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2017 Tennessee General Assembly: Recap

Every year and every legislative session is critical to achieving the AARP mission – to champion positive social change in order to enhance the quality of life for all as we age. This year’s session of the Tennessee General Assembly, however, was one of the best ever.

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The 2017 legislative session included landmark legislation, key victories for people 50+ and their families, and critical support for our veterans and most vulnerable citizens. Among the issues tackled during the 2017 were property tax relief, elder abuse, caregiving and livable communities.

"I’d like to thank our state legislators for their vision to help those in need," said AARP Tennessee Advocacy Director Shelley Courington. "And, I applaud the AARP volunteer advocates for their tireless and relentless dedication to impactful policy change."

2017 TN Legislative Report

AARP Tennessee volunteers and staff monitors hundreds of bills, assessing the potential impact each may have on older Tennesseans. The legislative victories you see in this report were not easy wins, but they were worth the investment of time and resources to help them become reality. Our team is already preparing for the 2018 session, so if you’re interested in getting involved as an advocacy volunteer, email us at or visit to join our email list and receive advocacy alerts right to your inbox.

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