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Proper handling or animal abuse? Bill may protect farmers from false claims

Proper handling or animal abuse? Bill may protect farmers from false claims

by / on April 16, 2013

The Tennessee Senate has approved requiring video of livestock abuse to be turned over to police within 48 hours.

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Model Animal Cruelty Bill May Not Be What It Seems

Model Animal Cruelty Bill May Not Be What It Seems

by / on April 15, 2013

One of the remaining skirmishes for the Tennessee legislature this year pits agriculture interests and animal rights activists in an effort to block undercover investigations of livestock abuse.

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GOP Blocks Campfield’s Welfare-for-Grades Bill

GOP Blocks Campfield’s Welfare-for-Grades Bill

by / on April 11, 2013

A proposal tying welfare payments to a child’s report card has been pulled from consideration for the year. The bill lost support before coming to a vote on the floor of the Tennessee Senate.

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Bill’s Bill or No Bill on School Vouchers

Bill’s Bill or No Bill on School Vouchers

by / on April 1, 2013

The fate of school vouchers in Tennessee may be decided this week. Governor Bill Haslam has threatened to kill his own proposal if legislators try to change it.

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New City School Systems Could Be Born under Proposed State Law

by / on April 2, 2012

A Shelby County fight over who should run the schools boiled over into the rest of the state last night. A proposal that passed in the state senate would allow the creation of new city schools.

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Mountain Top Removal Ban Still Alive in Senate

by / on March 13, 2012

The state Senate was expected tonight to easily pass an industry-approved bill to regulate coal mining that involves mountain-top removal. But a fired-up Senator Eric Stewart fought off industry-friendly changes and kept alive his proposal to ban the practice.

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Civil Service Rewrite Deferred as Governor, Employees Talk Behind Scenes

by / on February 21, 2012

After walking away from talks with the governor, the Tennessee State Employee Association is apparently negotiating behind the scenes on the governor’s plan for employment practices.

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State Legislature Leaves a Whole County Out of Voting District Law

by / on January 18, 2012

A funny thing happened when the General Assembly passed new voting districts for the state last week. Lawmakers lost a whole county.

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New Voter Districts Fly through Legislature

by / on January 10, 2012

On the same day the 2012 legislative session convened, committees in the General Assembly approved new voter district lines. They now go the full state House and Senate. But some lawmaker want more time to look the plans over.

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New Year Brings Tougher Penalties in Drive-By Shootings

by / on January 9, 2012

The new year brings stiffer penalties for drive-by shootings. A new state law makes it a felony to shoot into a house, whether it’s occupied or not.

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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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Legislation Paves Way for Third Political Parties

by / on May 9, 2011

The Tennessee Senate is expected to take up a bill Monday night that would allow smaller political parties to get on the ballot more easily.

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Senators Challenge, Defend Tort Reform Job Claims

by / on April 19, 2011

Tennessee lawmakers debated whether Governor Bill Haslam’s tort reform bill would actually result in more jobs, in a marathon session of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

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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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Tort Reform Amendment Surfaces

by / on March 29, 2011

One of the most controversial elements of Governor Bill Haslam’s tort reform bill is the imposition of caps on non-economic damages. But the bill sponsors say the newest draft of the measure re-configures those caps.

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Phone Parity Bill Passes Senate

by / on March 24, 2011

Tennessee’s Senate has approved a bill that would eventually all make long distance phone calls cost the same amount, no matter if they’re in- or out-of-state.

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State Senate Approves Tenure Changes

by / on March 10, 2011

State Senate Republicans passed Governor Bill Haslam’s tenure reform bill today/yesterday, overriding Democratic attempts to delay implementation for a year.

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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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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 Takes Five (Days)

by / on May 13, 2010

Tennessee’s state budget won’t be enacted any earlier than the last week in May. The state Senate decided today to take next week off.

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