The Democratic leader of the Tennessee Senate has decided he’d rather be presiding over a Memphis courtroom.
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is gearing up for another push to require prescriptions for cold medicine used to make methamphetamine. One lawmaker is asking the TBI if this is a fight worth having.
Democrats are trying to stay part of the lawmaking process, despite being outnumbered by more than two to one. In the state Senate, the minority party is trying to force meetings to be held in public.
Tennessee Lottery officials told state lawmakers today the lottery has had record sales since July. That kicked off questions about whether lottery scholarship awards need to be cut back.
Members of the General Assembly are going down to the wire collecting campaign contributions. Fundraising is forbidden during the annual legislative session, which starts Tuesday at noon. And some lawmakers found out just last week they’ll have to run against an incumbent to keep their own seat.
Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle has filed legislation to repeal a bill signed into law this week by Governor Bill Haslam. Kyle’s bill would overturn the legislation that keeps cities from creating anti-discrimination rules more stringent than the state’s.
Legislation now awaiting the governor’s signature would ease the way for minority parties – the Green Party, the Constitutional Party, or possibly a Tea Party– to get on the ballot in Tennessee.
In a major win for Governor Bill Haslam, the state Senate gave final approval Thursday to his bill for teacher tenure changes.
Tennessee is a step closer to telling the federal government that the state won’t implement the health care overhaul Congress passed last year.
Tennessee’s Senate has joined the state House in passing bills that tell the federal government the state isn’t happy with national health care.
Working late into Thursday evening on their last paid day of the 2010 session, state Senators passed a budget for next year. It funds a roughly $29 billion spending plan for the financial year that begins July 1.
Tennessee lawmakers, unable to agree on a state budget for the coming year, are taking the weekend off.
The legislature is still doing some major tinkering with the budget. Last night the Senate Finance Committee heard a version with considerable diversions from what was proposed by Senate Republicans last week.
If you want to register to vote, how much proof of citizenship do you need? That may vary by county if the state Senate approves a proposed measure tonight.
A proposed voter referendum to ban a state income tax cleared the Tennessee Senate yesterday. It’s now ready for a vote in the state House.
Sen. Jim Kyle pulled out of the governor’s race Friday. The Memphis Democrat says he looked at the political headwinds and didn’t think he could get elected.
Republican candidates to be Tennessee’s next governor continue to attack Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, who leads both Republicans and Democrats in fundraising. Seven candidates appeared at forums in Nashville Thursday.
The state Senate easily over-rode a veto that Governor Phil Bredesen slapped on a bill last July. The measure would keep local health boards from forcing restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus – something that almost happened in Nashville.
The state Senate has approved the governor’s plan to increase college graduation, and the House is poised to do so as well this afternoon.
Large, bipartisan majorities in both houses approved the bill that for the first time would allow student achievement scores to be factored into a teacher’s job rating.