A proposal giving businesses such as wedding photographers a legal way to refuse service to gay couples has been shelved for the year in the Tennessee legislature. The sponsor says it may be redundant.
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Moderate Republicans may have kept Tennessee’s Governor from having his hands tied regarding Medicaid expansion. They voted with Democrats Tuesday on the powerful Senate Finance Committee to leave the state’s options open.
The Tennessee Senate has signed off on a plan to allow retired police officers who are teachers to carry a gun in class. But several Republican lawmakers objected, saying the proposal doesn’t go far enough.
Governor Bill Haslam vaguely referenced school vouchers in his State of the State speech last month, and now his limited proposal is up for debate in the legislature. Committees begin their work on the bill this week.
The state’s hospitals are playing out the “what if’s” as lawmakers consider whether to expand Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul. Their study says 90,000 Tennessee jobs could be lost if the expansion does not occur.
After an opening gavel, the General Assembly is back to work. Whether or not to expand TennCare could be the most costly decision the body makes this year, and the first bill out of the gate would prevent Tennessee from expanding its Medicaid program as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
A proposal much like the Tennessee’s current system got one vote more than a measure that would put a federal-type, appoint-and-confirm system in place.
A proposal to alter the state Constitution to ban a state income tax got final approval – for this session – in the state Senate today.
The Tennessee Senate passed the governor’s long-awaited tort reform bill Thursday. The argument for tort reform is that businesses would be able to calculate their worst case scenario for non-economic damages if they were sued.
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.
Tennessee lawmakers debated whether Governor Bill Haslam’s tort reform bill would actually result in more jobs, in a marathon session of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
A bill calling for a constitutional amendment to prevent Tennessee from ever having an income tax, passed by a wide margin in the state Senate Wednesday.
The state Senate Thursday began a two-year political journey to allow voters to decide whether Tennessee could ever have an income tax.