Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 4: State Government

Chapter 29: Tennessee Governmental Entity Review Law

Part 1: Entity Review

TCA 4-29-104: Hearings.

(a) Prior to the termination, continuation, reestablishment or restructuring of any governmental entity, the evaluation committee created in § 4-29-103 shall hold at least one (1) public hearing and receive testimony from the public and from the administrative head of the governmental entity.

(b) The governmental entity shall have the burden of demonstrating the public need for its continued existence and the extent to which any change in organization, structure or transfer to another department of state government for administrative purposes would increase the operational or administrative effectiveness and efficiency of such entity.

(c) (1) Notice of the time and place of the public hearing shall be published in at least one (1) newspaper of general circulation in each of the state's major metropolitan areas, Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and the tri-cities area composed of Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport, ten (10) days prior to the hearing.

(2) [Deleted by 2016 amendment.]

(3) Funding allocated for purchasing publication of such notices in Nashville, Memphis, rural west Tennessee, Knoxville and Chattanooga newspapers may be expended to purchase publication of such notices within newspapers published primarily for distribution within the African-American communities within Nashville, Memphis, rural west Tennessee, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

History: Acts 1977, ch. 452, § 10; T.C.A., § 4-2910; Acts 1980, ch. 722, §§ 1, 2; 1993, ch. 521, § 1; 2003, ch. 396, § 3; 2004, ch. 949, § 2; 2005, ch. 374, § 1; 2006, ch. 1000, § 1; 2007, ch. 547, § 1; 2016, ch. 574, § 1.