LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

PRESENTED BY:
Nicole Osborne
        Government Affairs Counsel
        Chambliss B ahner & Stophel
Nicole Osborne leads government relations, public policy, and economic development initiatives for Chambliss clients. She helps clients understand the who, what, why, and how of governments and governmental agencies. With a strong background representing client interests before the Tennessee Legislature, Congress, and numerous local, state, and federal agencies, Nicole knows the importance of proactively developing strong relationships together with strategic public policy planning. For the past 10 years, she has monitored legislation and identified issues for numerous clients. She has particular experience with utilities, regulatory compliance, and identifying legislation affecting business practices. She assists with various government relations matters, such as drafting and negotiating legislation, educating clients on legislative processes and procedures, and managing PAC and fundraising programs. Other past experience includes managing government and regulatory affairs for Tennessee American Water Company in Tennessee and Georgia. She developed and implemented legislative and regulatory efforts, led crisis management tasks, worked with the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and spearheaded legislation to allow private water companies to have access to the State Revolving Loan Fund. Nicole also worked for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action, U.S. Senator John Warner, and U.S. Senator George Allen.

Bo Watson
        Senator
        District 11 - Tennessee General Assembly
Bo Watson was first elected as a state senator for the 105th Tennessee General Assembly, having previously served as a state representative during the 104th General Assembly. Bo Watson represents the 11th district. In January 2017 became Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee. From July 2011 until January 2017, he was Speaker pro tempore in the Tennessee Senate. Bo Watson was born on October 21, 1960.[1] Watson graduated during 1979 from the Baylor School where he was a state high school wrestling champion. Watson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1983 with a B.A. in Biology and received his education and training in physical therapy at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee. Watson has been a practicing physical therapist for twenty-six years and he is currently the Director of Sports Medicine and Therapy Services at HCA-Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Todd Gardenhire 
        Senator
        District 10 - Tennessee General Assembly
Biography to follow


Mike Carter
        Representative
        District 29 - Tennessee General Assembly
Mike Carter is a life long resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee.  He graduated Ooltewah High School in 1971, obtained his B.S. from Middle Tennessee University in Pre-Law in 1975.  He attended the University of Memphis obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1978. Mike practiced law for twenty years in Chattanooga representing a wide range of clients including Hamilton County from 1985 until 1997. In 1997 Mike was appointed to Judge of the General Sessions Court of Hamilton County Tennessee.  In August of 2005 after volunteering to serve in nursing homes in Houston, Texas during hurricane Rita, Mike came to the conclusion to resign his judgeship and go into full time service for those elderly who could not serve themselves. In 2009 he was asked by County Mayor Claude Ramsey to return to government service serving as his Special Assistant to the county mayor.  He resigned this position when Mayor Ramsey left Hamilton County to become Deputy Governor of the State of Tennessee. In 2012 he was elected as a State Representative to serve the people of the newly created 29th District of Tennessee and was re-elected in 2014. Currently in his second term in the Tennessee General Assembly Mike serves as Vice-Chairman on the House Civil Justice Committee, a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee, and the House Ethics Committee. Representative Carter also serves on TACIR (Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations), and the House Judicial Oversight Panel. Mike is the sponsor of the bill giving the people the right to vote on annexation of cities. He was selected as “rookie of the year,” by The Tennessee Journal for handling the Annexation Moratorium.


Thursday, November 9, 2017
Hamilton County Commission Room
4th Floor Hamilton County Courthouse
1:00 p.m. Registration / 1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. CLE Seminar
3 hours General CLE Credit
CBA Member $ 75.00 / Non Member $ 100.00