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Another Senate Democrat Stepping Down From Tennessee Legislature

Another Senate Democrat Stepping Down From Tennessee Legislature

by / on January 16, 2014

The Democratic leader of the Tennessee Senate has decided he’d rather be presiding over a Memphis courtroom.

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Lawmaker Warns TBI To Think Twice About Push To Make Cold Meds Rx-Only

by / on July 31, 2013

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.

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Marginalized Democrats Push for Openness

Marginalized Democrats Push for Openness

by / on January 10, 2013

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.

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Sponsor Defends Bill to Limit Scholarships after Optimistic Lottery Report

by / on February 29, 2012

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.

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Fundraising Deadline Looms for State Lawmakers

by / on January 9, 2012

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.

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Kyle Wants to Undo Metro Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Repeal

by / on May 27, 2011

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.

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Senate OKs New Path for Minority Parties to Get on Ballot

by / on May 9, 2011

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.

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Teacher Tenure Changes Go to Governor for Signature

by / on March 31, 2011

In a major win for Governor Bill Haslam, the state Senate gave final approval Thursday to his bill for teacher tenure changes.

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Tennessee Legislature Fights Back Against Health Reform

by / on February 23, 2011

Tennessee is a step closer to telling the federal government that the state won’t implement the health care overhaul Congress passed last year.

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Senate Passes Health Freedom Act

by / on June 9, 2010

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.

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State Senators Pass Budget; Waiting on House

by / on June 4, 2010

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.

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Senate Still Working on Budget as House Goes Home for the Holiday

by / on May 27, 2010

Tennessee lawmakers, unable to agree on a state budget for the coming year, are taking the weekend off.

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New Senate Proposal Pays for Highway Patrol Project with Employee Bonuses

by / on May 24, 2010

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.

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Senate Eyes Proof Of Citizenship To Vote

by / on May 10, 2010

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.

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Move To Ban State Income Tax Approved In Upper Chamber

by / on March 29, 2010

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.

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Kyle Exits Governor’s Race

by / on February 26, 2010

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.

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Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Continue Attacks on Haslam

by / on February 11, 2010

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.

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Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto of Menu Labeling Restrictions

by / on January 28, 2010

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.

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Governor’s Higher Education Plan Passed By Senate, Awaiting House Approval

by / on January 21, 2010

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.

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Education Bill Passed In Time for Race to the Top Application

by / on January 16, 2010

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.

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