NASHVILLE (AP) – The House committee that killed last year's version of a bill to allow wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of giving cities the ability to hold referendums on the proposal.
29. Supermarket Wine Bill Up for Key Votes This Week - Monday, January 27, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The full Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.30. Supermarket Wine Bill Up for Key Votes Next Week - Friday, January 24, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.31. Grocery Wine Bill Negotiations Near Breakthrough - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.32. Lawmakers Reconvene For 108th General Assembly - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday reconvened the 108th Tennessee General Assembly in a legislative session that is expected to feature debates over creating a school voucher program and whether to allow supermarkets to sell wine.33. Haslam to Decide on School Vouchers This Week - Monday, January 13, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam won't announce his decision about whether to support school voucher legislation until state lawmakers return into session this week.
The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.34. Republican Group Seeks to Put More Women in Office - Wednesday, September 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The nation's largest caucus of Republican state leaders plans to spend $6 million to recruit 300 women to run for office in the next election cycle, women GOP leaders said Tuesday.35. Former Speaker Williams to Retire From Tennessee House - Friday, August 30, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Kent Williams, whose 2009 election as House speaker shocked and infuriated fellow Republicans, announced Thursday he won't seek a fifth term to instead run for Carter County mayor next year.36. Coley Named to Human Trafficking Task Force - Saturday, July 06, 2013
State Representative Jim Coley of Bartlett has been appointed to the state’s human trafficking task force.37. Coley Named to Human Trafficking Task Force - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
State Representative Jim Coley of Bartlett has been appointed to the state’s human trafficking task force.38. Tennessee GOP: Infighting Typical of Supermajority - Monday, April 29, 2013
Republicans, positioned to make major changes to state law with the governorship and a supermajority in the General Assembly, ended the session with some high-profile measures derailed by infighting.39. Casada Abandons Revival of Campaign Finance Bill - Monday, April 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a bill seeking to boost the amount of money political groups can give to candidates and to do away with reporting requirements for donations by corporations on Thursday dropped an effort to revive the failed measure.40. Casada Faces High Hurdle on Campaign Finance Bill - Saturday, April 20, 2013
An effort to revive a failed bill to boost the amount of money political groups can give to candidates and to do away with reporting requirements for donations by corporations faces a high hurdle in the House.41. Casada Faces High Hurdle on Campaign Finance Bill - Friday, April 19, 2013
An effort to revive a failed bill to boost the amount of money political groups can give to candidates and to do away with reporting requirements for donations by corporations faces a high hurdle in the House.42. House Panel Advances Welfare Penalty for Parents - Thursday, April 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee House committee on Tuesday recommended passing a bill that would dock the welfare payments of parents of children who fail at a school despite Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's opposition to the measure.43. Most Top Issues Decided as Session Hits Final Lap - Tuesday, April 09, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The path may have been rocky at times for the new Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, but leaders are pleased that many of the most contentious issues have been decided as lawmakers enter the final few weeks of the session.44. House GOP Leader Against Resurrecting Wine Bill - Monday, April 01, 2013
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick says he favors a bill to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores, but would oppose efforts to hold a re-vote in a committee where it narrowly failed.45. Harwell Travels to Pennsylvania for Mother's Funeral - Friday, March 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Rep. Curtis Johnson is presiding over the Tennesee House while Speaker Beth Harwell is away to attend to her mother's funeral.46. Supermarket Wine Bill Fails by 1 Vote in House - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to loosen wine sale laws in Tennessee has failed by a single vote in a House committee after members of the panel refused to grant the sponsor a week's delay to negotiate a final version.47. Judicial Redistricting Plan Leaves Shelby Same - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
About a year after the Tennessee legislature set new district lines for itself and the state’s nine members of Congress, it is about to set the district lines for civil and criminal trial court judges at the state level.48. Renewed Bid Would Dilute Tennessee Open Meetings Law - Monday, March 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A renewed push is under way to get Tennessee lawmakers to allow local official to hold more closed-door meetings.
