Post Tagged with: "Tennessee General Assembly"

Currently, Tennessee has a tracking system for medicine including the ingredient pseudoephedrine, though researchers say the system has been ineffective at reducing meth production. Credit: theloushe via Flickr

Would Prescriptions Slow Down Meth in Tennessee? Study Finds Tossup

by / on January 13, 2014

Whether or not to mandate prescriptions for cold medicine used to make methamphetamine is a debate being revived in the Tennessee legislature, which reconvenes this week. The latest study suggests lawmakers may have to go with their gut.

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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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Common Core’s Loudest Opponents Come From Outside Of Tennessee

Common Core’s Loudest Opponents Come From Outside Of Tennessee

by / on September 20, 2013

For and against, for and against. Tennessee lawmakers swayed between supporters of Common Core and opponents in a day-long hearing Friday. Many of those testifying have been debating the education standards in other states.

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Budget Deadlock Resolved – GOP’s Local Projects Cut Back

by / on April 25, 2012

The state budget is back on track after being put on hold for three hours Wednesday while House Republicans and Democrats negotiated out some “local projects–” sometimes called “pork barrel projects-” that the Senate had slipped in.

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Senate Joins House in Condemning UN’s ‘Agenda 21’

by / on April 24, 2012

The Tennessee Senate added its voice to the state House in condemning the United Nations’ ‘Agenda 21’ on Tuesday. The program is an environmental initiative meant to encourage sustainable development. A majority of Tennessee lawmakers now describe it as destructive.

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Senate Nudges Congress to Return to 19th Century View of ‘Commerce Clause’

by / on April 24, 2012

Tennessee’s Senate is calling for the state to have more control over its own commerce. The legislators passed a bill Tuesday declaring the 20th century view of the federal Commerce Clause to be unfair to Tennessee.

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House Makes It Easier to Cut Unemployment Benefits

by / on April 19, 2012

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.

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General Assembly To State Schools: You Can’t Make Student Groups Take ‘All Comers’

by / on April 18, 2012

Earlier this spring, student groups at Vanderbilt University fought back against a requirement that they accept “all comers.” The rule upset some Tennessee lawmakers, too, and they can vote on Thursday for a bill to essentially express their disapproval. But one is asking for an opinion on whether the bill passes legal muster.ristian groups said if they couldn’t require potential leaders to be Christian, they’d leave the campus.

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Oral Chemo Leaves Legislators with Questions, Referred to Summer Study

by / on April 10, 2012

Drug companies are coming up with pills that do the same job of fighting cancer as intravenous chemotherapy. But Tennessee lawmakers say too many questions are unanswered to make a decision on whether to require health insurance plans to cover the costs of the pills. A proposal to require such coverage was sent to a summer study committee on Tuesday.

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Still Alive, Guns in Trunks Bills Move Forward

by / on April 10, 2012

Proposals to allow Tennessee gun permit holders to keep their firearms in locked vehicles in an employer’s parking lot were supposed to be dead – or at least discouraged. But four such bills rushed of a House subcommittee on Tuesday.

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Competing Judge Appointment Ideas Swoop Towards Senate Floor

by / on April 10, 2012

Two very different ways of appointing state judges flew out of a state Senate Committee Tuesday and were immediately scheduled for a floor vote on Wednesday.

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State Representative, Accused of Domestic Assault, Wants to Keep Chairman’s Post

by / on March 19, 2012

State Representative David Hawk, accused over the weekend of assaulting his wife, maintains he is innocent of domestic assault charges.

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Former Speaker Naifeh Won’t Run for Re-Election to House Seat

Former Speaker Naifeh Won’t Run for Re-Election to House Seat

by / on March 8, 2012

Former Tennessee House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh today announced that after 38 years, he won’t run for re-election in his Tipton County district.

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State’s Largest Employers Blast Away at ‘Guns in Parking Lots’

by / on March 6, 2012

A dozen representatives of the state’s largest employers today urged state lawmakers to turn down an attempt to let employees carry guns on company property – even if the weapons are locked in car trunks.

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House Passes “Anti-Camping” Bill to Clear Away Occupy Nashville

by / on February 16, 2012

The state House of Representatives fought for more than an hour before passing a bill today to clear the Legislative Plaza of the Occupy Nashville campers.

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Teens Protesting “Don’t Say Gay” Watch as Bill is Deferred

by / on February 9, 2012

State lawmakers avoided taking up a bill yesterday the would bar schools from even mentioning homosexuality. While legislators put off the issue, more than 150 of the bill’s opponents stood and sat in the legislative hallways, watching and talking among themselves.

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Bill to “De-Occupy” Clears Hurdle in State Legislature

by / on February 2, 2012

Lawmakers on an important subcommittee last night OK’d a bill to clear tents off the Legislative Plaza. Members of Occupy Nashville in the audience remained silent as the bill was approved.

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Father of Hate Crime Victim Concerned Over Anti-Gay Legislation

by / on January 25, 2012

After Matthew Shepard was killed in 1998, his name became a mantra for anti-hate crime legislation. Witnesses said the University of Wyoming student was targeted because he was gay. His father came to Tennessee’s Capitol Hill Wednesday to ask for more tolerance.

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Anti-Income Tax Amendment Half Way to Being on Ballot

by / on January 19, 2012

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.

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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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