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Lawmakers Have Two Words For Retiring Doug Henry: Gentleman, Statesman

Lawmakers Have Two Words For Retiring Doug Henry: Gentleman, Statesman

by / on April 11, 2014

Lawmakers wiped away tears Thursday as they honored retiring state Senator Doug Henry – the longest-serving legislator in Tennessee history.

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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell expects lawmakers will revisit the prospect of requiring a prescription to get certain cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.  She also expressed optimism for allowing wine to be sold in groceries, instead of strictly liquor stores. (Credit Daniel Potter)

House Sinks For-Profit Charter Schools Bill, After Rare Plea From Speaker Harwell

by / on April 3, 2014

A House committee, spurred on by Speaker Beth Harwell’s urging, sunk a bill that would’ve let for-profit corporations oversee charter schools in Tennessee.

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Hemp has not been grown legally in the US since 1958, though some farmers have tried small scale plots. Credit: sareoutreach via Flickr

Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature

by / on January 31, 2014

The time for growing hemp in Tennessee has come, according to leaders of the state legislature who have recently opened their minds to the agricultural potential. The cousin to cannabis has been legalized for industrial use in nine other states.

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GOP Leaders Warn Against Wine-in-Supermarket Revival

GOP Leaders Warn Against Wine-in-Supermarket Revival

by / on March 28, 2013

A deal on wine in supermarkets is still working its way through the state Senate, but the House has been silent since a narrow committee vote killed the bill two weeks ago.

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Harwell Breaks Tie to Save Wine in Grocery Stores

by / on March 6, 2013

House Speaker Beth Harwell single-handedly kept an effort alive that would allow grocery stores to begin selling wine. In a rare move, Wednesday she broke a tie in a legislative subcommittee.

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State Charter Authorizer Sponsor ‘Listening’ to Input

State Charter Authorizer Sponsor ‘Listening’ to Input

by / on February 19, 2013

A bill to create a state charter authorizer has been delayed. The sponsor now says he’s listening to critics, who say the legislation unfairly singles out Nashville and Memphis.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – State Charter Authorizer vs Local Control

Capitol Hill Conversation – State Charter Authorizer vs Local Control

by / on February 19, 2013

Charter schools have returned to the state legislature’s front burner. A proposed bill that is facing some bi-partisan resistance would allow the state to authorize new charters. Democrats are upset that the bill only applies to schools in Nashville and Memphis. And one Republican lawmaker – a former superintendent – says it violates the GOP’s belief in local control.

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Democrats Say State Charter Authorizer Will ‘Stick It’ to Cities

Democrats Say State Charter Authorizer Will ‘Stick It’ to Cities

by / on February 14, 2013

Nashville Democrats say they were blindsided this week by a proposal to give the state ultimate authority in allowing charter schools to open. The legislation was rewritten to only include Nashville and Memphis.

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Proposed Bill Limit Hiked But Not Spiked

Proposed Bill Limit Hiked But Not Spiked

by / on January 8, 2013

House Speaker Beth Harwell has increased her limit on legislative proposals per lawmaker. The move is in response to grumbling from members of her own party.

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Rules to Dominate Opening Hours of General Assembly

Rules to Dominate Opening Hours of General Assembly

by / on January 7, 2013

House Speaker Beth Harwell says she’s ready to “fight for” rule changes she’s proposed to modify how the chamber does business. Considering those rules will be job number one as the General Assembly convenes this week.

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Cooper Proposes Restoring South Nashville to Congressional District

by / on January 4, 2012

Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper wants his district to go back to the way it once was and include all of Davidson County.

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House Redistricting Plan Maintains Minority Districts, Recognizes Hispanics

by / on January 4, 2012

Tennessee’s House of Representatives would have the same number of minority voting districts under a proposal released Wednesday, even if it results in fewer minority lawmakers.

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Redistricting Plan Pits a Dozen Incumbents, Creates Six New Districts

by / on January 4, 2012

A dozen incumbent members of the state House – mostly Democrats – would have to run against each other in the redistricting plan released by Republicans Wednesday. One contest pits two Representatives in Davidson County.

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Dean Discourages Multiple Congressional Districts, Turner Says Bring It On

by / on August 29, 2011

As the General Assembly redraws political lines, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is asking that the city remain primarily under one congressional district. Dean sent a letter to the Speaker of the House last month.

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Deadline Set for Legislative Plaza to Become ADA Compliant

by / on July 20, 2011

Tennessee and the federal government have reached an agreement to make state legislative facilities more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Board of Nursing Investigation Raises Question: How Far Can Politicians Go?

by / on July 20, 2011

Two state representatives have acknowledged they used legislation to force the state Board of Nursing to reinstate constituents. The case raises the question of how far a politician can go in negotiating with a professional board.

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Anti-Abortion Amendment to Go on Ballot in 2014

by / on May 20, 2011

After a four-year campaign, anti-abortion activists today got final approval to put the abortion question before the voters at the next governor’s election.

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Collective Bargaining Headed to Conference Committee

by / on May 19, 2011

The state House of Representatives today set up a possible fight with the Senate over how much power to strip away from the Tennessee Education Association.

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Kinder, Gentler Collective Bargaining Bill Survives in Committee

by / on May 11, 2011

The speaker of the Tennessee House broke a tie (today/yesterday) to help move a bill that would change the collective bargaining rights of the state teachers’ union.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Collective Bargaining Debate Nears End

by / on May 2, 2011

After months of twists and turns, a battle over the future of collective bargaining for Tennessee teachers approaches what appears to be some finality this week.

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