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1. Attorney General: Haslam Can Appoint Judges Without Finalists
- Friday, October 11, 2013
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam can fill vacancies in state trial and appellate court positions without getting a list of finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission, which went out of existence at the end of June.
2. Ex-GOP Lawmaker Bunch Named Administrative Judge
- Wednesday, December 15, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – A former state lawmaker who was a vocal critic of Tennessee's laws on appointing judges has been named an administrative law judge.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports for Tuesday's editions that Republican Sen. Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland has been appointed an administrative law judge by Secretary of State Tre Hargett, a fellow former state lawmaker.
3. Governor: Pleased with Budget Compromise
- Monday, June 07, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen said he's largely pleased with the latest form of the budget plan that passed the Senate Thursday night.
Members approved the plan 30-3. The House is expected to take it up on Friday.
4. Senate Panel Votes Against Equal Parenting Bill
- Wednesday, April 28, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to give judges more discretion in divorce custody cases is likely dead this session after failing to get a majority vote in a key Senate committee on Tuesday.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland failed on a 4-3 vote with two abstentions in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held it's final meeting.
5. Bill to Close Handgun Records Likely Dead
- Wednesday, April 28, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to close access to the names of people who hold state-issued permits to carry loaded handguns has likely failed this session.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland was removed from consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday after an amendment was added that essentially rewrote the bill.
6. House Sponsor to Revive Equal Custody Proposal
- Friday, April 09, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – The House sponsor of a proposal that sought to grant equal custody to divorced parents in Tennessee said Thursday he plans to revive an amended version after withdrawing it two days ago.
7. Tenn. Rep. Donna Rowland Not Seeking Re-Election
- Friday, April 02, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The list of Tennessee House members not seeking re-election grew longer on Thursday with Republican Rep. Donna Rowland's announcement she plans to retire after a decade of service.
8. House of Cards
- Monday, February 01, 2010
It’s a little more than halfway through the first meeting of the state Senate’s Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee in 2009, in a nondescript hearing room in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza.
Four bank executives from around the state are seated at a table in front of a row of senators. A line of questioning is about to put the bankers on the hot seat.
9. Paul Stanley's Fall From Grace
- Monday, August 17, 2009
Jim Kyle, a Memphis Democrat who serves as minority leader in the state Senate, gave the first lunchtime address of 2009 to the Memphis Rotary Club.
Rotarians got a bird’s-eye view of the state’s financial picture from Kyle, who described choices needed to close the state’s budget shortfall. Kyle this week announced his candidacy in the 2010 gubernatorial race.
10. Tenn. Senate Passes Gun Proposal for Off-Duty Officers
- Wednesday, June 17, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has passed a proposal that would allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry their weapons in Tennessee establishments that serve alcohol.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland was approved 26-6 on Tuesday.
11. Military Visitation Rights Bill Passes Tenn. Senate
- Wednesday, June 10, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has approved legislation that creates a method for deployed parents to transfer visitation rights for a child to a relative.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland was approved 21-5 on Tuesday.
12. Lawmakers Reject Popular Elections of Justices
- Friday, May 29, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday rejected proposals to hold open elections to fill vacancies on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The elections proposals failed in floor debates over a bill to make changes to the Tennessee Plan for judicial selection and retention.
13. Home School Diploma Bill Headed to Governor
- Wednesday, May 20, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has voted to send a bill to give home school diplomas the same weight as those given by public schools for the governor's consideration.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland would require that all state and local governmental entities recognize diplomas issued by home schools and church-related schools as having the same rights and privileges of diplomas issued by public school systems.
14. Memphis’ Kyle Has Budget Woes, Possible Run at Governor on Mind
- Friday, May 08, 2009
A few weeks ago, followers of state Sen. Jim Kyle’s Twitter feed took note of a seemingly ordinary post that sparked a round of political speculation.
15. New Law Exempts Churches From 'No Smoking' Sign Rules
- Friday, May 16, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Churches in Tennessee will no longer have to post "No Smoking" signs at their entrances.
Gov. Phil Bredesen this week signed the exemption for places of worship into law.
16. State Legislation Would Change Jury Selection Procedures
- Wednesday, May 07, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that seeks to make changes to the current procedures for jury selection unanimously has passed the state House.
The companion bill sponsored by Sen. Dewayne Bunch, a Cleveland Republican, is scheduled for a full Senate floor vote today.
17. State Legislation Would Change Jury Selection Procedures
- Thursday, April 17, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that seeks to make changes to the current procedures for jury selection is advancing in the state Senate.
The measure sponsored by Cleveland Republican Dewayne Bunch unanimously passed the Senate Judicial Committee on Tuesday.
18. Breakdown of Bill Reflects Rift on Judicial Selection Process
- Wednesday, April 16, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - The rejection of a bill that would have made meetings of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission public has exposed a rift over the panel's future.
The bill being carried on behalf of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen was struck down by a House subcommittee last week, with opponents saying that the board needs candor to properly interview judicial candidates.
19. Tenn. Senate Passes Exemption for Churches for 'No Smoking' Signs
- Tuesday, February 05, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill to exempt churches from a state law that requires "No Smoking" signs be posted at their entrances.
The state's indoor smoking ban went into effect in October. The ban applies to most indoor businesses and public places, and requires that the international "No Smoking" symbol be posted at all entrances.
20. Proposal Would Exempt Churches From 'No Smoking' Signs
- Thursday, January 24, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers are considering a proposal to exempt churches from a state law that requires "No Smoking" sings be posted at their entrances.
The state's indoor smoking ban went into effect in October. The ban applies to most indoor businesses and public places and requires that the international "No Smoking" symbol be posted at all entrances.
21. Illegal Immigration May Help State, Hurt Some Cities, Study Finds
- Monday, August 13, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee can do little to curb illegal immigration and its costs beyond urging the federal government to enforce its laws and fund the programs it requires state and local government to provide, according to a new report from the state comptroller's office.
22. Adult-Biz Restrictions Bill Highlights State Legislative Votes
- Monday, June 04, 2007
The state House on Thursday voted 95-1 to restrict where adult businesses can be located, sending the bill to Gov. Phil Bredesen.
The measure would ban new adult establishments from being within 1,000 feet of a child-care facility, school, public park, place of worship or residence.