Tennessee’s top Republicans are giving the cold shoulder to President Obama as he makes a rare visit to the state. Governor Bill Haslam’s office says he decided to keep his scheduled appointments Tuesday rather than travel to Chattanooga.
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The Tennessee Senate added its voice to the state House in condemning the United Nations’ ‘Agenda 21’ on Tuesday. The program is an environmental initiative meant to encourage sustainable development. A majority of Tennessee lawmakers now describe it as destructive.
Monday night the state Senate signed off on a proposal for selecting judges that would let them grill the nominees live, just like the U.S. Senate does in Washington. The change requires a constitutional amendment.
The State Senate Monday night passed a bill that would allow any college instructor to receive a license to teach his subject in high schools with no additional educational training.
The measure would apply to anyone who teaches college, even part-timers.
The Tennessee State Senate passed an amended version of a bill that opens classrooms to debate that questions established scientific theories.
State Senators still face a vote this week on a “health care compact,” after the Republican sponsoring the measure refused to put it aside for the summer.
Low-income students in the four largest counties of the state could use a voucher to go to a different school – even a private or a religious school, under a bill passed Thursday in the Tennessee Senate.
Legislation to strip the state teachers’ union of its negotiating power has whip-sawed back and forth this year. The House is working on a compromise that allows the Tennessee Education Association to continue to negotiate, but the state senate is moving forward to take away the right of collective bargaining.
Under a bill passed last night by the state Senate, some voters will have to show a driver’s license, a passport, naturalization papers or some other proof of their U.S. citizenship.
Even though the U.S. Congress has not passed an overhaul of health care, the Tennessee Senate took steps Wednesday to block a national insurance system.
A potential federal program to trade renewable energy credits brought the Tennessee State Senate to a standstill today.
State Senator Andy Berke of Chattanooga got the Senate to agree Thursday with a bill that sets up a pilot program to create a re-entry plan for people being released from prison.