Gov. Bill Haslam’s agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.
A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor’s wishes. The GOP supermajority in the Legislature this session has also:
— Ignored Haslam’s concerns over a bill to strip local governments of the power to impose blanket gun bans in local parks, playgrounds and ballparks.
— Pushed the governor’s anti-meth proposal to the brink of failure because of a disagreement about how many cold and allergy medicines used to make the illegal drug should be allowed to be bought without a prescription.
— Required House Speaker Beth Harwell to directly intervene to rescue Haslam’s proposal to create a limited school voucher program.
— Shown little urgency in enacting the governor’s signature proposal to offer free community college tuition to all high school graduates.
With as little as a month remaining in this year’s legislative session, time is running out for the Haslam administration to right the ship.