certain purposes and immunizes them from liability; requires photo identification for persons picking up prescriptions; allows federal law enforcement to access database without warrant; requires real-time access for law enforcement and pharmacists; requires pain clinics to be owned by Tennessee doctors or hospitals; penalizes interference with pharmacists' decisions to fill prescriptions; requires methadone clinics to query database. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4; Title 53, Chapter 10, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 3; Section 53-11-402; Title 63, Chapter 1, Part 3; Title 63, Chapter 10, Part 2 and Title 71, Chapter 5, Part 26.
  • SB 3468 by Tate
    Alcohol Offenses, Motor Vehicles - As introduced, requires the bodily fluid of a driver of a motor vehicle to be tested for alcohol or drugs if law enforcement has probable cause to believe that the driver caused an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury or if there is reasonable suspicion that the driver was under the influence and was impaired to the slightest degree. - Amends TCA Section 55-10-406.
  • SB 2914 by Overbey ( HB 2752 by Shipley)
    DUI Offenses - As introduced, clarifies that a person may be compelled to submit to an alcohol test under the implied consent law by other provisions of law, court order or search warrant. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 10, Part 4.

Lamar Alexander votes FOR Bloated Spending Bill Yesterday!

Senator "Large Government Lamar" Alexander (RINO-TN) apparently voted for a large bloated spending bill yesterday. 

Here is a brief writeup:

The actual roll call vote list:

Thanks to Ben Cunningham of the TN Tax Revolt for pointing this out.

TN Government Going Door-To-Door To Ask About Your “Disaster Prepardeness”


"The Tennessee Department of Health will be using a tool designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to go door to door and check to see how disaster ready you are.  It will be in 30 neighborhoods in Davidson County that have been randomly selected to be the target of a door to door assessment. Participants will be asked a list of 22 questions. "

One of the questions they will ask is:

"What is your primary way of getting information during a disaster or emergency?"



Diane Black voted for pork and waste

Congresswoman Diane Black voted for wasting $3 billion dollars on a pork project in Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio district. This project was an unnecessary and unneeded engine built by GE (who happens to own MS/NBC); every branch of the United States military AND even the Bush administration said it was a complete waste. She refused to vote to pull its funding thereby condoning the continuation of this pork project.

Watch this brief 2 minute video about the engine and why it isn't needed:


Here is an interactive map of who voted for / against killing the pork project:

Actual House list here:

Articles about the vote:

You can contact Congresswoman Diane Black's office to let her know what you think about this:


TN Pork Report just released!


Our friends at the free-market think tank, The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, have released their annual Pork Report which details how the little piglets that run our government here in Tennessee have suckled off of the taxpayers for the last 365 days.

It's a quick and easy read, take a couple of minutes and check it out:



New TN laws go into effect!

According to a recent press release by the TN Republican Senate Caucus, many new state laws go into effect on Thursday July 1, 2011..... so much for making the government smaller. Some of their release is below with added commentary in caps; we have made efforts to remove or correct as much of their subterfuge as possible... Keep in mind these are only the laws they are publicly touting, if anyone knows of a complete list of which bills becomes active Thursday please e-mail us back and let us know.

"Dangerous laws created by well intentioned people today can be used by dangerous people with evil intentions tomorrow.” -- unknown


Numerous anti-crime bills are among a host of new laws scheduled to take effect on July 1.  The General Assembly passed several bills cracking down on illegal drugs, sex offenders, gang violence, terrorism, and domestic violence before adjourning the 2011 legislative session that will take effect as the new month begins, as well as two key bills dealing with the court process.

“We made significant progress in attacking crime this year,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), whose Committee hears legislation dealing with crime, corrections and the court process.  “We passed several major public safety initiatives that will take effect in July, including legislation to fight meth use in our state and new laws to tip the scales towards the side of justice for victims of crime.” - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1171603708

Key anti-drug bills passed this year includes a new law sponsored by Senator Beavers that stiffens penalties for making methamphetamines in the presence of a child and implements a statewide electronic tracking system to curb meth production in the state.  The bill also sets amounts of pseudoephedrine that can be purchased and strengthens penalties against those convicted of smurfing, or shopping for the product in multiple locations.  Although the bill takes effect on July 1, pharmacies have until January 1, 2012 to connect to the system.  - [THIS BILL WILL MAKE PHARMACEUTICALS MORE EXPENSIVE DUE TO THE INCREASED COST BURDEN PLACED UPON PHARMACIES AND DRUG COMPANIES WHICH WILL BE PASSED ON TO CUSTOMERS]

