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Stories with organization: Tennessee State General Assembly
  • Bill would punish drug-using pregnant women 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:55 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Opponents of a Tennessee bill that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics say it will have the unintended consequence of hurting the very people it's supposed to protect: the babies.

  • 108th General Assembly adjourns for the year 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:20 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

  • Measure to allow electric chair in Tenn. 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:31 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee could electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable under legislation that's headed for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

  • Senate wants schools to recite Tenn. flag salute 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:05 am
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The recitation of a little-known "Salute to the Flag of Tennessee" in the state Senate is often met with confusion with visitors to the upper chamber of the General Assembly.

  • Tenn. House votes to express regret for slavery 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:43 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The state House has voted to express "profound regret" for slavery and segregation in Tennessee, but stopped short of an outright apology.

  • In Tenn., school voucher bill fails for session 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:34 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a program that gives parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school has once again failed to pass.

  • Parent trigger legislation fails this session 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:25 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A bill seeking to make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools failed in a House subcommittee on Tuesday even though its sponsor says it's another tool to reform education in Tennessee.

  • Tenn. revenues show improvement, but still short 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:40 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee revenue collections are showing signs of improvement, but are still well below expectations.

  • Open gun carry bill defeated in Tenn. House panel 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:35 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public without permits was overwhelmingly defeated a House subcommittee on Monday night.

  • Senate resolution honors MTSU president 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:50 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee was honored by the state Senate for an award he received in Beijing.

  • Lawmakers look to wrap up session early next week 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:02 am
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Now that lawmakers have passed an annual spending plan - the lone major piece of legislation the state constitution requires them to approve each year - they are hoping to wrap up the 108th General Assembly as early as Tuesday.

  • Tenn. Legislative session nearing conclusion 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 7:56 am
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Legislative leaders are hoping to adopt Tennessee's annual spending plan as early as this week, clearing the way to the conclusion of the legislative session.

  • Haslam free tuition plan garners praise, concern 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:34 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Gov. Bill Haslam's signature higher-education proposal this year appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session.

  • Alexander has $3.1M on hand for Senate campaign 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 4:06 am
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.

  • For-profit charter schools bill fails in House 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 12:47 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

  • Haslam regrets no raises for teachers next year 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 6:28 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he regrets not being able to give the state's teachers a raise and pledged to find ways to increase their pay after vowing to do so last year.

  • Flinn joins ranks of Alexander's GOP challengers 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:03 am
  • MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Former congressional candidate George Flinn says he is joining the ranks of challengers to Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

  • Rep. Barrett Rich to retire from Tenn. House 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:03 am
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State Rep. Barrett Rich says he won't run for another term representing his rural West Tennessee district in the House this year.

  • Bill to prohibit teacher licensure rules 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 4:53 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A proposal that would prohibit standardized test scores from being tied to teacher licensing is advancing in the House.

  • House votes to clear way for Rocky Top name change 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 6:58 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The state House has voted to allow Lake City to change its name to Rocky Top despite ongoing legal efforts by the rights owners of the bluegrass standard to block the move.

  • Ramsey: Pay raises, higher ed funding face cuts 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 5:22 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.

  • Bill to repeal Tenn. motorcycle helmet law fails 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:09 am
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The latest effort to get rid of Tennessee's motorcycle helmet requirement has failed in a Senate committee.

  • Effort to rewrite Tenn. whiskey law fails for year 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 6:03 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.

  • Bill to end daylight saving time in Tenn. fails 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 1:15 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - An effort to exempt Tennessee from daylight saving time has failed by one vote in the state House.

  • Bill to make in-state tuition changes fails 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 6:35 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Legislation that would make students in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition has failed this session.