Photos: State Of The State, From Beginning To End

majority leaders

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (left) and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick launch the formal process, sending a panel of lawmakers to retrieve the governor (no, seriously) to give his annual remarks. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Senate Speaker (who also also holds the title of lieutenant governor) Ron Ramsey introduces Gov. Bill Haslam, who gave his fourth State of the State address Monday night. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Senate Speaker (who also also holds the title of lieutenant governor) Ron Ramsey introduces Gov. Bill Haslam, who gave his fourth State of the State address Monday night. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

haslam to the crowd

All 132 lawmakers of the combined House and Senate fill the House chambers to hear the State of the State address. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

everyone claps

Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled a program he calls “Tennessee Promise.” It takes $300 million from the state’s lottery reserve fund to create and endowment that will pay the way for anyone to go to community college. While lawmakers have questions about the details, they unanimously applauded the idea. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

glen casada something to chew on

Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) has something to chew on. Lawmakers will have to approve Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to pay the way for everyone to go to community college. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

chancellor morgan

Chancellor John Morgan oversees the Tennessee Board of Regents, which includes all of the state’s community colleges. Gov. Haslam also proposed buildings for a new Williamson County campus and construction at Vol State Monday night. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

darin gordon

It was a tough night for Darin Gordon, director of TennCare. His agency is feeling the brunt of the cuts in order to pay for improvements to education. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

craig fitzhugh

House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh tells reporters he’s disappointed that Gov. Haslam still hasn’t made a move to accept federal money and expand the state’s Medicaid program. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

haslam and doug henry

The longest applause of the night was for Sen. Doug Henry (D-Nashville) who is retiring as the longest-serving member of the Tennessee General Assembly. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

doug henry

By Gov. Haslam’s math, Sen. Doug Henry came to his first State of the State Address when Haslam was “negative three.” He will retire this fall after 50 years as a state lawmaker. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

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