The second half of the 111th Session of the TN General Assembly began January 14, 2020.
The 2020 legislative session was busy for TNAAP and, of course, complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic (which included cancellation of our day on the hill). In early March there was limited access to legislators due to the pandemic and they recessed on March 19. The general assembly then reconvened on June 1 (to the address the budget and a few other key matters) and adjourned sine die on June 19 at 3:00 a.m.
Throughout this period TNAAP monitored hundreds of pieces of legislation and was active in discussions with legislators on numerous matters important to child health and pediatricians including opposing the concept of full practice authority for nurse practitioners and lobbying against anti-vaccination legislation. Other key areas of focus included postpartum coverage for women on TennCare, supporting anti-tobacco/vaping efforts, weighing in on telehealth legislation, youth sports and much more.
The next General Assembly will begin in January 2021.
AAP Legislative Conference Sponsorship
TNAAP sponsors ONE resident and ONE Early Career Physician (first 10 years of practice) from Tennessee to attend the AAP Legislative Conference in Washington, DC each year.
Watch for an announcement for 2021 sponsorship in the fall/winter of 2020!
Contact Ruth.Allen@tnaap.org to find out how you can become a part of the TNAAP advocacy team.