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The issue of Confederate monument removal has come back to the state legislature this year in the shape of several bills filed, mainly, by East Tennessee Republicans.

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Governor Bill Haslam has started trying to sell lawmakers on the last budget of his tenure. And while that may have been overshadowed by Nashville drama developing a few blocks from the capitol, the numbers the budget contains can say something about this session’s legislative priorities.

Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright.

The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democrats on all three issues. He spoke with Nashville Public Radio's Chas Sisk about those efforts.

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Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright.

The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democrats on all three issues. He spoke with Nashville Public Radio's Chas Sisk about those efforts.

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This year’s legislative session is fully under way and that means a long list of new bills. More than 250 measures have been proposed so far, and the deadline isn’t until the end of next week.

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Democrats in the Tennessee legislature moved swiftly last week to make health care the first debate of the 2018 session.