Attorney General

Press release from the Office of the Attorney General of Tennessee; August 29, 2012:  Tennessee homeowners are already reaping substantial benefits under the National Mortgage Settlement, according to a preliminary report released today by settlement monitor Joe Smith. Compiling data received from all five mortgage servicers who are party to the settlement, the report shows […]

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A bill to change the way the state’s attorney general is selected failed to garner enough support in the Senate this week.

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Press release from the Senate Republican Caucus; April 4, 2012: (NASHVILLE, TN), April 4, 2012 — Legislation sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) that would allow Tennessee’s Governor to appoint the State Attorney General was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Tennessee is the only state in the nation […]

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Attorney General Robert Cooper told lawmakers Tuesday his office lost 14 percent of its lawyer workforce to other offices and firms last year, in part because the state’s salaries for experienced lawyers are not competitive. That figure was more than double the percentage that left the prior year, fiscal year 2010, Attorney General Cooper said […]

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Press Release from the Office of Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Aug. 31, 2011: Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and 45 other attorneys general are urging Backpage.com to do more to stop online classified ads promoting human sex trafficking, particularly those that could involve minors. In a letter to the online classified site’s lawyers, […]

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House Speaker Beth Harwell said Saturday she believes there’s political momentum behind the idea of changing the way Tennessee selects a state attorney general, and movement of a bill or resolution addressing the matter is likely this session. The Republican from Nashville also expressed admiration and support for Tennessee teachers — and added that she’s […]

Among the ideas under consideration are popular election of the attorney general by the state’s citizenry or an appointment by the Legislature or the governor. Also suggested is a shifting of lawsuit-filing power to a solicitor general either elected by voters or hand-picked by lawmakers or the governor.

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The newly elected speaker of the state House of Representatives says she hasn’t decided yet whether she thinks it’s a good idea to let Tennessee voters elect the state’s attorney general. Senate GOP lawmakers are promising to pass a constitutional-amendment bill this year that attempts to do that, like they did last session. “I haven’t […]

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The movement’s activists and allies in the Legislature questions the current attorney general’s priorities. They want the AG or solicitor general more accountable to the will of an electoral majority.

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Only city of Memphis residents may vote in an upcoming election on whether to merge Memphis City Schools with Shelby County Schools, according to an attorney general’s opinion issued Monday. The city has been engaged in a fierce debate over whether to combine the predominantly black city schools with the predominantly white county system since […]

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Arguments still rage over how, when or if local law enforcement should be using the unmanned surveillance equipment. Questions remain as to whether the devices are demonstrably effective at improving road safety, or if they are even constitutional.

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The measure passed 19-14 and now heads to the House of Representatives, but the resolution still has a long way to go before it can become reality.

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