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1. Gas Tax, Health Care Complicate Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law was supposed to provide a springboard for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's entry into the Tennessee governor's race.

2. Tennessee Senate OKs Gun Background Check Exemption Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill eliminating background check requirements when gun dealers occasionally sell from their personal firearm collections.

Senators voted 24-3 Thursday on the legislation by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet. The House passed it Monday. Gov. Bill Haslam will decide to sign or veto the bill.

3. Bill Seeking Closed Primaries in Tennessee Withdrawn -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The latest effort to end Tennessee's open primary system has been withdrawn for the year.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and fellow Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon was removed from active consideration in the Senate State and Local Government on Tuesday.

4. Anti-Gay Marriage Legislation Fades Along With Transgender Restrooms -

Anti-gay marriage legislation appears to be dead in the House of Representatives for the year. The House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted Wednesday, March 29, to put off an amended version of the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act until 2018. Under the measure, Tennessee’s policy would require it to defend “natural marriage” between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary.

5. True Fakes -

TRUISH. These days, fake news can seem so real, and real news gets more and more unbelievable.

I offer recent local, state and national examples.

ZOO PREPARING BOAT PARKING FOR RAINBOW LAKE

6. Amended Restroom Bill Ignored by Senate Committee -

NASHVILLE – Legislation restricting restroom use at public schools for transgender students got flushed on Wednesday, March 22.

The Senate Education Committee declined to hear the measure sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers when it failed to receive the required motion and support to be considered.

7. Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA -

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.

8. State Sen. Mae Beavers Exploring Bid for Tennessee Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Mae Beavers, the sponsor of a bill seeking to require students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the sex on their birth certificates, says she is exploring a bid for Tennessee governor.

9. Singing Along With Tone-Deaf Legislators -

Often dull, but never boring. They might even make you break out into song.

Halfway through the 2017 session, the General Assembly could be accused of lacking sharpness or sensibility, but what it lacks in luster it makes up for with lots of political song and dance.

10. Norris Presents Amended Fuel-Tax Bill With Larger Sales Tax Cut -

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris pushed a revised fuel-tax bill through the Transportation Committee on Monday, March 13, making a sharper cut in the grocery tax to offset phased-in increases at the gas pump.

11. Norris Presents Amended Fuel-Tax Bill With Larger Sales Tax Cut -

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris pushed a revised fuel-tax bill through the Transportation Committee on Monday, March 13, making a sharper cut in the grocery tax to offset phased-in increases at the gas pump.

12. Tennessee Transgender Bathroom Bill Postponed -

NASHVILLE – Legislation requiring public school students to use restrooms based on their sex at birth is on hold.

State Rep. Mark Pody, saying he wants to bring “common sense” and “clarity” to the matter, took his bill off notice Tuesday in a House Education subcommittee, saying policies and court decisions are changing so quickly he needs more time to amend the measure.

13. Rep. Mark Pody Pushes ‘Common Sense’ Transgender Bill Some Say Isn’t Needed -

Despite a reversal of federal guidelines for public school restroom use, state Rep. Mark Pody is prepared to present legislation Tuesday, March 7, restricting bathroom use to a student’s sex at birth.

14. Pody Pushes ‘Common Sense’ Transgender Bill Some Say Isn’t Needed -

Despite a reversal of federal guidelines for public school restroom use, state Rep. Mark Pody is prepared to present legislation Tuesday, March 7, restricting bathroom use to a student’s sex at birth.

15. Tennessee AG Says Abortion Bill Constitutionally Suspect -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's state attorney general says bills in the General Assembly that would outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected by ultrasound may not be able to stand up in court.

16. Senate Replaces Proposed 'Alien' Label IDs With 'Visa' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state Senate committee has agreed to changes to a bill seeking to label Tennessee driver's licenses issued to people without permanent residency status with the words "alien" or "non-U.S. citizen."

17. View From the Hill: ‘Moral Mondays’ Draw Crowds, But Are Lawmakers Listening? -

Johnny and Julie Erwin don’t look like typical protesters, but the senior couple joined the “moral Mondays” ruckus recently at the State Capitol, Johnny wearing his Air Force cap and Julie holding a list of social legislation they oppose.

18. Last Word: This is Memphis, Sedgwick Deal Expands and Violent Crime Drops -

There used to be a time when a 10-second shot of the Memphis streetscape in a commercial was enough to start an avalanche of speculation about the economic impact of the placement. And when people didn’t mob the city the next day, we were always hopeful that the next little peek of our brand would surely be the one that brought that about.

