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Stories with organization: Tennessee State General Assembly
  • Lawmaker accused of harassment is all alone with his M&Ms story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:32 am

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Amid the frenzied negotiations, flaring tempers and occasional frivolity marking the end of another Tennessee legislative session, one lawmaker stayed conspicuously alone and quiet.

  • Tennessee governor signs religious counseling bill into law 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 7:42 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee's Republican governor said Wednesday that he signed a bill into law that allows mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.

  • Tennessee lawmakers adjourn 109th General Assembly 
    Updated: Apr-22-16 6:00 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee lawmakers adjourned the 109th General Assembly on Friday without scheduling a veto override session.

  • Legislature votes to reduce, eventually eliminate Hall tax 
    Updated: Apr-22-16 5:10 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee Legislature on Friday passed a measure that would reduce and eventually eliminate the Hall tax on investment income.

  • Legislature votes to strip funding from UT diversity office 
    Updated: Apr-21-16 9:30 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State lawmakers voted to send a message that they don't agree with the sexually open and progressive views of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion on the University of Tennessee campus. So the Legislature on Thursday passed a bill stripping it of state funds - a total of nearly $337,000. The money will be used to fund minority scholarships instead.

  • Tennessee lawmakers work toward winding down session Friday 
    Updated: Apr-21-16 7:27 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State lawmakers got off to a quick start in January by dismissing a bill seeking to have Tennessee opt out of the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling. Then things got complicated.

  • A look at the winning and losing legislation in Tennessee 
    Updated: Apr-21-16 6:00 pm

    As the Tennessee General Assembly works to adjourn for the year on Friday, here is a look at some of the winning and losing legislation from this year's session.

  • Lawmakers fail to conclude Tennessee legislative session story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-16 9:34 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A lengthy debate over a proposed veto override, partisan squabbling and a disagreement over a tax cut have delayed the planned conclusion of the legislative session.

  • Veto of Bible as official Tennessee book survives challenge story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-16 5:28 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee has a state reptile, a state rock and a state song in the moonshine-themed "Rocky Top." For now, though, the Bible will not be its official state book.

  • Senate OKs bill to allow gun carry on Tennessee campuses 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 8:22 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The state Senate on Tuesday voted to allow faculty and workers with handgun carry permits to be armed on the campuses of Tennessee public colleges and universities.

  • Legislature passes online voter registration bill 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 6:09 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that would allow Tennesseans to register to vote online.

  • GOP leader vows retribution for transgender 'blackmail' 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 5:08 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Republican leader in the Tennessee House vowed retribution Tuesday for companies that spoke out against a transgender bathroom bill, suggesting that lawmakers should consider limiting tax incentives and grants to them.

  • House approves Fantasy Sports Tax Act 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 4:18 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee's Legislature passed a bill that would make clear that fantasy sports betting is legal, but would also regulate it and put a tax on it.

  • House passes resolution directing state to sue over refugees 
    Updated: Apr-18-16 9:13 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A resolution that would order Tennessee to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program passed Monday in the state House. Senate counterparts previously approved the resolution and would only have to agree to a change that would allow a private law firm to sue on behalf of the state before the measure becomes law.

  • Tennessee lawmakers pass $35B annual spending plan 
    Updated: Apr-14-16 4:46 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State lawmakers on Thursday approved a nearly $35 billion annual spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, sending the measure to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

  • Education resolution to amend Tennessee Constitution fails 
    Updated: Apr-13-16 8:14 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A proposal to add an amendment to the state constitution that would give the Tennessee Legislature full discretion to determine the funding and eligibility of public schools failed on Wednesday.

  • Business leaders sign letter opposing Tennessee bathroom law story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 8:07 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The chief executives of Williams-Sonoma, Hilton Worldwide, T-Mobile and dozens of other major corporations have signed a letter asking Tennessee lawmakers to reject a transgender bathroom bill, saying it is discriminatory.

  • The Latest: Appalachian State students end sit-in protest story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 6:52 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Latest on legislation that critics say discriminates against transgender people by limiting their bathroom choices. Supporters say it protects privacy and safety. (all times local):

  • Tennessee editorial roundup 
    Updated: Apr-13-16 1:25 pm

    Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:

  • Harwell touts health care initiative; Dems call it 'charade' 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 5:25 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell on Tuesday touted a new initiative to improve health care access in the state, but Democrats quickly derided it as an election-year "charade" to deflect criticism of lawmakers who rejected the governor's Insure Tennessee proposal.

  • Transgender bathroom bill delayed amid financial questions 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 11:24 am

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill has told a finance committee that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward.

  • Transgender bathroom bill delayed amid financial questions 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 11:14 am

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill has told a finance committee that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward.

  • Counseling bill on the way to Tennessee governor 
    Updated: Apr-11-16 7:08 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A bill that would allow mental health therapists to turn patients away based on the counselors' religious beliefs and personal principles has passed and is on its way to the governor.

  • Timeline: Rep. Jeremy Durham exiled from Legislative Plaza 
    Updated: Apr-07-16 5:36 pm

    A timeline of state House Majority Whip Jeremy Durham, who has been moved out of the legislative office complex amid an attorney general's investigation into inappropriate conduct toward women:

  • Tennessee lawmaker exiled over 'continuing risk' to women 
    Updated: Apr-07-16 4:00 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A Tennessee lawmaker is effectively being quarantined from lawmakers, lobbyists and interns after the state's attorney general determined that he could pose a risk to "unsuspecting women" at the state Capitol complex.