New legislation passed by the Tennessee Legislature in 2015 addressed every corner of municipal administration. Whether individuals represented law enforcement, finance and budgets or were elected officials, there was legislative updates that pertained to Tennessee cities.

The UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), in cooperation with the Tennessee Municipal League (TML), facilitated training on the 2015 Tennessee State Legislature’s session. With more than 170 participants, these sessions were conducted in Kingsport, Knoxville, Franklin, Collegedale and Jackson. These interactive classes covered 35 areas and over 230 individual legislative acts. Areas of interest included: alcoholic beverages, animals, authorities, boards, commissions, codes enforcement, contracts, crime and criminal procedure, economic development, education, elections, environment, finance, fire, firearms, general government, land use, planning and zoning, landlords and tenants, law enforcement, motor vehicles and traffic, personnel, records, state government, taxation, tort liability, transportation, and utilities. The intended purpose of these sessions was to educate municipal officials regarding changes in laws impacting Tennessee cities.

Municipal employees across the state discovered what impact recent state legislation will have on their respective communities with the assistance of these sessions, led by MTAS Legal Consultant Elisha Hodge.

Some city officials attending the sessions provided comments such as “Very informative and time relevant!” “All the laws in four hours - Impressive” and “Quality speaker - hit the high key points of law, with fun slides to entertain the class.” Participants also commented they valued the presentation with the summary of the public law changes. These summaries were categorized as precise, objective and informative.


Hodge has summarized the information she covered in the sessions and that information is posted in an online version of the courses. The online version is titled Summary of 2015 Public Acts and is available at under the headline Municipal Legislation 2015 online course.


Cutline: MTAS Legal Consultant Elisha Hodge leads a legislative update course at the UT Conference Center.

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