Tennessee Secretary of State and Tennessee General Assembly Save Tennessee Charities Over Two Million Dollars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett is pleased to announce that the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joey Hensley and Representative Rush Bricken keeping the reduced $10 fee for all charitable filings in place for fiscal year 2023, saving Tennessee non-profits an estimated $2.1 million.

“When Tennesseans donate their hard-earned dollars, they want to see that money used to carry out the non-profit organization’s charitable work not go to government reserves,” said Secretary Hargett. “I appreciate Senator Hensley and Representative Bricken working with our office to sponsor this legislation that supports the great work Tennessee’s charitable organizations do across our state.”

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2021 to reduce all fees charged under the Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Act to $10 for the 2022 fiscal year. Charitable filing fees typically range from $50 to $240.  Sen. Hensley and Rep. Bricken’s legislation extends the fee reduction for the upcoming fiscal year. 

“Our charitable organizations in Tennessee do so much good to improve our communities and help citizens,” said Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald. “During this time of record inflation, Tennessee non-profits need to be able to keep as much money as possible so they can reach more people and provide greater services. I am glad that through this legislation our nonprofits will be able to deploy an additional $2.1 million into the services they provide to our citizens.”

“Tennesseans are incredibly generous, and the donations they give to non-profits across our state each year deserve to stay with those important organizations,” said Rep. Rush Bricken, R-Tullahoma. “I was proud to sponsor this legislation to reduce charitable filing fees for another year in Tennessee. By doing so, we will help ensure millions of dollars in contributions remain with non-profits that offer essential support to individuals across our state.”

Governor Bill Lee signed the legislation into law on April 14, 2022. Public Chapter Act 867 takes effect July 1, 2022. 

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Division of Business and Charitable Organizations, visit sos.tn.gov/charities.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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