CHATTANOGA, TN — The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators’ series of town hall meetings across the state is coming to Chattanooga in July.
TBCSL Vice-Chair, Representative JoAnne Favors of Chattanooga, says the lawmakers will provide an update on the legislative package passed by the Caucus earlier this year, as well as funding the Black Caucus secured in Governor Bill Haslam’s budget. Additionally, Caucus members are hoping to hear from the general public about what type of legislation they would like to see the Caucus propose next year. The Chattanooga meeting will be held July 10th, 2017 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center at 6:00PM. Rep. Favors says, “The Caucus believes these meetings will help inform Tennessee citizens of issues vital to the growth and health of their state and we all look forward to a great turnout.” TBCSL Chair Rep. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis adds, “We tailored some of our comprehensive criminal justice reform package after hearing input from people across the state on how desperately reform is needed. Similarly, we’d like to take the feedback we gather in these town hall meetings and use that information to help build our statewide agenda for the 2018 legislative session.” The first meeting was held in Memphis in June, with Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Bolivar and Oak Ridge to take place throughout the summer.