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A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to change a law that blocks people with criminal records from getting licensed for certain jobs.

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 Updated Wed., March 23, 8:45 a.m.

A conservative lawmaker says he now thinks transgender students should be able to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Rep. Rick Womick's comments Tuesday led to the sudden failure of a bill that would have required students to use the restroom of their birth sex instead.

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A Williamson County state senator filed legislation Monday to block a local hiring requirement that Nashville voters supported last month, making for what could be the first battle between Nashville’s new mayor and state lawmakers.

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State lawmakers announced Friday that they would try to shield religious clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Now they’re already thinking of expanding their effort to also protect merchants who don’t want to be involved.

State Rep. Andy Holt, who last week proposed the Pastor Protection Act, is considering a state law to give business owners the right to opt out from gay marriage ceremonies — whether they run a bakery, a wedding venue, or a flower shop.

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Starting July 1st, domestic violence victims will no longer need to show visible marks to prove a strangulation assault. Tennessee has gone further than most states to remove barriers in prosecuting strangulation.

Just a few years ago, strangling wasn’t even a felony in Tennessee if the victim survived. But many states have recently started taking the crime more seriously. Now, a new law makes Tennessee one of the first to lower the amount of evidence required in strangulation cases.

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After an impassioned campaign over Amendment 1, groups on both sides of Tennessee’s abortion debate are surprisingly practical about what they can accomplish in the legislature this year.