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Roads will continue to go Underfunded in Tennessee “for now”

Shelbyville Republican State Senator Jim Tracy says any plan to hike the state’s fuel tax is dead for now. Tracy Chairs the Senate’s Transportation Committee. he says there’s not enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal before … Continue reading

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New Abortion Laws Temporarily Blocked in TN

A Federal Judge has blocked the State from enforcing new state restrictions on abortion clinics operating in Davidson and Sullivan Counties. The injunction by Judge Kevin Sharp give the clinics more time to meet new regulations required of Abortion Providers … Continue reading

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Guns in Parks Bill

A General Assembly conference committee will meet in an effort to hammer out differences over a controversial bill that would allow permitted gun owners to bring weapons to the State Capitol and Legislative complex. The Senate voted Monday to keep … Continue reading

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Pets Locked in Hot Cars

Good Samaritans using force to free a pet locked in a hot car would be spared liability for damage under legislation expected to be approved by the General Assembly this week. The bill mirrors existing law that holds a rescuer … Continue reading

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Weapon Bans Set to be Nullified

Despite opposition from Governor Bill Haslam and many school systems and city leaders. A bill that would swipe away municipal restrictions on carrying weapons in city parks is expected to sail through the General Assembly this week. Both the House … Continue reading

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General Assembly Reviewing Medicinal Marijuana

Facing a national trend toward relaxing laws concerning Marijuana use, conservative lawmakers in Tennessee’s General Assembly are munching on ideas that could legalize use of the weed for medicinal purposes. A separate proposal would permit use of cannabis oil with … Continue reading

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Common Core Opponents Tested

State lawmakers eager to do away with Common Core education standards may get a chance to put their math skills to the test. An analysis of the plan says dropping common core and developing replacement standards could cost as much … Continue reading

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Attempts to Revive “Insure Tennessee” Useless

Efforts by state Democrats to revive Governor Bill Haslam’s “Insure Tennessee” health insurance expansion won’t go anywhere in the session of the General Assembly. Republican Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey says Haslam’s plan collapsed last week for lack of critical details. … Continue reading

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College Presidents Weigh in on Common Core

Tennessee’s community college presidents are weighing in on the debate over the controversial common core education standards aimed at honing English and Math skills for grade school students. Thirteen presidents including Motlow Community College Chief Dr. Marylou Apple, say higher … Continue reading

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Haslam “Embarrassed” by Fellow Republicans

  Governor Bill Haslam says he’s “embarrassed” that fellow Republicans in the General Assembly rebuffed his plan to expand the state’s TennCare program to include many now without health insurance coverage. Haslam wrangled with federal officials for nearly two years … Continue reading

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