Governor Bill Haslam’s latest budget proposal could be in for a rough ride before it gets approval from state lawmakers, if Monday night was any indicator, as representatives voiced frustration with Haslam’s latest plan.
Articles by: Daniel Potter
Two policies set last summer by Tennessee’s board of education are now being revisited by state lawmakers: how teachers can keep (or lose) their licenses, and how their salary is determined.
Governor Bill Haslam will have to run it by lawmakers, if he settles on a plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. That’s the requirement laid out in a bill that has now passed both chambers of the state legislature.
The move to bar the Amp’s use of a dedicated center lane, jeopardizing crucial federal funding for the project, passed 27 to 4, with backing from several Nashville senators.
The governor’s school vouchers proposal is back in gear in the state Senate. The bill had stalled amid confusion over which students it would affect, and where in Tennessee.
State lawmakers congratulated each other Wednesday on a compromise to limit the sale of cold medicine used to make meth. The bill is not as tough as Governor Bill Haslam’s original proposal—itself derided by some as a half-measure.
State lawmakers killed a proposal Tuesday to allow medical marijuana. But a bill moved forward that would permit a limited study of medical uses for cannabis oil.
Haslam is trying to win over skeptical legislators, and asking for help from business leaders.
Tennessee senators drew a line Monday, over the cost of college for students whose parents are undocumented immigrants. The Senate voted to let those born in the U.S. pay in-state rates—but sidelined a proposal to help undocumented students born elsewhere.
There’s a seeming paranoia in the state legislature this spring: Committee chairmen want reassurances—guarantees, even—before they sign off on proposals.
Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey is looking to keep his options open, in case lawmakers want to override a veto from Governor Bill Haslam. Ramsey wants to schedule a special veto override session, just in case.
The state school board could soon get the power to sign off on new charter schools, if a local district refuses. The state Senate signed off Thursday on the proposal, sought by Nashville’s top lawmaker, House Speaker Beth Harwell.
State senators are weighing how tough a law they can realistically hope to pass targeting meth. They want to make it harder to get the drug’s key ingredient—the cold medicine pseudoephedrine.
State lawmakers will wait until the end of session to take on a proposal that would let people carry guns in any park across the state, without exceptions. The bill has already passed the Senate, but was postponed Wednesday in the House.
A proposal from the governor called the Tennessee Promise meant to get more students into community colleges got a needed boost Tuesday thanks to a compromise with four-year schools.
A state lawmaker who’s been itching for a fight over the Common Core educational standards got one yesterday. Rep. Rick Womick brought proposals to discontinue Tennessee’s use of the grade-level benchmarks and their companion test; both were killed in committee.
Legislative wrangling over the Common Core educational standards ramped up a notch Tuesday morning, with state lawmakers weighing a bill to back Tennessee out altogether from the grade-level benchmarks adopted by dozens of states.
State lawmakers showed no sign of letting up Monday night on new educational standards they’ve been taking pot shots at, known as the Common Core. Senators passed a bill aimed at concerns over the use of student data, while tensions mounted more broadly over the new educational benchmarks.
In a sea change on illegal immigration, Tennessee’s largely Republican legislature could allow in-state tuition rates for students whose families came to the U.S. without documentation.
The surprise move would not change benchmarks already in place in math and language-arts, but it would set back a new standardized test currently set to start next year.