Haslam’s Agenda Having Hard Time in General Assembly

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.

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