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1. UT’s Legislative Spanking Could Have Been Worse
- Thursday, June 02, 2016
In a state where many people bleed orange, the University of Tennessee found itself in an unusual position during the 2016 legislative session: fighting for its life.
The folks representing Rocky Top, typically a sacred cow, had to battle for respect after emails surfaced from UT-Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion urging teachers to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender students and to downplay Christmas during holiday parties.
2. Haves, Have-Nots Get Varied Tax Relief
- Thursday, May 12, 2016
Amid the rancor of bathroom and counseling bills, two major pieces of legislation slipped through the General Assembly this session with hardly a peep – elimination of the Hall tax and a partial revitalization of property tax relief for seniors and disabled veterans.
3. Legislative Losers: All Who Disagree With Legislators
- Thursday, May 05, 2016
The 109th General Assembly is done – almost – for the year. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.
Winner: State budget
Buoyed by $400 million in surplus revenue from fiscal 2015 and $450 million in projected surpluses for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Bill Haslam spread the wealth in a $34.9 billion budget.
4. Tennessee AG to Appeal Recount Order on Abortion Amendment
- Thursday, April 28, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The office of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced on Tuesday that it is going to appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring a recount of a 2014 vote that made it easier to restrict abortions in the state.
5. Can GOP Keep Grasp On Success Ramsey Built?
- Thursday, March 31, 2016
As much as Tennessee Republicans want to put a happy face on the departure of Senate Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, holding it together in the wake of his departure will be an awesome task.
6. Last Word: A Cleansing Breath, Urban Child Three Months In and Sugar In South Main
- Friday, March 25, 2016
Let’s all take a deep cleansing breath, away from the mounds of pollen that are amassing in the Memphis spring.
And resolve, however in vain it might be, that the word de-annexation will not be used in our presence at least until Monday – Tuesday if possible.
7. Randy McNally Announces Bid for Speaker of Tennessee Senate
- Friday, March 25, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Longtime state Sen. Randy McNally plans to run for Senate speaker after this year's elections.
8. Republican Leaders Want McNally to Replace Ramsey
- Tuesday, March 22, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Leading Senate Republicans are discussing plans to make Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge the new lieutenant governor.
9. Tennessee Lawmakers Plan Hearings on VW Emissions Scandal
- Thursday, September 24, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers in Tennessee plan to hold hearings over whether the Volkswagen emissions scandal could imperil the nearly $900 million in state and local incentives that have been directed toward the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga.
10. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape
- Thursday, May 28, 2015
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.
11. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Monday, February 02, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
12. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
13. Haslam Tells Tennessee Agencies to Plan for Cuts
- Wednesday, October 01, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the move comes following a spending year in which revenues fell more than $300 million short of projections, leading the governor to cancel planned raises for state workers and teachers.
14. Bell Plans Hearing Over Chief Justice Complaint
- Friday, June 06, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Two state senators say they plan an inquiry over the handling of a complaint against the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The Tennessean reports Sens. Mike Bell and Randy McNally said on Tuesday that the Senate Government Operations Committee will hold a formal hearing this month into the dismissal of Bell's ethics complaint against Chief Justice Gary Wade.
15. Bill to Make Changes to Hall Tax Fails
- Friday, April 18, 2014
A proposal to make changes to the state's Hall tax has failed this session.
The sponsor of the measure withdrew it from the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday after the committee voted to add an amendment the sponsor felt hurt the legislation.
16. Legislators Eye Lower Lottery Prize Money, Easier Ticket Purchases
- Tuesday, November 01, 2011
NASHVILLE – Some Tennessee legislators are eying a reduction in prize payouts for Tennessee lottery players while letting them buy tickets with debit or credit cards.
The proposals are among ideas that are being floated as a way to generate more money that can be used for college scholarships.
17. Tenn. AG Weighs In on Amazon Tax
- Thursday, October 06, 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.
18. UTHSC Unveils New Pharmacy College
- Thursday, August 25, 2011
For more than a century, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy has served as center of pharmacy education, practice and research in the Mid-South.
And on the eve of UTHSC’s September Centennial Gala, the College of Pharmacy – previously housed in six buildings on the sprawling, urban campus on Madison Avenue – is finally getting a home of its own.
19. APNewsBreak: FBI Probes Never Entangled McWherter
- Tuesday, June 28, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Ned McWherter, one of the most powerful Tennessee Democrats during his quarter century in public life, never got caught up in any of the FBI undercover investigations that pushed another governor out of office early and led to several prison sentences and suicides for others in his party.
20. Traffic Tickets to Cost Tennesseans More
- Monday, June 27, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennesseans could be charged up to nearly $70 more for traffic tickets under a new state law that takes effect next month and is intended to fund crime lab services for law enforcement agencies.
21. Haslam Opposes Legislation to Ax Amazon Tax Break
- Wednesday, May 18, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says it would be "disingenuous" for him to support legislative efforts to kill a special tax break for online retailer Amazon.com.
22. 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.
23. Tenn. Lawmakers Seek to Revive 'Crack Tax'
- Monday, March 15, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are trying to revive a state law taxing illegal drugs that was declared unconstitutional last year.
The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Charles Curtiss of Sparta and Republican Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge would rewrite the law known as the "crack tax" to specifically target drug dealers.