Williamson County Commissioner Bob Barnwell, who also spearheaded a similar attempt last year, has written to local government colleagues around the state urging them to encourage state lawmakers to pass a bill to allow private meetings among officials as long as a quorum isn't present.49. Harwell Vote Rescues Grocery Store Wine Bill - Thursday, March 07, 2013
House Speaker Beth Harwell has rescued a bill to allow supermarket wine sales by casting the deciding vote in a subcommittee where the measure faced defeat.50. Tennessee GOP Lawmakers Seek to Back Away From 'Fringe' - Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Before a House vote to give final approval to a contentious firearms bill last week, Speaker Beth Harwell implored her Republican colleagues to ignore demands from what she deemed “fringe” groups to make major changes to the measure.51. Tennessee House Sends Parking Lot Guns Bill to Governor - Saturday, March 02, 2013
The Tennessee House has voted to send to the governor’s desk a bill to allow the state’s nearly 400,000 handgun carry permit holders to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.52. House Sends Parking Lot Guns Bill to Governor - Friday, March 01, 2013
The House has voted to send to the governor’s desk a bill to allow the state’s nearly 400,000 handgun carry permit holders to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.53. Supermarket Wine Bill Advances by 1 Vote in Senate - Tuesday, February 26, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.
The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state's nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.54. Nashville School Board Chair Calls Bill ‘Horrid’ - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A plan that would let state officials overrule local school board decisions about charter schools in the state's two largest cities is being sharply criticized.
The Tennessean reported members of the Metro Nashville Council, the board of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and opposing state legislators gathered Monday at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, where school board chairwoman Cheryl Mayes derided the bill as "horrid."55. Despite Wide Legislative Power, Harwell Has Plenty of Work Ahead - Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell today sits at the pinnacle of legislative power, overseeing a House Republican majority of better than 2-1.56. White to Chair House Education Subcommittee - Saturday, January 19, 2013
Republican state Rep. Mark White of Memphis has been named chairman of the House Education Subcommittee by House Speaker Beth Harwell.57. White to Chair House Education Subcommittee - Friday, January 18, 2013
Republican state Rep. Mark White of Memphis has been named chairman of the House Education Subcommittee by House Speaker Beth Harwell.58. Turner Calls for Investigation of Department of Children’s Services - Monday, January 14, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner is calling for a special meeting to investigate the Department of Children's Services' refusal to release records related to the abuse and death of children under its care.59. House OKs Limiting Lawmakers to 15 Bills a Year - Friday, January 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has approved setting a cap on how many bills each lawmaker can file each year.
The chamber on Thursday approved the new 15-bill limit on a voice vote. Previously there were no limits on the number of measures each member could introduce, and Speaker Beth Harwell said the flood of legislation conflicted with Republican ideals of lesser government.60. Top Chairwoman Out in Senate Committee Shakeup - Friday, January 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Thursday replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while some opponents of a proposal to allow wine sales in grocery stores lauded committee assignments in the lower chamber.61. Harwell's Bill Limit Proposal Finds GOP Resistance - Wednesday, January 09, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell's attempt to reel in the number of bills introduced each legislative session was met with resistance among some of her Republican colleagues as the legislative session got under way on Tuesday.62. Tennessee Lawmakers Convene for 108th General Assembly - Wednesday, January 09, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers convened Tuesday for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly that is expected to take up measures ranging from allowing wine in supermarkets to permitting teachers to be armed in school.63. Department of Children’s Services Seeks $8 Million From State - Friday, November 09, 2012
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Children's Services requested more than $8 million on Thursday to hire new staff and make other improvements to the agency that has been highly scrutinized over children's deaths.64. Deberry Defends Head of Department of Children's Services - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A Democratic lawmaker who played a role in the formation of the embattled Tennessee Department of Children's Services says the agency's commissioner shouldn't be blamed for deeply rooted problems that she inherited.65. Utility Regulatory Agency Missing Staff - Friday, July 06, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The state agency responsible for setting rates and service standards for privately-owned utilities is lacking an executive director and board quorum.
