Chas Sisk

Enterprise Reporter

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter. Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons.

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This year's state legislative session has been dominated by headline-grabbing debates over issues like transgender bathrooms and six-week abortion bans.

But it’s often not the proposals that gain the most attention that actually become Tennessee law. Sometimes it’s the less ambitious measures that hide in their wake.

WPLN statehouse reporter Chas Sisk is here to talk more about that, with some of the legislative wins and losses from the last week.

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Nashville's local ordinance that lightened the penalties for marijuana possession are close to being overturned.

Tennessee lawmakers say it's potentially discriminatory.

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Tennessee lawmakers have rejected a measure that would've restricted which bathroom transgender students can use, apparently putting an end to the debate for the year.

A Senate panel on Wednesday declined to take up a proposal that would have required transgender students to use the bathroom of the sex on their birth certificate.

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Plans to make marijuana legal for medicinal use appear unlikely to go anywhere this year in the Tennessee legislature, after one of the lawmakers behind the effort says he needs more time to build support.

State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, says he plans to turn his proposal to allow medical marijuana and other plans like it over to a task force that will meet after this year's legislative session. Faison has been a major supporter of medical marijuana, and he claims, in private, many lawmakers tell him they're ready to embrace it.

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Many have fond memories of recess, those breaks in the school day when they could get up and move around.

But in an era of regular testing and crowded schedules, schools in Tennessee have been struggling to figure out how to work recess into the day.

At many schools, kids have been spending less and less time on the playground. Educators blame high-stakes testing and mandates that so much time be dedicated to core subjects.

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The Republican rework of Obamacare is forcing states to figure out what it means for them.

And so far, they're not cheering in the Tennessee legislature.

WPLN's Chas Sisk joins us to explain how the health care plan is playing here.

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Several thousand people made it inside Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night to hear President Donald Trump deliver a defiant speech. He thumped a federal judge's ruling on immigration, sparked jeers at former opponent Hillary Clinton and pledged to put a stop to Obamacare.

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Some might think that feeding milk to a calf couldn't be all that hard. But ask state Sen. Jim Tracy.

"Easy, easy," the Shelbyville Republican said as he attempted to steady a hungry, month-old Holstein named Raven. "Go baby go. That's good stuff, man, come on."

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Tennessee lawmakers have followed through on plans to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement.

The move comes at a time when organizations in the state are already cutting back on services for asylum seekers. The suit was filed Monday in a federal court in Jackson by the Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan organization that says it aims to defend and promote "America's Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values."

The center did so on behalf of the state of Tennessee, the General Assembly and two lawmakers, including state Sen. John Stevens. The Huntingdon Republican says the key issue is whether Tennessee should have to spend money on programs it hasn't approved.

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LGBT rights organizations have been amping up their opposition to a number of bills in the Tennessee state legislature.

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