A separate bill, sponsored by Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), which takes effect on July 1, ensures that those who shop in multiple counties for meth precursors can be appropriately prosecuted for the crime in any county where the purchase was made.  Another measure, sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), gives consumers important health information regarding vehicles which has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamines.
Drug felons will find it more difficult to get welfare benefits under a bill passed this year and which takes effect on July 1.  The new law, sponsored by Senator Tracy, prohibits an adult convicted of a felony for possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance from being eligible to receive Families First program benefits.  The new law applies to welfare recipients convicted on or after July 1, 2011 and extends for a period of three years unless the individual receives treatment for substance abuse.

Major legislation, sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman), is set to take effect on July 1 eliminating pretrial diversion for the most dangerous criminals in Tennessee.  No felony crimes would be eligible for pre-trial diversion under the legislation. "The new law centers on defendant accountability in the judicial system and also speaks to the constitutional rights of victims to have their voices heard,” said Senator Yager.  “Under previous law, victims had no voice in a pre-trial diversion situation.” the court process was also the focus of a new law which will be enacted into law on July 1, which is known as the “common sense” or “good faith exception” to the “exclusionary rule” regarding suppression of evidence under the fourth amendment, or unreasonable search and seizure.  The new law allows a judge to give a jury access to evidence or facts obtained as a result of a search or seizure which contains a minor technical error. “This new law attempts to balance the scales of justice to a standard embraced by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Leon and Herring v. United States to allow the judge and jury to weigh all the facts and still administer justice in an objective manner,” said Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), who sponsored the bill. -  [IF THE GOVERNMENT SCREWS UP ITS POLICE WORK NORMALLY THAT EVIDENCE IS THROWN OUT OF COURT. ACCORDING TO THIS NEW LAW THE TENNESSEE GOVERNMENT WILL NOW BE ALLOWED TO MAKE ERRORS WHICH WILL REMOVE THEIR INCENTIVE TO CARRY OUT PROPER AND LAWFUL INVESTIGATIONS]

In other crime-related action, legislation is set to take effect to ensure that random killings, like that of the “Beltway Sniper,” are subject to the death penalty in Tennessee.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) adds “murder at random” to the list of statutory aggravating circumstances for the purpose of sentencing.

In legislation combating gang violence, a new law takes effect on July 1 which authorizes judges to allow a district attorney to use a wiretap when the interception may provide evidence of criminal gang-related activities in aggravated burglaries. This legislation, sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Marvyille), adds home invasions to the list of gang-related activities where a wiretap may be authorized.

The legislature passed an anti-terrorism bill due to take effect on July 1 that updates and strengthens the Tennessee Terrorism Prevention Act that was passed shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.  The “Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011,” sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) makes the provision of “material support” a Class A felony and helps to close the prevention gap left by the 2002 statute. - [THERE ARE TOO MANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS BILL TO LIST. HOWEVER IT ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO PERSECUTE INDIVIDUALS BASED UPON ASSOCIATION AND RELIGION] http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1028

Domestic violence legislation, sponsored by Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville), takes effect on July 1 defining and clarifying the crime of attempted strangulation.  The new law provides clarity regarding this lethal force, which is one of the best predictors of future homicide in domestic violence cases.

Several bills are set to take effect in July strengthening penalties against sex offenders, including:

A bill sponsored by Senator Overbey to ensure that law enforcement officers posing as minors can be used to prosecute cases where sexual predators use electronic means to solicit those under the age of 18. - [OTHERWISE KNOWN AS BAITING OR ENTRAPMENT?]

A bill sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to add juveniles convicted of the most violent sexual offenses to the state’s Sex Offender Registry. [DON'T KIDS GET A CLEAN SLATE ONCE THEY TURN 18?]

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tracy to ensure that an adult authority figure who has inappropriate sexual contact with a minor child by touching or kissing the child on the lips, is held accountable for his or her actions. - [PARENTS CAN NOW GO TO JAIL FOR KISSING THEIR CHILDREN ON THE LIPS IF THE GOVERNMENT THINKS THERE IS SEXUAL 'INTENT'?] - http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/107/pub/pc0088.pdf

“Some of these anti-crime bills had been pending for many years,” added Beavers.  “I am very pleased with the legislation passed this year, especially considering tight budget constraints we faced.” - http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s17.html


"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood: if they be repealed or revised before they are promulg[at]ed, or undergo such incessant changes, that no man who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow." - James Madison