19. Beavers Shuts Down Office As Protesters Gather Outside -

NASHVILLE – The sponsor of two bills aimed at the LGBT community left the Legislative Plaza in a huff Tuesday, Feb. 21, as protesters gathered around her office to object to her “retaliation” in the wake of a short-circuited press conference.

20. Tennessee Capitol Protests Lead to Call for Tighter Security -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After recent protests around the state Capitol in Nashville, some Republicans want a crackdown on demonstrators and tougher security requirements for entering the legislative office complex.

21. Tennessee GOP Mulls Capitol Complex Security Clamp-Down -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Republican legislative leaders are suggesting stricter security to enter the Capitol complex after a few dozen protesters interrupted a news conference about transgender bathroom access.

22. State Lawmakers Confronted Over Anti-LGBT Bills -

NASHVILLE – The unveiling of legislation undercutting same-sex marriage and enforcing transgender bathroom rules turned into a short-circuited press conference and confrontation Wednesday, Feb. 15.

23. Flurry of Bills Affecting LGBT Community Filed in State Legislature Before Deadline -

NASHVILLE – Tennessee lawmakers met last Thursday’s legislation-filing deadline with a host of social measures one Memphis representative describes as “wedge bills” because they drive people apart.

24. Bills Affecting LGBT Community Filed Before Deadline -

NASHVILLE – Tennessee lawmakers met last Thursday’s legislation-filing deadline with a host of social measures one Memphis representative describes as “wedge bills” because they drive people apart.

25. View From the Hill: Legislators Feel Free to Work Against Haslam -

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

“How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?” asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman.

26. At Least 7 Lawmakers Had Financial Ties to GOP Donor Miller -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – At least seven current and former Republican lawmakers in Tennessee had financial ties to a prominent GOP donor who recently settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.

27. Bill to Have Lawmakers Fill US Senate Vacancies Fails -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to have state lawmakers fill U.S. Senate vacancies has been defeated.

Under a proposed amendment to the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee lawmakers would have been called into a special legislative session to decide the successors of U.S. senators who don't complete their full six-year terms.

28. Senate Passes Bill to Set Sign Requirements for Gun Bans -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Senate has unanimously passed a bill seeking to establish minimum signage requirements for Tennessee business owners who want to ban customers from carrying firearms inside their establishments.

29. Tennessee Designates Barrett As Official State Rifle -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While Tennessee lawmakers balked last year at making the Holy Bible the official state book, they showed little hesitance Wednesday in designating an official state rifle.

30. Tennessee Senate Votes to End Emissions Tests for New Cars -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to end emissions testing in Tennessee for new cars, brushing aside concerns that relaxing standards might be a bad idea in light of the Volkswagen scandal.

31. Posturing Against Supreme Court Is a Waste of Money -

Legislation rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling faces major constitutional questions and, if passed, could put a financial burden on Tennessee taxpayers.

When the high court declared gay and lesbian couples have the right to be married across the United States, overturning state laws to the contrary, Tennessee’s Republican legislators started brainstorming for methods to work around the decision or to defy it. The Republican Caucus still hasn’t announced the outcome.

32. Vote on Loosening Emissions Testing Awaits Tenn. Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

33. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape -

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

34. Lawyers: AG Opinion Bars Felons From Having Antique Guns -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general's office appears to have changed its position on whether felons can legally possess antique guns.

A 2008 opinion issued by then-Attorney General Robert Cooper said felons could lawfully possess the older weapons. However, state law has changed.

35. Tennessee Senate Passes 48-Hour Waiting-Period Abortion Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Women would have to wait 48 hours before an abortion, under legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday after lawmakers rejected an amendment to exempt cases of rape or incest.

36. Attorney General Election Proposal Passes Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of Tennessee's attorney general overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Tuesday despite arguments that the current system doesn't need to be changed.

37. First At Last -

TENNESSEE. FIRST AT LAST. That’s our new slogan. Time to own it. Some of you, my faithful readers, tell me I should be more positive about our prospects as a state. Look at the circus in Nashville – and remember how much fun I had at the circus as a kid, how hard I laughed at the clowns. Watch our march backwards, our retreat from progress – and think of it as a parade, marvel at how the marchers stay in lockstep with their eyes so firmly closed, applaud their speed and coordination.

38. No On One -

NO. IT’S HER DECISION, NOT YOURS. The Tennessee General Assembly is 83 percent male – and those big, strong men in the majority are convinced they know what’s best for the little ladies in the minority, in fact, what’s best for all the women of Tennessee.

