2018 Tennessee Code
Title 3 - Legislature
Chapter 6 - Ethics and Lobbying
Part 1 - Tennessee Ethics Commission Act of 2006 -- Ethics Commission
§ 3-6-107. Powers of the commission.
- The Tennessee ethics commission possesses power to:
(1) Subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance and testimony, conduct audits, administer oaths, take evidence and require, by subpoena duces tecum, the production of books, papers, records or other evidence needed for the performance of the commission's duties or exercise of its powers, including its duties and powers of investigation;
(2) Issue written advisory opinions to any person subject to the jurisdiction of the commission in accordance with §§ 3-6-117 and 3-6-308(a)(4). When issuing any advisory opinion or any other interpretive document, the commission shall review and consider all operative statutory provisions, as well as the legislative history pertaining to the statutory provisions, as evidenced by legislative committee and floor actions, discussions and debates;
(3) Request legal and investigative assistance from the office of the attorney general and reporter;
(4) Conduct a hearing to determine if an actual violation has occurred;
(5) Issue an appropriate order following a determination of an actual violation;
(6) Assess and collect late filing fees in amounts provided by statute;
(7) Assess and collect a civil penalty as provided in this chapter, title 8, chapter 50, part 5, and rules promulgated pursuant to this chapter and title 8, chapter 50, part 5; provided, that the commission shall only have the power to assess a civil penalty after notice and opportunity for hearing; and
(8) Seek injunctive relief in the chancery court of Davidson County to prevent continuing violations of this chapter.