Conservative legislators spent the better part of Tuesday questioning whether Tennessee’s chief justice broke rules that bar judges from making political endorsements.
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A bill paving the way for investor-owned companies to run charter schools in Tennessee passed at the end of a nearly six-hour committee meeting Wednesday night. Weary members of the Senate Education panel voted six to three, sending the proposal on to the full Senate.
The minority party is sticking with the same legislative priority after failing to make headway last year.
State lawmakers begin two days of hearings over Common Core in Tennessee Thursday afternoon. With critics on both the left and right, supporters of the new education standards are rallying at the state capitol ahead of time and planning to pack the hearing room.
Lawmakers at the Tennessee capitol say they need to talk to the state’s congressional delegation – all nine of them, and on the same day. A handful of Republicans have called for an unusual joint session to discuss states’ rights.
The Tennessee senate’s number two Democrat says he won’t run for re-election. Lowe Finney of Jackson says, “change is good.”
The longest serving member of the Tennessee House of Representatives has died after a bout with pancreatic cancer. Lois DeBerry was 68. She served more than 40 years straight in the legislature.
There was a tit for tat as the state legislature finished business for the year. As a result priorities of speakers in both chambers went down to defeat.
Hockey players from all corners of the NHL have been hit by Tennessee’s so-called “jock tax,” one of the highest in the country. It effectively costs them $7,500 a year to take the ice in the state. But a power play is in the works to ban the state from the back pockets of professional athletes.
The leader of the largest Christian denomination in the state begged state lawmakers not to expand what kinds of stores can sell wine. Until now, this year’s debate over wine in grocery stores has been about economics and fairness, not morality.
An effort to lower daily expense accounts for some state lawmakers is running into more resistance, even as it advances in the General Assembly. Those who live within 50 miles of the state capitol would no longer be eligible for the $173 a day meant for hotels and meals.
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.
The state senate has sided with the Second Amendment over private property rights. So-called “guns in trunks” legislation passed last night by a wide margin.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says it’s time to redraw the boundary lines separating the domains of District Attorneys. At a press conference Monday, he’ll ask for buy-in from prosecutors and those on the bench.
More gold bars could be headed to Tennessee if one Republican lawmaker from Rutherford County has his way. A bill introduced last week would repeal the state’s sales tax on precious metals.
Members of the state House spent much of their first week in session wrangling over a new cap on how many laws can be proposed. The Senate has a bill-cutting plan of its own for next year.
The controversial former chancellor of Washington D.C. schools is hopscotching the country this month, dropping in as state legislatures reconvene for the year. Michelle Rhee is using a political machine to push dozens of policy points from Missouri and Ohio to Georgia and Tennessee.
Many of the state’s police chiefs and sheriffs oppose wine being sold in grocery stores and corner markets. They say they have enough alcohol-related incidents as it is.
Both chambers of the state General Assembly gavel into session at noon Tuesday. And at that moment, campaign fundraising will be off limits. So there’s a last minute push for political donations underway.
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.