39. Hands Up, You’re in Tennessee -

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate.

“Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.”

40. Senate Wants Schools to Recite Tennessee Flag Salute -

NASHVILLE (AP) – 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.

41. Open Carry Bill Presents Haslam Campaign Flashback -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits.

42. Haslam Examining Ramifications of Open Carry Bill -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits.

43. Senate Votes for Open Gun Carry Without Permit -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

44. Attorney General Election Measure Fails in Senate -

A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state’s attorney general has failed again in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was defeated 16-15 on Thursday after failing to get a majority of 17 votes. It failed to pass 15-14 last month.

45. Attorney General Election Measure Fails in Senate -

A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state’s attorney general has failed again in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was defeated 16-15 on Thursday after failing to get a majority of 17 votes. It failed to pass 15-14 last month.

46. Senators Consider Supporting AG Election -

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he may swing his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state’s attorney general.

47. Senators Consider Supporting AG Election -

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he may swing his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state's attorney general.

48. Senate Defeats Proposal to Elect Attorney General -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received 15 votes in favor and 14 votes against. Proposals need at least 17 votes – a majority of the 33-member chamber – to pass.

49. Mae Be, Mae Be Not -

MAE BE ONTO SOMETHING. State Sen. Mae Beavers – really, that’s her name – has offered legislation that makes it against the law in Tennessee to obey the law in the United States – really, I couldn’t possibly make that up.

50. Full Senate to Vote on Latest Attorney General Election Proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate is taking another run at changing the way Tennessee's attorney general gains office.

Under a proposed constitutional amendment advanced to a full Senate vote Tuesday, the attorney general would stand for popular election rather than being appointed by the state Supreme Court.

51. Bill Seeks to Ban Federal Health Care Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Republicans have filed legislation to resist implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law in Tennessee.

Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon held a news conference on Wednesday to announce the measure that seeks to prohibit any cooperation by the state or its agencies in implementing or administering the federal law.

52. Governor Signs Ignition Interlock Bill -

Tennessee’s ignition interlock law will apply to more drunken drivers under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15 percent.

53. Governor Signs Ignition Interlock Bill -

Tennessee’s ignition interlock law will apply to more drunken drivers under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15 percent.

54. Lawmakers Pass Bill for More Ignition Interlocks -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to make Tennessee's ignition interlock law apply to more drunken drivers has cleared the Legislature.

The measure was unanimously approved 95-0 in the House on Tuesday before passing the Senate 31-0, sending it to the governor for consideration.

55. Attorney General Selection Bill Passes Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to select the state attorney general passed the Senate on Wednesday even though opponents argue there’s no need to change the current process.

56. Analysis of Lawmaker Expenses Killed in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A resolution calling for a comprehensive study of lawmaker allowances has been killed in a House committee after unanimously passing the Senate.

Republican state Rep. Curry Todd made the motion in the House State Government Committee on Tuesday to delay consideration of the measure until after the Legislature adjourns next year.

57. Senate Panel OKs College Nondiscrimination Ban -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that seeks to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved unanimously 9-0 by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The companion bill passed the House 75-21 earlier this week.

58. Critics of Vanderbilt Policy Seek to Strip Police Power -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Opponents of a Vanderbilt University policy banning discrimination in student groups want to enact a law to strip the private school of its police powers if it doesn't change its ways.

59. Senator's Traffic Stop Part of Vanderbilt Police Debate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The effort to strip Vanderbilt University of its police force over a nondiscrimination policy for student groups has brought up a traffic stop involving the chairwoman of the Senate committee handling the bill, but the lawmaker says she doesn't know why the incident has become part of the debate.

60. Senate Rejects Ban on Feds Enforcing Gun Laws -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to make it a crime to enforce federal firearms laws in Tennessee has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received a 4-4 vote on the panel Wednesday. Bills must earn a majority to advance.

61. Attorney General: Student Group Bill 'Constitutionally Suspect' -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state attorney general's office says a vetoed bill that took aim at Vanderbilt University's treatment of religious student groups is "constitutionally suspect."

The proposal was the result of a controversy that flared up after a gay Vanderbilt student was thrown out of a Christian fraternity. That caused the school to begin more strictly enforcing its "all-comers" policy. Vanderbilt's policy requires its student groups to allow any student to become a member and hold office, regardless of the student's beliefs.

62. Top Chairwoman Out in Senate Committee Shakeup -

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.

