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VOL. 124 | NO. 231 | Tuesday, November 24, 2009

House Speaker Says No Consensus on Special Session

The Associated Press

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - House Speaker Kent Williams says there's no consensus among lawmakers about whether to call a special legislative session next month to delay a workers compensation law.

Williams wrote in an e-mail to lawmakers on Monday that his impression is that some lawmakers would prefer to wait until the January session to address the law.

The law requiring workers compensation coverage for most sole proprietors in the construction industry was passed in 2008 and is set to take effect Dec. 31. The measure was sponsored by House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower of Bristol and Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro.

The last time the Legislature was called into special session was in 2006 to take up a sweeping ethics reform package in the aftermath of the FBI's Tennessee Waltz bribery sting.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 91 135 781
MORTGAGES 110 170 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 30 43 178
BUILDING PERMITS 133 290 1,948
BANKRUPTCIES 58 105 507
BUSINESS LICENSES 37 88 388
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 55 235
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 24 105