General Assembly Begin Session

Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for the second session for the 109th General Assembly, but their first task is less than ideal.

Lawmakers will consider removing GOP House whip Jeremy Durham from his position.Durham has been in the hot seat since being named in a prescription drug abuse investigation. He ended up not being indicted, but that has not helped his case much with his co-workers.

Of course that is just one of several issues lawmakers will be asked to consider this session. With all 99 House seats and 16 of 33 senators up for re-election this fall, most lawmakers will be looking to wrap up their business quickly so they can concentrate of their campaigns.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam will be looking to bounce back from the failure last year of his signature Insure Tennessee proposal to extend health coverage to more than 280,000 people.

The governor’s agenda is expected to include creating individual boards for each of the six four-year colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

Haslam’s efforts to boost state revenues for road projects face an uncertain fate among lawmakers keeping an eye on election season.

Reporter Cameron Taylor is in Nashville as the general assembly officially reconvenes with the latest updates on WATE 6 On Your Side news and WATE.com.

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