63. Haslam to Veto College Discrimination Policy Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday he would veto a measure that tried to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious groups from its nondiscrimination policy. It would be his first veto since taking office in 2010.

64. Health Care Compact Falls Short in Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow Tennessee to join an interstate compact challenging the federal health care law failed in the House on Tuesday after about 28 members were either absent or abstained on the vote.

65. House, Senate OK Bill Targeting Vanderbilt Policy -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill seeking to rescind Vanderbilt University's "all-comers" policy, which requires school groups to allow any interested students to join and run for office.

66. Tenn. Lawmakers Join Opposition to Obama Health Care Bill -

A group of Tennessee lawmakers are joining their counterparts from around the country in registering with the U.S. Supreme Court their opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation, the health care reform bill.

67. Tenn. Bill Seeks Crackdown on Meth Production -

A proposal that seeks to crack down on the production and distribution of methamphetamine has advanced in the Tennessee Senate.

The measure proposed by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved 32-0 on Wednesday. The companion bill has yet to move in the House.

68. Bill to Strip Courts' Power to Block Laws Dropped -

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.

69. Casada Weighs In on Anti-Bias Legislation -

Editor’s Note: This is an occasional series that profiles Tennessee’s state legislators. Credit his friends – and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan – with starting state Rep. Glen Casada on the road to public service.

70. Lawmakers Provide More Than 2,000 Documents -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers trying to quash subpoenas seeking information that might reveal details about why they voted for a measure that overturned Nashville's anti-discrimination ordinance have released 2,200 documents, but plaintiffs' attorneys aren't satisfied.

71. Beavers Builds Case Around Conduct of Tennessee Judges -

Editor’s Note: This is an occasional series that profiles Tennessee’s state legislators. It took a budget shortfall in the Wilson County school system and her husband knocking on doors to get Mae Beavers elected the first time.

72. Judiciary Court Could Change -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to move forward with proposed changes to the commission that disciplines judges.

Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet led two hearings this week concerning the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary.

73. Tenn. Lawmakers Scrutinize Judiciary Court Once Again -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A state legislative committee is planning to meet once again to scrutinize the commission that disciplines Tennessee judges.

The Tennessean reports Sen. Mae Beavers, a Mt. Juliet Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will lead the hearings next month concerning the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary (http://bit.ly/nlin61).

74. New Laws on Tenure, Terrorism Still Contentious -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A batch of new laws are taking effect in Tennessee on Friday, July 1, including a measure that toughens tenure requirements for teachers and another that is billed as fighting terrorism but that Muslim residents worry has targeted them for unfounded suspicion.

75. Bill Allows Tenn. to Join Health Care Compact -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate has passed a proposal that would allow Tennessee to join an interstate compact challenging the federal health care law.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved 22-9 on Wednesday. But the legislation is unlikely to pass this session because the companion bill has been delayed until next year in the House Health and Human Resources Committee.

76. Bill to Help Fight Meth Production Passes Tenn. Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that seeks to curtail the production of methamphetamine in Tennessee through the use of an electronic tracking system is advancing in the Tennessee Legislature.

77. Abortion Resolution Gets Two-Thirds State Senate Votes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to allow the state to impose stricter limits on abortion has come a step closer to voters after once again being approved by the Senate on Monday.

78. Tenn. Senate Passes 'Health Freedom Act' -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would allow Tennesseans to opt out of the federal health care law despite opposition from some who say the proposal is unnecessary and pure politics.

79. Proposal Supports Electing Tenn. Attorney General -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A measure to make the office of state attorney general an elected position is advancing in the Senate despite opposition from some lawmakers who say it will breed corruption.

Currently, the attorney general is appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to an eight-year term.

80. Tenn. GOP Measure Targets Federal Health Care Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Republicans have proposed legislation that calls for the state to join an interstate compact challenging the new federal health care law.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and several members of the Tennessee Tea Party joined Senate sponsor Mae Beavers in announcing the measure on Monday.

81. Tenn. Proposal to Help Fight Production of Meth -

Lawmakers are hoping to curtail the production of methamphetamine in Tennessee through the use of an electronic tracking system.

State Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and state Rep. Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, both Republicans, proposed legislation on Thursday that would use a statewide electronic logbook to stop illicit purchases of over-the-counter cold and allergy products containing pseudoephedrine. The ingredient is used to cook methamphetamine.

