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- LWVTN Asks Governor Haslam to put Privatization Efforts on Hold
The League of Women Voters of Tennessee sent a letter to Governor Bill Haslam asking that further efforts to privatize state services be put on hold until existing material related to privatization of state services is made public and a transparent decision making process which includes a mechanism for input from stakeholders, including legislators as well as the general public, is established.
The League does not take a position for or against privatization of facility management services at this time. It is the process being followed by the administration that principally concerns us.
The administration's decision-making process should be transparent and deliver to stakeholders and the public the necessary and compelling evidence of need. The League encourages the state to incorporate these best practices into its decision-making:
For full text of letter, click here.
- An open process that allows for stakeholder and citizen input and oversight;
- A reasonable feasibility study and project evaluation appropriate to the project scope
- The establishment of selection criteria for the private-entity (beyond the lowest cost bid);
- Additional consideration for local bidders in order to support the local economy;
- The retention of liability and responsibility with the government entity;
- Allowance for and promotion of opportunities for innovation and collaboration; and,
- Provisions for employees displaced as a result of privatization
For League position on privatization, click here.
LWVTN meets with Speaker Harwell
pictured from left to right: Barbara Devaney, Barbara Gay, Speaker Harwell, Debby Gould, Marian Ott)
Members of the LWVTN Action Committee met with Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell to discuss the League's legislative priorities. The conversation focused on the three important issues:
· fees for the inspection of public records --- which the LWVTN opposes
· transparency in the process of determining whether/which government services should be privatized strongly urged by LWVTN
· online voter registration which LWVTN advocates for TN this election reform has been implemented in 30 other states
Speaker Harwell also received the LWVTN's full list of 2016 Legislative priorities. To see them click here
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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political candidate or party.
Established in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a highly respected organization that researches issues from many points of view and takes action on issues affecting our families and communities. Our members are men and women who want to make a difference.
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