Government Relations and Legal Affairs

Through its government relations program, TBA represents the interests of our member banks to state government as well as federal legislative and regulatory bodies. The department reviews, monitors and responds to legislation and regulatory action, at both the state and federal level, and serves as a resource to legislators, their staff and agency/department staff. In addition, the Government Relations & Legal Affairs staff works with TBA’s member banks to promote the association’s government relations program and to encourage active participation in the process by providing the necessary resources and information needed to communicate effectively on the issues.

On the Hill

Amy Heaslet, TBA Executive Vice President and General Counsel, writes her “On the Hill” column for The Tennessee Banker magazine which is published every other month. She covers legislative news and TBA’s GR efforts at the state and federal level. Click on a link below to read her recent columns.

Amy Heaslet

EVP/General Counsel
March/April 2021
TBA presents three bills, pushes back against sales tax burden shifting to banks
November/December 2020
TBA and ABA held virtual Washington Conference
July/August 2020
An "unprecedented" General Assembly
March/April 2020
The battle over lien priority between lenders and construction contractors
November/December 2019
Looking forward to the 111th General Assembly
January/February 2021
TBA priorities for the 112th General Assembly
September/October 2020
Thanks to banker outreach, new bill protects against frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits
May/June 2020
General Assembly in recess until June 1
January/February 2020
111th General Assembly underway
September/October 2019
Bankers benefit from the changing political landscape