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Tennessee lawmakers may soon be required to disclose when they travel on someone else's dime.

The measure comes after advocates footed the bill for some legislators to go to Florida, North Carolina and even Europe.

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After nearly three months of debate, Tennessee lawmakers are on the verge of sending Governor Bill Haslam a plan to pay for roads by raising the state's gas tax.

It's more or less the proposal Haslam asked for. But getting it through the legislature was a long, hard slog.

None of the House of Representatives' leaders was eager to present the plan. So state Rep. Barry Doss, a little-known contractor from Lawrence County, drew the task.

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The former mayor of Nashville says if he's elected governor, he would turn his economic development efforts far outside the city limits. Karl Dean spent an hour taking questions from Nashville journalists on Wednesday and began to flesh out his statewide campaign message.

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The Trump Administration is getting a pat on the back from Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who says he had his doubts about the president on foreign policy.

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Updated 4:45 p.m.

Governor Bill Haslam's plan to pay for improvements to Tennessee roads by raising the state's gas tax looks to be on its way to final passage.

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A prominent Nashville Democrat has announced she will run for the state senate. But so far, it's unclear whether that means she'll have to challenge the current occupant. 

Craig Fitzhugh
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The Tennessee legislature is in horse trading mode as it nears final votes on Governor Bill Haslam's signature infrastructure funding bill, which includes a gas tax increase along with cuts to taxes on groceries and manufacturing. Passage will almost certainly require the help of Democrats. And minority party leaders have decided to offer their votes in exchange for support of an educational endowment.

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Hundreds of bills are filed when the Tennessee legislature revs up at the first of the year. And dozens of them attract attention — sometimes from around the country. But this year, most of those headline-grabbing proposals quietly fizzled out. WPLN’s statehouse reporter Chas Sisk joins Blake Farmer to walk through what happened to some of them.

Tilman Goins
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A proposal meant to give lawmakers more opportunities to override vetoes of controversial legislation could be tripped up by a separate measure that would dramatically increase how much money state senators can raise.

The dispute between the Tennessee House of Representatives and the state Senate could come to a showdown as lawmakers wrap up this year's legislative session.

Dawn White
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Lawmakers have again rejected a proposal to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduate from Tennessee high schools.

The plan was debated for the second time in three years, and there had been some signs it might have a chance of passing. But skeptics say they're still unwilling to extend any benefits to people who came to the U.S. illegally, even children.

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