The Tennessee Senate has approved requiring video of livestock abuse to be turned over to police within 48 hours.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A funny thing happened when the General Assembly passed new voting districts for the state last week. Lawmakers lost a whole county.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a major win for Governor Bill Haslam, the state Senate gave final approval Thursday to his bill for teacher tenure changes.
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.
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.
State Senate Republicans passed Governor Bill Haslam’s tenure reform bill today/yesterday, overriding Democratic attempts to delay implementation for a year.
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.
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.
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.