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Concerns from Tennessee lawmakers have grown as courts have intervened and required more recognition of gay marriage, even in states where it is outlawed. Credit: Nate C via Flickr

Maybe Wedding Photographers In Tennessee Can Already Refuse To Work With Gay Couples

by / on February 18, 2014

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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Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris opposes tying the hands of Gov. Bill Haslam on Medicaid expansion, fearing it might interfere with the state's existing Medicaid waiver program, known as TennCare. Credit: TN Photo Services

Moderate Republicans Vote To Leave Medicaid Expansion To Tennessee’s Governor

by / on February 11, 2014

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.

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TN Senate passes ‘neutered’ teacher arming bill

TN Senate passes ‘neutered’ teacher arming bill

by / on April 18, 2013

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Voucher Time

Capitol Hill Conversation – Voucher Time

by / on February 25, 2013

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.

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Hospitals Say Blocking TennCare Expansion Would Cost 90,000 Jobs

Hospitals Say Blocking TennCare Expansion Would Cost 90,000 Jobs

by / on February 7, 2013

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Blocking TennCare Expansion

Capitol Hill Conversation – Blocking TennCare Expansion

by / on January 14, 2013

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.

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Senate OKs Federal-Style Judge Appointment, Requires Constitutional Change

by / on April 23, 2012

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.

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Senate Holds Test Vote on Method of Picking Judges

by / on April 13, 2012

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.

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Senate OKs Anti-Income Tax Constitutional Amendment

by / on May 18, 2011

A proposal to alter the state Constitution to ban a state income tax got final approval – for this session – in the state Senate today.

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Long Debate, But Tort Reform Passes Easily in State Senate

by / on May 12, 2011

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.

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Tennessee Senate Approves School Voucher Bill

by / on April 21, 2011

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.

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Senators Challenge, Defend Tort Reform Job Claims

by / on April 19, 2011

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.

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Senate Passes Measure Banning an Income Tax

by / on March 9, 2011

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.

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Amendment To Ban State Income Tax Begins Its Legislative Trek

by / on March 18, 2010

The state Senate Thursday began a two-year political journey to allow voters to decide whether Tennessee could ever have an income tax.

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