A House committee, spurred on by Speaker Beth Harwell’s urging, sunk a bill that would’ve let for-profit corporations oversee charter schools in Tennessee.
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Bars in Tennessee might soon be able to be just bars. A bill with wide support would remove a requirement that bars sell some amount of food.
New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics make Tennessee the top spot for making $7.25 an hour.
Nashville Democrat Mike Turner announced this morning he will retire from the state House after serving 14 years in office.
The minority party is sticking with the same legislative priority after failing to make headway last year.
The idea for a new state-level panel that could authorize charter schools to operate anywhere in Tennessee is moving ahead, while facing bi-partisan resistance. The House Education Committee gave its blessing Tuesday, though two Republicans voted against it.
A proposal allowing handgun carry permit holders to store firearms in their cars nearly anywhere they are parked is headed for a final vote Thursday morning. Democrats are making a last ditch effort to water down the bill.
Nashville Democrats say they were blindsided this week by a proposal to give the state ultimate authority in allowing charter schools to open. The legislation was rewritten to only include Nashville and Memphis.
Democrats in the Tennessee House will stick with the status quo when it comes to their leaders.
Democrats in the state house are electing their leaders Wednesday. And for some, the party’s diminished role is cause for change.
Democrats in the state House want a meeting with the Education Commissioner to ask that he rethink penalizing Metro Schools by $3.4 million. If the state follows through with the fine, they say the penalty should be “challenged, possibly in court.”
A laid-off worker could lose his unemployment benefit by refusing to take a job paying less than his previous paycheck, under a bill passed by the state House on Thursday.
The TEAM act would relax restrictions on the pay, hiring, and firing of state workers.
An amended bill that overhauls civil service rules for state workers now has the support of the state employees association. It’s up for final votes this week, though it hasn’t exactly sailed through the state House.
The State House voted 72 to 23 to label a worldwide environmental sustainability program promoted by the United Nations as ‘evil.’
Seven months after Republicans first brought it up for a vote– the state House finally approved a proposal to put anti-income tax language in the Tennessee constitution. Republicans wanted to pass the resolution at their last meeting in May – but not enough lawmakers stuck around after passing a budget.
Tennessee Democrats say the state’s new voter ID law disenfranchises minorities and the elderly. It requires a photo ID to cast a ballot. Now they’ve unveiled a strategy to fight the law.
As the General Assembly redraws political lines, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is asking that the city remain primarily under one congressional district. Dean sent a letter to the Speaker of the House last month.
Members of the Tennessee Education Association in red tee-shirts watched warily last night, as their right to negotiate with school boards survived one more vote. The state House of Representatives delayed considering a kinder, gentler bill regarding collective bargaining. Instead, House members found another way to fight over the teachers’ union.
A bill to strip bargaining rights from the state’s teacher union is on the state House of Representatives agenda Monday night, but it’s not the only bill on the agenda that worries public union members.