Post Tagged with: "General Assembly"

Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) was recently rated as one of the most conservative members of the Tennessee Senate. He's often an ally of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who has launched a campaign to unseat the three members of the Supreme Court appointed by Democratic governors. Credit: TN Photo Services

Did Tennessee’s Chief Justice Break Judicial Ethics Code? Conservatives Keep Pressing

June 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Conservative legislators spent the better part of Tuesday questioning whether Tennessee’s chief justice broke rules that bar judges from making political endorsements.

In Final Minutes Of Marathon Meeting, State Senators Pass For-Profit Charter Schools

In Final Minutes Of Marathon Meeting, State Senators Pass For-Profit Charter Schools

March 13, 2014 at 8:37 am

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.

Dwindling Tenn. Democrats To Keep Pushing For Medicaid Expansion

Dwindling Tenn. Democrats To Keep Pushing For Medicaid Expansion

January 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm

The minority party is sticking with the same legislative priority after failing to make headway last year.

Standing room only at Thursday's legislative hearing on Common Core. Many wear stickers with a half-eaten apple that say "Stop Common Core." Others have stickers supporting the standards. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Common Core Backers Try To Head Off Criticism Ahead Of Tennessee Hearings

September 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

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. 

General Assembly To TN D.C. Delegation: Let’s Chat About States’ Rights

General Assembly To TN D.C. Delegation: Let’s Chat About States’ Rights

August 26, 2013 at 4:17 am

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.

Not Everyone Turns TN Legislature Into A Career: No Third Term For Finney

Not Everyone Turns TN Legislature Into A Career: No Third Term For Finney

July 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm

The Tennessee senate’s number two Democrat says he won’t run for re-election. Lowe Finney of Jackson says, “change is good.”

Long-Serving Memphis Lawmaker Dies After Battle With Cancer

Long-Serving Memphis Lawmaker Dies After Battle With Cancer

July 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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.

Chamber rivalry defeats charter school authorizer, judicial redistricting

Chamber rivalry defeats charter school authorizer, judicial redistricting

April 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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.

Power Play to Lower Pro Athlete Tax Bills in Tennessee

Power Play to Lower Pro Athlete Tax Bills in Tennessee

April 8, 2013 at 5:27 am

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.

Wine in Supermarkets Debate Turns Biblical

Wine in Supermarkets Debate Turns Biblical

February 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

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.

Legislator Concerned Per Diem Restrictions Favor Wealthy

February 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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.

Democrats Say State Charter Authorizer Will ‘Stick It’ to Cities

Democrats Say State Charter Authorizer Will ‘Stick It’ to Cities

February 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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.

‘Guns in Trunks’ Sponsors Fend Off Exemptions

‘Guns in Trunks’ Sponsors Fend Off Exemptions

February 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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.

A Push to Reset TN’s Judicial Playing Field

A Push to Reset TN’s Judicial Playing Field

February 11, 2013 at 4:41 am

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.

Bill Would Repeal Tennessee Tax on Gold

Bill Would Repeal Tennessee Tax on Gold

February 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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.

Ramsey Hatches Senate Plan to Cut Down on Bills

Ramsey Hatches Senate Plan to Cut Down on Bills

January 14, 2013 at 4:49 am

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.

Rhee Brings Spotlight to State Legislatures

Rhee Brings Spotlight to State Legislatures

January 11, 2013 at 4:43 am

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.

Liquor Stores Have Law on Their Side

Liquor Stores Have Law on Their Side

January 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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.

Last Minute Money Grab for State Lawmakers

Last Minute Money Grab for State Lawmakers

January 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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.

Rules to Dominate Opening Hours of General Assembly

Rules to Dominate Opening Hours of General Assembly

January 7, 2013 at 5:57 am

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.