82. Tea Party Event Seeks to Rally Tenn. Voters -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The latest Tea Party rally in Nashville is necessary to spur people to vote conservative candidates into office, Tennessee Republican lawmakers said Tuesday.

With only a few days left before Election Day, the Tennessee Tea Party was to host a Tuesday stop by the Tea Party Express, a national cross-country tour encouraging people to vote.

83. Governor: Pleased with Budget Compromise -

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.

84. State Senate Approves Hospital Fee To Avoid TennCare Cut -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Senate on Thursday approved a bill to allow state hospitals to pay a fee to avoid $659 million in TennCare cuts.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville passed on a 25-5 vote. Four of the votes against the bill came from Republicans, including one who is running for governor and two running for Congress.

85. Senate Approves Hospital Fee to Avoid TennCare Cut -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate on Thursday approved a bill to allow state hospitals to pay a fee to avoid $659 million in TennCare cuts.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville passed on a 25-5 vote on Thursday. Four of the votes against the bill came from Republicans, including one who is running for governor and two running for Congress.

86. Measure to Call for Popular Election of Tenn. AG -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of Tennessee's attorney general says the current process lacks accountability.

Currently, the state's attorney general is appointed by justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Opponents of the proposal – which was approved 19-14 on Thursday – said that process is fine and doesn't need to be changed.

87. DUI Ignition Device Bill Passes State Senate -

A proposal that would require people convicted of drunken driving to have ignition locks installed in their vehicles has passed the state Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved 31-0 Monday evening.

88. Tenn. Rep. Donna Rowland Not Seeking Re-Election -

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.

89. Beavers Changes Mind, Will Bid for Senate Return -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Mae Beavers said Thursday she's abandoning her bid for Wilson County mayor and will instead seek re-election to the Senate.

90. Tenn. Senate Votes to Reject Health Care Mandate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to require the state attorney general to mount a legal challenge to any federal law to require participation in a health care system.

91. Ramsey: Lifting Fundraising No Longer Top Priority -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Senate speaker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey said lifting an in-session fundraising ban is no longer among his top priorities.

92. Rep. Susan Lynn to Run for State Senate -

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Rep. Susan Lynn has announced she will run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mae Beavers next year.

Lynn, of Mt. Juliet, will have to give up her state House seat to run for the upper chamber. Beavers is leaving the Legislature to run for Wilson County mayor.

93. Tenn. Sen. Beavers to Give Up Seat, Run For Mayor -

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Republican Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers says she will run for Wilson County mayor next year instead of seeking re-election to the General Assembly.

94. Senate Changes Gun Laws For Parks, Cars -

People with handgun carry permits could bring their weapons into all state and local parks in Tennessee, under a bill the state Senate passed on Monday.

The chamber also approved a bill to allow people with carry permits to transport ammunition alongside rifles or shotguns in the passenger compartment of their vehicles.

95. Bill to Allow Handguns in Tenn. Parks Advances -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - People with handgun carry permits from Tennessee and 19 other states could bring their loaded firearms into state and local parks under a bill advancing in the Senate.

96. Senate Panel Considers Guns in Tenn. Parks Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Handgun permit holders would be allowed to bring their loaded weapons into all state and local parks in Tennessee under a bill debated in a Senate committee Tuesday.

The bill sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, would require city and county governments that don't want to allow handguns in their parks, greenways, playgrounds or sports fields to hold specific votes to outlaw the practice.

97. Senate Panel Kills Measure to Add Statewide Votes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution to popularly elect the lieutenant governor and secretary of state has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The panel voted 2-2 with three abstentions Tuesday on the measure sponsored by Chattanooga Democratic Sen. Andy Berke. Proposals need to gain the support of at least five of the committee's nine members to advance.

98. Texting While Driving Prohibited Under Proposal -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Reading or sending cell phone text messages while driving would be prohibited under a proposal advancing in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, passed the Senate Transportation Committee 6-1 on Tuesday. The companion bill has been assigned to a House subcommittee.

99. Legislature Passes $27B Budget, Adjourns for Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Legislature adjourned for the year after lawmakers passed a $27 billion state budget that cuts jobs and education and health care spending to fill a nearly half-billion-dollar revenue shortfall.

100. Open Container Bill OK'd Despite DUI Enforcement Concerns -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has passed a bill that would ban open alcohol containers in vehicles.

The Senate voted 23-7 to approve the bill sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers, a Mount Juliet Republican, despite concerns raised by prosecutors and safety officials the measure could inadvertently cause drunken driving enforcement efforts to lose funding.