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1. Despite Massive Turnover, GOP Owns Legislature
- Thursday, November 16, 2017
2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.
Not only is the Legislature moving to the Cordell Hull Building, vacating the Legislative Plaza after 45 years or so, a number of legislative faces are changing, too, even before next year’s election.
2. View From the Hill: Gas Tax Rancor Lingers as Session Coasts to Close
- Thursday, May 11, 2017
Remnants of rancor over Republican leadership roiled the House, a reminder of outrage over roguish behavior as representatives reached the finish line.
Alliteration is probably better suited for poetry. But in a case of what could be considered poetic justice, at least for some, this literary device – goofiness maybe – is suitable for legislative action requiring a score card to keep up with the characters and a bit of history to put it all together.
3. Tennessee House Abandons Amendments Before Approving State Budget
- Friday, May 5, 2017
Putting a day of acrimony behind it, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $37 billion budget plan on Friday, May 5, stripping away nearly $320 million in amendments placed on it the previous day.
4. Oral Chemo Bill Heading for House Vote as Big Pharma Watches
- Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Despite objections to a pharmaceutical reporting requirement, a House committee passed legislation Tuesday, April 4, designed to make oral chemotherapy medication more affordable.
By a 16-2 vote, the House Insurance and Banking Committee approved legislation sponsored by Rep. William Lamberth prohibiting an insurance provider from requiring a higher insurance co-payment for oral anti-cancer medication than for injected chemotherapy medication. The measure moves next to the Calendar & Rules Committee and then the House floor.
5. Deadline Looms for New Tennessee Library and Archives
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Secretary of State Tre Hargett said Monday that this session is the last chance for Tennessee lawmakers to approve funding for a new building for the State Library and Archives.
6. GOP Leaders Alarmed About Removal of Tennessee History
- Thursday, October 6, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican leaders in the state Legislature are expressing alarm at the number of Tennessee historical events that would be removed from teaching requirements under a proposed overhaul of social studies standards.
7. Haslam Drops $150K Into PAC for Tennessee Legislative Races
- Monday, August 1, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has opened his wallet for state legislative campaigns throughout the state.
According to the final campaign finance reports to be filed before the Aug. 4 primary, Haslam gave $150,000 to his political action committee, Jobs4TN. The committee then contributed all but $4,000 of that amount to the campaigns of 44 lawmakers.
8. Legislature Votes to Reduce, Eventually Eliminate Hall Tax
- Tuesday, April 26, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Legislature on Friday passed a measure that would reduce and eventually eliminate the Hall tax on investment income.
The Hall tax imposes a general levy of 6 percent on investment income, with some exceptions. Lawmakers agreed to reduce it down to 5 percent before eliminating it completely. They intend to pass future legislation reducing it by 1% each year before eliminating it completely by 2022.
9. Lawmakers Fail To Conclude Tennessee Legislative Session
- Thursday, April 21, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – 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.
10. Bill Seeks Private Transportation Partnerships in Tennessee
- Friday, February 5, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bipartisan legislative proposal would clear the way for public-private partnerships on transportation projects in Tennessee.
Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro said at a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday that the bill would allow state and local governments to enter into agreements with private vendors to build and operate light rail and roads to help alleviate traffic congestion.
11. Tenn. Attorney General: Parents Can't Give Kids New Last Names
- Tuesday, August 19, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's attorney general says married parents can't invent new last names for their children.
Attorney General Bob Cooper writes in a legal opinion that state law limits the options to the last name of either the father or the mother, or both.
12. Health Care Compact Fails in House Committee
- Wednesday, February 20, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A measure that would allow Tennessee to approach Congress about forming the state's own health care system has failed a second consecutive year after opponents said Tuesday it's unnecessary and could hurt the state's other health initiatives.
13. Freshman Lawmaker: Block Expanded Medicaid in Tennessee
- Monday, January 28, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Freshman state Rep. Jeremy Durham has filed a House bill seeking to block Tennessee from expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.
14. Harwell's Bill Limit Proposal Finds GOP Resistance
- Wednesday, January 9, 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.
15. Lawmakers Send Budget to Governor
- Wednesday, May 2, 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.
16. Tradition of Secret Budget Meetings Alive in Tenn.
- Tuesday, April 24, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers' long tradition of meeting secretly to hash out budget plans is alive and well.
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick confirmed to The Associated Press that key legislators met for several hours at a Nashville restaurant on Sunday to work through budget amendments.
17. Disclosure Requirement Finds Resistance in Tenn. House
- Friday, April 20, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to require local and regional planning commissioners to file interest disclosures with the Tennessee Ethics Commission was met with last-minute resistance in the House on Thursday.
18. Bill to Strip Certain Tenn. Licenses for Bad Loans
- Monday, February 6, 2012
KNOXVILLE (AP) – Teachers and lobbyists would be penalized for defaulting on student loans under legislation headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Charles Sargent of Franklin passed the House 70-24 earlier this week. The companion bill was approved in the Senate 32-1 last year.
19. Tenn. AG Weighs In on Amazon Tax
- Thursday, October 6, 2011
An association of brick-and-mortar retailers says a legal opinion from state Attorney General Bob Cooper should cancel a sales tax exemption for online merchant Amazon.com.
20. Harwell Stops Payment for Some Legislator Travel
- Tuesday, July 26, 2011
NASHVILLE – House Speaker Beth Harwell, who donates her own legislative expense payments to charity, has moved to curtail the expense money other state representatives collect for out-of-state traveling.
21. Tenn. Lawmaker Says Amazon Sales Tax Bill to be Delayed
- Thursday, May 19, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – A Republican state representative from southeastern Tennessee said a legislative leader is withdrawing a bill that would require Amazon.com to collect sales taxes on transactions in Tennessee.
22. Natural Gas Deregulation Bill Delayed for Year
- Wednesday, May 6, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to reduce Tennessee regulatory authority over natural gas prices has failed for the year in a House committee.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Charles Sargent of Franklin was sent to a special study committee after the end of the session.
23. Measure to Ban Local Wage Increases Fails in House
- Wednesday, April 22, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A measure to prohibit local governments in Tennessee from imposing a minimum wage higher than the federal rate has failed in a House subcommittee.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Charles Sargent of Franklin deadlocked on a 3-3 vote along partisan lines in the House Employee Affairs Subcommittee on Tuesday. Bills need the support of a majority of the panel to advance.
24. Tenn. May Use Web to Notify Constitution Changes
- Wednesday, April 8, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution to allow greater restrictions on abortions could for the first time allow the state to notify citizens about a change in the document using government Web sites.