Post Tagged with: "Capitol Hill Conversation"

A Visit to Tennessee’s Education Bill Graveyard

A Visit to Tennessee’s Education Bill Graveyard

by / on April 8, 2013

Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Reviving Wine in Supermarkets

Capitol Hill Conversation – Reviving Wine in Supermarkets

by / on March 18, 2013

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Reworking Workers Comp

Capitol Hill Conversation – Reworking Workers Comp

by / on March 4, 2013

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – A New Day at DCS

Capitol Hill Conversation – A New Day at DCS

by / on February 11, 2013

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.”

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Capitol Hill Conversation – The Starting Gun Bill

Capitol Hill Conversation – The Starting Gun Bill

by / on February 4, 2013

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – A Glimpse at the State of the State

Capitol Hill Conversation – A Glimpse at the State of the State

by / on January 28, 2013

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Lobbyists Adapt to New Rules

Capitol Hill Conversation – Lobbyists Adapt to New Rules

by / on January 22, 2013

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.

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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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Capitol Hill Conversation – A Young Bunch

Capitol Hill Conversation – A Young Bunch

by / on January 7, 2013

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Haslam’s First Veto

Capitol Hill Conversation-Haslam’s First Veto

by / on May 7, 2012

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Tensions at the End

Capitol Hill Conversation-Tensions at the End

by / on April 30, 2012

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Strange Days

Capitol Hill Conversation-Strange Days

by / on April 23, 2012

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Legislators’ Projects

by / on April 16, 2012

Lawmakers have their own designs for the excess revenue, and they hope to get some of them into the budget.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Budget Update Arrives Early

Capitol Hill Conversation-Budget Update Arrives Early

by / on April 2, 2012

There’s only one thing lawmakers have to do: that’s pass a budget for the next fiscal year.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-The Legislature Gets Social

by / on March 26, 2012

Legislators in the General Assembly have taken up a raft of bills dealing with social issues.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Restrictions on Mining

Capitol Hill Conversation-Restrictions on Mining

by / on March 19, 2012

Last week, State Senator Eric Stewart brought up a bill that would put heavy restrictions on a coal mining called practice mountaintop removal.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Guns at Work

Capitol Hill Conversation-Guns at Work

by / on March 12, 2012

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Lottery Politics

Capitol Hill Conversation-Lottery Politics

by / on March 5, 2012

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.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Occupy Nashville

Capitol Hill Conversation-Occupy Nashville

by / on February 21, 2012

After running into resistance last week, the state Senate will take up a bill that would remove Occupy Nashville protestors from Legislative Plaza.

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Capitol Hill Conversation-Classroom Size

Capitol Hill Conversation-Classroom Size

by / on February 13, 2012

Governor Bill Haslam is talking about giving school districts more leeway in setting class sizes. It’s a proposal that has educators worried.

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