Among new laws that took effect July 1 is a statute that revamps the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Gov. Bill Haslam backed the legislation that created a part-time board and requires a fulltime executive director.66. Lawmakers Adjourn Session Without Gun Showdown - Thursday, May 03, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The 107th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned Tuesday without a final showdown over a contentious gun issue and the governor said he will decide in the next couple of days whether to veto a bill targeting Vanderbilt University's policies on religious student groups.67. Lawmakers Send Budget to Governor - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state’s more than $31 billion annual spending plan is headed to the governor after Republicans rejected Democratic efforts to make further changes to the compromise legislation.68. Lobbyist Email Sent From Committee Chair's Account - Thursday, April 19, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A lobbyist has used a House chairman's email to urge lawmakers to vote against a bill to tax roll-your-own cigarettes.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the email was sent from the email account of Republican Rep. Bob Ramsey of Maryville, the chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee.69. House Panel Advances Gun Bill - Wednesday, April 18, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to strip employers of the right to ban firearms on company property is advancing again in the House, even though Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn’t think it will pass.70. Tenn. House Advances Gun Bills - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has rushed four bills out of subcommittee to guarantee workers the right to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots.
The measures were advanced to the full Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee on Tuesday after a truncated debate.71. Haslam Measure on Selecting Judges Awaiting Action - Tuesday, April 03, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – When the top three Republicans in the Statehouse coalesced behind a plan to cement Tennessee's current selection process for Supreme Court justices into the state constitution, there seemed to be a smooth path ahead for getting the measure before voters in 2014.72. House Panel OKs 1 Voter ID Change, Balks at Others - Thursday, March 15, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A House panel on Wednesday advanced one Democratic proposal to change Tennessee's new voter ID law, but rejected a second bill and delayed a third.
The House State and Local Government Subcommittee voted 4-3 in favor of a measure that would allow people without government-issued identification to vote after being photographed at the polling place.73. Naifeh to Retire After 38 Years in House - Friday, March 09, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Rep. Jimmy Naifeh announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election after 38 years in the House of Representatives, saying it's time to "pass the torch to the next generation of leaders."74. NRA Aims to Shoot Down Parking Lot Gun Exceptions - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The National Rifle Association is pressuring Republican lawmakers to abandon proposed limitations to a measure that would let workers store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots.75. House Sponsor Stands by 'Don't Say Gay' Bill - Wednesday, February 29, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican sponsor of a proposal to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students said Tuesday that he's not backing off the legislation despite concerns from GOP leaders.76. GOP Discuss Need for 'Don't Say Gay' Ban - Monday, February 27, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students may be stalled, as Republican lawmakers discuss whether they should proceed with the bill.77. Tenn. GOP Puts Off 'Don't Say Gay' Ban in House - Thursday, February 23, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Supporters of a measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students have put off consideration of the proposal after being told of fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's concerns.78. Haslam Hopes Waiver Will Boost Morale of Teachers - Friday, February 10, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he hopes Tennessee's waiver from the No Child Left Behind education law boosts the morale of teachers and other educators frustrated by the federal measure's strict and sweeping requirements.79. Haslam Plan on Judges Survives Early Challenge - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's plan for writing the state's judicial selection system into the Tennessee Constitution survived a challenge Tuesday from a fellow Republican in the state House.80. Support Builds for Special Session on Health Care - Friday, February 03, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican lawmakers are building support for a plan to wait until the end of the year to take action on state requirements set by President Barack Obama's federal health care law.81. MBA To Spend Year Educating Public on Law - Thursday, February 02, 2012
The Memphis Bar Association is gearing up for a major public outreach program in the form of an educational campaign.
Gary Smith, the 2012 president of the attorneys’ group, along with secretary Tommy Parker and member Porter Feild, have developed a program they’re calling “Law Rules: The Importance of the American Legal System.”82. Photo Collage Adds Color to Halls of Legislature - Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Workers have installed a new floor-to-ceiling photo collage of Tennessee vistas and landmarks in a hallway between the Legislative Plaza and War Memorial buildings in Nashville.
