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Despite earlier objections, Republican Senator Bob Corker voted with his party to launch the so-called nuclear option. That changes the rules for how Supreme Court justices are confirmed.

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A measure that would have let off-duty police officers carry guns into any ticketed event was voted down Wednesday in the state legislature.

The broadly worded proposal was designed to override policies banning guns at private fundraisers, music festivals, even Tennessee Titans games.

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Tennessee lawmakers are delaying until next year a proposal to define anti-Semitic speech on college campuses.

The move came after several University of Tennessee-Knoxville students testified Wednesday that hate speech is not a problem at their school.

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A measure that would require Tennessee school buses to have seatbelts is moving forward after weeks of discussion in the state legislature.

The proposal comes in response to last November's crash in Chattanooga that killed six children. The plan calls for phasing in seatbelts on new buses starting in 2019.

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A group of Republican lawmakers is trying to hit reset on the debate over Governor Bill Haslam’s transportation proposal.

They say House leaders are moving the plan for a 6-cent increase to the state’s gas tax through the legislature too quickly.

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Tennessee legislators have once again been revisiting the state's gun laws. Past years have seen them authorize guns in parks, guns in bars, and even on college campuses, though with many restrictions.

So what's next? Nashville Public Radio's Jason Moon Wilkins sat down with statehouse reporter Chas Sisk to talk about that.

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Immigrants who've entered the country illegally face an uncertain future in the U.S., but that hasn't stopped Tennessee lawmakers from again considering an idea that could help many of them.

A proposal to give in-state college tuition to undocumented students who graduate from Tennessee high schools is once more gaining steam.

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When does criticism of the nation of Israel cross into anti-Semitism?

Tennessee lawmakers are wrestling with that question as part of the debate over a measure that takes aim at the University of Tennessee, over its handling of some comments by Muslim students that critics say constituted hate speech.

The dispute goes back to August, when several UT-Knoxville students were accused of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.

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Tennessee Democrats are hoping to revive the debate over expanding TennCare, the state's Medicaid program.

The move comes after Republicans in Congress failed last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Republican state lawmakers are denying they pressured the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga into firing a public radio reporter.

Reporter Jacqui Helbert has been accused of recording meetings between a group of high school students and their state lawmakers without identifying herself.

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