Post Tagged with: "Ron Ramsey"

At the federal level, the DREAM Act would even grant legal status to some undocumented aliens who attend college. While Congress hasn't passed such legislation, some states have passed their own DREAM Acts, offering scholarships to immigrants. In 2012, the governor of Massachusetts made a policy change to allow instate tuition to undocumented aliens. Credit: Antonio Villaraigosa via Flickr

Tennessee Republicans Surprise Even Themselves With Tuition Help For Immigrants

by / on February 13, 2014

There’s movement in the Tennessee legislature on proposals giving in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants and even to undocumented aliens themselves.

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Hemp has not been grown legally in the US since 1958, though some farmers have tried small scale plots. Credit: sareoutreach via Flickr

Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature

by / on January 31, 2014

The time for growing hemp in Tennessee has come, according to leaders of the state legislature who have recently opened their minds to the agricultural potential. The cousin to cannabis has been legalized for industrial use in nine other states.

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At an event organized by the libertarian Beacon Center of Tennessee, attendees had yellow scarves waiting for them in their seats. While the event was meant to mark national "school choice week," vouchers were the topic of the day. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Memphis Parents Travel To Capitol By The Busload For School Voucher Rally

by / on January 28, 2014

Parents wearing yellow scarves filled an auditorium near the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to advocate for school vouchers. Many traveled from Memphis to ask for help paying private school tuition.

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Fight Begins Over Whether To Fix ‘Guns In Trunks’ Law

Fight Begins Over Whether To Fix ‘Guns In Trunks’ Law

by / on January 16, 2014

Tennessee legislators are rushing to fix what’s seen as a problem with the so-called “guns in trunks” law passed last year. But the original sponsor of the law is trying to fend off any changes. 

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Both pro life and pro choice advocates are expected to spend a combined $1 million on Tennessee's constitutional amendment. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Amendment Supporter Says It Won’t Outlaw TN Abortions, Yet

by / on November 4, 2013

Conservatives who support an anti-abortion amendment to Tennessee’s constitution have launched a yearlong campaign ahead of next year’s vote. They want to get a message out that the measure does not outlaw abortions.

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To Some, The Tennessee Legislature May Never Have Enough Republicans

To Some, The Tennessee Legislature May Never Have Enough Republicans

by / on September 30, 2013

Nearly half of the Democrats in the Tennessee Senate are retiring in the next year – which isn’t saying much. There are only seven left. And with no mercy rule in politics, Republicans say they plan on running up their numbers.

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Hearings Debunked Common Core Myths, But Lt. Gov. Still Sees ‘Complicated’ Debate

Hearings Debunked Common Core Myths, But Lt. Gov. Still Sees ‘Complicated’ Debate

by / on September 25, 2013

Common Core will be the most “complicated” and “important” debate in the upcoming session of the Tennessee legislature. That’s according to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who predicts the General Assembly will want to make some tweaks.

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Chamber rivalry defeats charter school authorizer, judicial redistricting

Chamber rivalry defeats charter school authorizer, judicial redistricting

by / on April 19, 2013

There was a tit for tat as the state legislature finished business for the year. As a result priorities of speakers in both chambers went down to defeat.

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UPDATED: Legislature Takes a Breath on Picking Senate Party Nominees

UPDATED: Legislature Takes a Breath on Picking Senate Party Nominees

by / on April 1, 2013

The Tennessee General Assembly has delayed consideration of ending primary elections for U.S. Senate. Several lawmakers say voters need time to weigh-in on possibly losing their power to pick party nominees.

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Audit Finds Massive Overpayments to TN Unemployed

Audit Finds Massive Overpayments to TN Unemployed

by / on March 28, 2013

A new audit says the state overpaid more than $73 million in unemployment benefits.

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Florida Medicaid Expansion Could Provide ‘Cover’ to Tennessee

Florida Medicaid Expansion Could Provide ‘Cover’ to Tennessee

by / on February 21, 2013

Lawmakers in Tennessee are watching Florida closely after the state’s conservative Republican governor went along with a major piece of the Affordable Care Act. Governor Bill Haslam is still on the fence about expanding the state’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare.

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Unclear If Employers Could Fire Weapon-Storing Workers

Unclear If Employers Could Fire Weapon-Storing Workers

by / on February 14, 2013

There is confusion among the sponsors of so-called ‘Guns-in-Trunks’ legislation. They disagree on whether employers could fire a worker for keeping a gun in their car at the company parking lot, even though it could soon be legal.

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A Push to Reset TN’s Judicial Playing Field

A Push to Reset TN’s Judicial Playing Field

by / on February 11, 2013

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says it’s time to redraw the boundary lines separating the domains of District Attorneys. At a press conference Monday, he’ll ask for buy-in from prosecutors and those on the bench.

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Virtual Schools Under Microscope of Tennessee Lawmakers

Virtual Schools Under Microscope of Tennessee Lawmakers

by / on February 5, 2013

Virtual education appears to be the future, even for the youngest students. School districts are offering classes online. Cyber schools – many of them run by the same for-profit company – are popping up all over the country. But student test scores have fallen short.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – The Starting Gun Bill

Capitol Hill Conversation – The Starting Gun Bill

by / on February 4, 2013

This week Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey wants to push through legislation from the last session that would give gun owners a way to legally store firearms in their vehicles. Last year, the issue was so divisive among Republicans, a top-ranking lawmaker was unseated in a primary election out of retribution.

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Guns in Trunks Returns on Fast Track

Guns in Trunks Returns on Fast Track

by / on January 29, 2013

One of the fiercest debates at the state capitol last year has been revived. Bills allowing gun owners to legally keep firearms in their car while at work have been filed and set to be fast-tracked.

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Ramsey Hatches Senate Plan to Cut Down on Bills

Ramsey Hatches Senate Plan to Cut Down on Bills

by / on January 14, 2013

Members of the state House spent much of their first week in session wrangling over a new cap on how many laws can be proposed. The Senate has a bill-cutting plan of its own for next year.

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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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Guns in Parking Lots Debate Centers on College Campuses

Guns in Parking Lots Debate Centers on College Campuses

by / on December 4, 2012

To exempt or not to exempt college campuses when it comes to storing firearms in cars – that’s one question dividing Republican lawmakers preparing to revive a so-called “guns in parking lots” bill.

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Ramsey Says Gun Group’s Political Efforts May Hinder Gun Bill

by / on July 12, 2012

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says the Tennessee Firearms Association’s involvement in GOP primaries may hurt future chances for a compromise on the so-called “guns in parking lots” bill.

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