Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform.
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This year’s proposal to allow wine sales in supermarkets and corner stores derailed last week. But supporters still have hope their Sleeping Beauty could be revived.
State legislators begin the formal debate on a major overhaul to Tennessee’s workers comp system this week. The proposal from Governor Bill Haslam has been hashed out in meetings held over the last few months and now begins the journey through the General Assembly.
Governor Bill Haslam’s DCS commissioner of two years resigned under mounting pressure over child death records. This week there is an interim at the helm, charged with watching out for Tennessee’s most vulnerable children. Lawmakers described the job as “impossible.”
This week Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey wants to push through legislation from the last session that would give gun owners a way to legally store firearms in their vehicles. Last year, the issue was so divisive among Republicans, a top-ranking lawmaker was unseated in a primary election out of retribution.
Monday night Governor Bill Haslam will make his annual State of the State address, when he gives his assessment of Tennessee’s state of affairs. The speech is largely about money and policy, and the governor has $300-$400 million in new tax revenue to play with this year.
Lobbyists at the state capitol remain in overdrive trying to find sponsors for their legislation before all the good ones were gone. A new cap on the number of bills that can be filed in the General Assembly is expected to alter how the legislature does business. And lobbyists are at the center of it all.
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.
A new session of the General Assembly beginning this week means new faces, lots of them, particularly in the majority party. Half of the House Republicans have fewer than two years of experience, and this week they’ll be figuring out more than where the capitol bathrooms are.
For the first time in his two years in office, Governor Bill Haslam will pick up his veto stamp and smack down a bill that passed late in the session.
Last week was supposed to be the end of the line, but a provision in the state budget that would close a youth detention center led to a mini rebellion among Democrats and rank and file Republicans.
Lawmakers at the State Capitol are eager to go home—so much so they’re going to try to wrap everything up this week. That means the gears of government turn a little faster.
Lawmakers have their own designs for the excess revenue, and they hope to get some of them into the budget.
There’s only one thing lawmakers have to do: that’s pass a budget for the next fiscal year.
Legislators in the General Assembly have taken up a raft of bills dealing with social issues.
Last week, State Senator Eric Stewart brought up a bill that would put heavy restrictions on a coal mining called practice mountaintop removal.
A bill up for debate in the Legislature would allow gun owners to keep their fire arms in their car at work , as long as they have a permit and keep the gun locked up.
Business is good for the Tennessee Lottery. It’s posting record sales and has over 360 million in a reserve fund. Despite that, some legislators are pressing ahead with a plan that make it harder for students to get Hope Scholarships, which are funded by the lottery.
After running into resistance last week, the state Senate will take up a bill that would remove Occupy Nashville protestors from Legislative Plaza.
Governor Bill Haslam is talking about giving school districts more leeway in setting class sizes. It’s a proposal that has educators worried.