The collage was commissioned by House Speaker Beth Harwell. The Nashville Republican cleared out the vending machines previously located on the landing between the two buildings.83. Haslam, Speakers Want to Keep Judge Appointments - Thursday, January 26, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The state's top Republicans want to place a ballot measure before Tennessee voters to eliminate any constitutional questions about the current system for appointing judges.84. Bill to Strip Courts' Power to Block Laws Dropped - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal to strip state courts of the power to block laws enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly quietly withdrew the bill on Monday after receiving heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle.85. GOP Proposals Take Aim at Tennessee Courts - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Republicans in the Tennessee Legislature are taking a close look at the judiciary branch this year, with several proposals expected to be taken up early in the session.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey told reporters last week that he plans to get fellow lawmakers to take the first step toward approving a constitutional amendment to resolve legal questions about the way appeals judges are appointed and retained.86. State Orders 54,600 Copies of Tenn. Blue Book - Monday, January 23, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The latest edition of the Tennessee Blue Book are being delivered being delivered to the state Capitol.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett said Friday that the state has ordered 54,600 copies of the official guide to Tennessee government and history.87. Harwell Opposes Changes to Tenn. Open Meetings Law - Wednesday, January 18, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell has voiced opposition to efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings law and has called on a Republican colleague to drop a bill seeking to make changes to the current rules.88. Tenn. Lawmakers Want More Time on Redistricting Plans - Thursday, January 12, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers opposed to legislative redistricting plans are questioning the desire of Republican leaders to pass them so quickly.
GOP leaders hope their redistricting plans can come up for a vote early as Thursday, Jan. 12, after the judiciary committees in both chambers passed the plans on to the House and Senate floors.89. Tenn. Lawmakers Want More Time on Redistricting Plans - Wednesday, January 11, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers opposed to legislative redistricting plans are questioning the desire of Republican leaders to pass them so quickly.
GOP leaders hope their redistricting plans can come up for a vote early as Thursday after the judiciary committees in both chambers passed the plans on to the House and Senate floors.90. General Assembly Back in Session - Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tennessee lawmakers went back to work Tuesday, Jan. 10, opening their session for the second year of 107th General Assembly.
House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey called the two chambers into order shortly after noon.91. Haslam, Harwell Hesitant on Drug-Testing Proposal - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he expects lawmakers will pass a bill requiring drug tests for Tennesseans who get government assistance or workers' compensation. Other high-ranking Republicans aren't so confident.92. Haslam Wants to Put Off Estate Tax Cut Over Cost - Monday, December 26, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Raising Tennessee's estate tax exemption by $500,000 would cost the state about $23 million in lost revenues, according to projections by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.93. Rep. DeBerry Says She’s Free of Cancer - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Lois DeBerry of Memphis has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season – mainly being alive.94. Tenn. GOP Leaders Press for Hall, Estate Tax Cuts - Wednesday, December 14, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican leaders in the General Assembly plan to forge ahead with efforts to reduce the state's inheritance and Hall income taxes despite Gov. Bill Haslam's concerns that Tennessee's economic situation isn't healthy enough to make up for the lost revenues.95. Todd Returns to Legislature After DUI, Gun Arrest - Thursday, October 20, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Curry Todd has returned to the Legislature for the first time since his arrest on drunken driving and gun charges.
The Collierville Republican did not address his Oct. 11 arrest upon joining the proceedings of the Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday morning. Todd left through the back of the hearing room afterward and did not speak to reporters.96. Todd Apologizes for ‘Mistake’ - Tuesday, October 18, 2011
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday, Oct. 17, that Tenn. Rep. Curry Todd has apologized for a “bad mistake” in being arrested on drunken driving and gun charges last week.97. Tenn. Gun Bill Sponsor Faces DUI, Firearm Charges - Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Collierville sponsor of the law that made it legal to carry a gun into bars in Tennessee is facing charges of possession of a handgun while under the influence and drunken driving.
Rep. Curry Todd, a Collierville Republican, was pulled over in Nashville late Tuesday, according to court documents. Police said he failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a Breathalyzer test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found in a holster stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.98. Amazon.com Deal Changes Incentives for Company - Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The first tip last week that the latest jobs announcement by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam would be a little different was that he did it in the old Tennessee Supreme Court chambers in Nashville.
The chambers are usually the setting for announcements of statewide importance with a broad political impact and sometimes a new direction for state government.99. Schools Planning Commission Begins Work - Thursday, September 29, 2011
The 21-member schools consolidation planning commission goes to work Thursday, Sept. 29, in a conference room at the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement in Shelby Farms.100. Countywide School Board List Hits 100 - Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners are preparing for a long afternoon Wednesday, Sept. 7, as they interview applicants for the seven seats the commission will fill on the new countywide school board.
The interview sessions before the general government committee chaired by commissioner Mike Carpenter begin at noon.