24. Ex-Gov. Winfield Dunn Urges Conservation Funding
- Thursday, February 25, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Gov. Winfield Dunn on Tuesday urged lawmakers to restore money for land conservation in Tennessee.
The Legislature created a fee on real estate transactions to pay for soil conservation and land acquisition in 1991, but the fund has since been raided to pay for other programs when the state faced budget constraints.
25. 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.
26. Bill Would Let Sitting Lawmakers Raise Money
- Thursday, May 14, 2009
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers running for governor could raise campaign money during the legislative session under a bill advanced by a Senate committee on Tuesday.
The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge would also increase maximum campaign contributions by retroactively adjusting for inflation the amounts allowed in a law passed in 1995.
27. Bredesen: Lottery Sales Won't Hurt Scholarships
- Friday, April 24, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen says sliding lottery sales shouldn't affect college scholarships.
The Democratic governor told reporters in Nashville Thursday that the lottery has ample reserves to protect against any students losing their scholarships.
28. Tenn. Coal Industry Agrees to Severance Tax Hike
- Tuesday, February 24, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee roadbuilders and the mining industry are lining up behind a bill to increase the state's severance tax on each ton of coal from 20 cents to $1 over the next four years.
29. Kyle Laments State Budget Shortfall
- Thursday, January 08, 2009
Jim Kyle, a Memphis Democrat who serves as minority leader in the state Senate, said he believes the state’s financial picture is as dire as it’s ever been.
30. School Efficiency Money Earmarked Despite Objections in Legislature
- Friday, May 16, 2008
Legislation seeking to put $100 million into making Tennessee’s schools more energy efficient passed the state Senate Wednesday, despite objections from lawmakers who said the money should go to funding college scholarships.
31. State Sen. Tim Burchett Hospitalized Following Chest Pains
- Friday, May 02, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Tim Burchett has been hospitalized after complaining of chest pains.
Sen. Randy McNally announced on the Senate floor Thursday that the Knoxville Republican had been admitted into Nashville's Baptist Hospital the previous afternoon.
32. State Re-Examines Pension Funds, Terror Links
- Tuesday, April 29, 2008
For a while, at least, it seemed state lawmakers around the country were rushing to wrench away from their state pension funds any investments tied to countries that are regarded as sponsors of terrorism.
33. Vote on Open Records Proposal Delayed in State Senate
- Wednesday, April 23, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to add requirements for open government advocacy groups to disclose more details about their memberships has caused a Senate committee to delay a vote on a bill to expand Tennessee's public records law.
34. House Panel Adds Fees, Notification to Open Records Proposal
- Thursday, April 10, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Larger cities would get more time to respond to public records requests and people would have to pay for any search that takes longer than an hour under changes made to an open records bill in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.
35. Lottery Money Would Be Used To Send Iraq, Other Vets to School
- Friday, March 21, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Members of a Senate lottery subcommittee say they support legislation that would use excess lottery funds to allow honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to attend school.
36. Sunnier Skies Could Be Ahead for Sunshine Law
- Tuesday, March 18, 2008
National Sunshine Week began Sunday as a time to reflect on the value of open government. It also kicked off "March Madness," but Tennesseans soon could have something more to celebrate than the number of teams in a basketball tournament.
37. Senate Compromises On Open Meetings
- Friday, March 07, 2008
A compromise has been reached over proposed changes to the state's open government laws.
A bill advancing in the state Senate now no longer includes any changes to open meetings requirem
38. TN Bill Would Penalize Those who Don't Report Serious Crimes
- Friday, February 22, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would penalize a person for failing to report a crime that causes serious bodily injury or death is advancing in the state Legislature.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, unanimously passed the Senate on Thursday.
39. Lawmakers Began Hearing Open Government Legislation
- Thursday, February 14, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers have begun evaluating proposals to change Tennessee's open government laws.
The measures sponsored by Sen. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, were heard Wednesday by the Senate's Government Operations Committee.
40. A Break for Your Sweet Tooth: A Plan to Cut Sales Tax on Candy
- Wednesday, February 13, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Here's a sweet deal: taxing candy at the same reduced rate as groceries like vegetables and milk.
State Sen. Bo Watson, a Hixson Republican, is sponsoring the measure to tax candy at the 5.5 percent rate levied on most other groceries.
41. Senator Introduces 2 Versions of Open Government Legislation
- Monday, January 28, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - The chairman of a study committee that proposed changes to state laws on open government has introduced two bills in the Legislature.
One has the panel's official recommendations and one removes provisions he disagrees with.
42. Senate Democrats, Republicans Spar on Proposed Abortion Measure
- Thursday, January 24, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Democrats are criticizing several state senate Republicans they say supported abortions under certain circumstances but have changed their stances in a proposal to dial back constitutional protections for abortion rights in Tennessee.
43. Recommended Changes to Open Govt. Laws May Have No Sponsor
- Friday, December 21, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Randy McNally has not decided whether he will sponsor legislation proposing changes to Tennessee's open government laws.
The Oak Ridge Republican chaired the study committee that recommended the changes, but said he has some concerns about a proposal that would allow government officials to meet privately.
44. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, June 28, 2001
Casino gambling No green light for casinos in state, senator says By MARY DANDO The Daily News Compulsive gamblers often resort to illegal activities to pay their debts and to continue gambling and that is one of several casino gambling issues an Ea...