Legislative wrangling over the Common Core educational standards ramped up a notch Tuesday morning, with state lawmakers weighing a bill to back Tennessee out altogether from the grade-level benchmarks adopted by dozens of states.
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State lawmakers want police to be able to use drones, but only in ways they specifically authorize. Some of the first proposed rules governing unmanned aircraft in Tennessee are cruising through the legislature.
Several Tennessee lawmakers will take a trip later this month to visit peers in Arizona, in hopes of emulating that state’s controversial new immigration law. But Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says immigration suffers when it’s used as a quote “political football.”
Governor Phil Bredesen is praisings Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey for his work brokering a deal to pass a budget through the state legislature. The Democratic governor says he hopes other Republican lawmakers mature in Ramsey’s model.
TBR is headed into its third straight year getting less money from the state, and expects by next year those cuts will add up to more than 25 percent lost.
House Speaker Kent Williams wants to dip deeper into the state’s budget reserves. That’s to hold off cuts to family programs, TennCare, and higher education. And Williams blames “feel good legislation” for bogging down the current session, forcing it to wrap up later than hoped.
As Washington lurches toward a final decision on healthcare overhaul, Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn is digging in her heels in opposition. And she says if Congress does pass the bill, some states still won’t go along.
The applications to the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission have been made public.
State lawmakers are taking another crack at the so-called “guns in parks” bill.
Governor Phil Bredesen says he may veto the state budget amendment if Republican lawmakers carry out a plan to pay for pre-kindergarten education with one-time funds.
The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus expects at least another week before the Tennessee General Assembly passes a state budget for next year.
The state Senate passed a bill yesterday to allow local gunmakers to sell their weapons to other Tennesseans regardless of federal law. The bill’s sponsor says it’s a display of Tennessee’s sovereignty to lawmakers in Washington.
The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make the host of a party responsible for preventing underage drinking from taking place there.
The Tennessee Board of Regents is fine-tuning how much it will raise tuition rates at colleges around the state later this month. But what the Board decides will depend in part on the budget the state legislature is expected to pass in the next few weeks.
Governor Phil Bredesen vetoed Thursday the bill to allow Tennessee carry-permit holders to bring their handguns into bars.
A bill regulating traffic cameras in Tennessee passed out of the state House Finance committee Tuesday.
A state senate committee voted yesterday to put off a bill to recognize six Indian tribes in Tennessee.
State lawmakers are advancing a bill that would let outside consultants decide whether a watercourse constitutes a stream or not. Opponents say that risks undermining the objectivity of the Department of Environment and Conservation.
The House Education Committee voted today to adjourn for the year without passing out a bill that would ease restrictions on charter schools. But the bill’s sponsor says she’ll keep trying to get the measure through this session.
An American Indian tribe is protesting a bill that would grant recognition to certain other groups in the state. They say those groups aren’t legitimate tribes, and worry they’ll have to compete for already scarce federal dollars.