NASHVILLE (AP) — Supporters of school choice say they plan to push for proposals that they argue allow parents to play a stronger role in how their children are educated in the legislative session that begins in January.
6. State's go-to real estate privatization firm gets competition - Friday, December 04, 2015
Amid debate about privatization within state government, legislators are glad to see Tennessee seeking competition in its building leasing program.
“To me, when you’ve got competition, you’ve got people who may do something for next to nothing just to get their foot in the door,” says state Rep. Mike Sparks, who raised questions about the state’s leasing program and contract with Jones Lang Lasalle, which started charging commissions when it got involved in 2012.7. State’s landlords find hidden costs of privatization - Friday, November 13, 2015
Murfreesboro businessman Tom Hyde felt the sting of Tennessee’s privatization practices two years ago when a representative of Jones Lang Lasalle notified him he would have to pay the company a commission as part of his next lease agreement.8. Lawmakers to give school voucher bill another shot - Friday, October 30, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The co-sponsor of a Senate proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee said Monday that lawmakers will try again to pass the measure in the next legislative session — despite failures in the last three.9. Haslam: Outsourcing touted to show fiscal responsibility - Friday, October 16, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that when he touted outsourcing management of state facilities in recent presentations to New York bond-rating agencies, he was showing the state is being fiscally responsible.10. Clinton names 46-member leadership team in Tennessee - Friday, October 09, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has named a 46-member Tennessee leadership team headlined by U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper of Nashville and Steve Cohen of Memphis.11. Tennessee pre-K study: Benefits fade in early elementary grades - Friday, September 25, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he's still supportive of Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program despite a study that shows academic gains made by some of the children enrolled fade in early elementary grades.12. Hooker fights for right to die on his terms - Friday, August 14, 2015
John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.
Known for his flamboyant character, elaborate costumes and a history of running for public office in Tennessee (and never winning), Hooker has a reputation for fighting on and on. Whether it’s in the courtroom, the General Assembly or on the public stage, he has always liked being in the spotlight and being in control.13. Ramsey clear in push to politicize Supreme Court - Friday, August 07, 2015
Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.
In this case, Ramsey elicited criticism for injecting politics where some believe political colors shouldn’t be unfurled.14. Special action on same-sex nuptials a waste of time - Friday, July 10, 2015
With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking “equality.”
Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville says, “Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history.”15. Southern heritage defined differently across Tennessee - Friday, July 03, 2015
Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.16. Tenn. reactions to the US Supreme Court's health care ruling - Friday, June 26, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold health insurance subsidies in states that do not operate their own insurance exchanges means the more than 155,000 Tennesseans who use the subsidies will not lose their health insurance. Here's a look at who is getting subsidies in Tennessee and what Tennesseans are saying about the ruling:17. Tennessee reactions to the US Supreme Court's health care ruling - Friday, June 19, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold health insurance subsidies in states that do not operate their own insurance exchanges means the more than 155,000 Tennesseans who use the subsidies will not lose their health insurance. Here's a look at who is getting subsidies in Tennessee and what Tennesseans are saying about the ruling:18. Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored - Friday, June 26, 2015
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.
“From time to time, it is appropriate for the State of Tennessee to review which Tennesseans are honored and in what location and manner,” states a letter from Ramsey and Harwell, both Republicans, to the commission.19. Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored - Friday, June 19, 2015
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.
“From time to time, it is appropriate for the State of Tennessee to review which Tennesseans are honored and in what location and manner,” states a letter from Ramsey and Harwell, both Republicans, to the commission.20. Feds charge state Rep. Joe Armstrong with fraud, tax evasion - Friday, June 12, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been indicted on federal fraud and tax evasion charges connected to an increase in the state's cigarette tax in 2007.21. State employment policies not great recruiting tools - Friday, June 05, 2015
If job security is your goal, working for the state might not be such a good idea.
Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration offered a voluntary buyout recently to more than 2,000 state employees, a proposal workers had known about since February.22. Tennessee’s most powerful politician - Friday, May 29, 2015
Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.23. Democrats seek return to relevance in Tennessee politics - Friday, May 22, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - For a party once accustomed to dominating state politics, the outlook for Tennessee Democrats is bleak.
Over the past decade, Democrats went from controlling all three branches of state government to giving up GOP supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, losing two governor's races by wide margins and watching as the state Supreme Court appointed the first Republican attorney general since Reconstruction.24. Hooker files lawsuit challenging Tennessee euthanasia law - Friday, May 15, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - John Jay Hooker has worked for Robert F. Kennedy, run for Tennessee governor and now, while facing terminal cancer, hopes to reverse Tennessee's approach to assisted suicides.
The 84-year-old Nashville attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Davidson County Chancery Court against a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person to assist in someone's death, The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1HfTbNn).25. Too much Mr. Nice Guy? Haslam struggles to exert influence - Friday, May 01, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was riding high. He swept all 95 counties in his re-election bid, then his peers picked him to be chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
But that momentum came to a crashing halt just days into a special legislative session he called in February, when lawmakers unceremoniously rejected Haslam's signature proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.26. Haslam to decide this week on Tennessee guns-in-parks bill - Friday, April 24, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he will decide this week whether to sign a bill to allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks near schools.
The bill would allow permit holders to be armed in any state park - including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields.27. Tennessee school voucher proposal fails again - Friday, April 17, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that would let parents move a child from a failing public school in Tennessee to a private school with funding from the state has failed this year - for the third consecutive Tennessee General Assembly session.28. Tennessee school voucher bill approaching key committee - Friday, April 17, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - A state school voucher proposal that failed in the last two Tennessee General Assembly sessions is gaining support as it approaches a key committee in the final days of this year's legislative session.29. Fitzhugh honored by Tenn. Development District Association - Friday, April 10, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley has received the "Legislator of the Year" award from the Tennessee Development District Association.30. GOP leader: 1-time school use enough to ban guns in parks - Friday, April 03, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - A top Republican supporter of a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar handgun carry permit holders from being armed in parks, playgrounds and ball fields said Thursday that even if a school uses a park, playground or ball field for just one event per year, that would enable the school to ban guns there.31. Is ‘getting rid of public schools’ Legislature’s goal? - Friday, March 27, 2015
Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.
A group from Shelby County recently packed a House committee meeting room at the Legislative Plaza in an effort to turn back bills they consider damaging to their profession and the future of public education.32. Bill seeks to strengthen academic standards review process - Friday, March 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that seeks to strengthen the governor's review process of the state's academic standards is raising questions about whether an additional recommendation committee is necessary, and who will be on it.33. Tennessee school voucher bill headed for full Senate vote - Friday, March 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he's taking his time moving it through the legislative process after it failed in the last two legislative sessions.34. Eliminating Hall income tax raises new problems - Friday, March 06, 2015
Republican lawmakers are lining up legislation to reduce or phase out Tennessee’s Hall income tax on investments, even though Gov. Bill Haslam is concerned about losing revenue amid the state’s economic ups and downs.35. Bid to block health exchange in Tennessee seen as 'overkill' - Friday, February 27, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.36. Kelsey’s new voucher plan looks a lot like Haslam’s - Friday, February 27, 2015
Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.
But it is hardly etched in stone.37. Haslam wary of gas tax hike after ‘Insure’ loss - Friday, February 20, 2015
Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.
After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.38. Common Core is working – so let's kill it - Friday, February 13, 2015
Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.39. Reaction to the defeat of Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal - Friday, January 30, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Reactions to the defeat of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income residents:
"We still have health care cost issues that haven't gone away, so I don't know what the next step looks like. But I think people elected us to answer problems and to come here to make a difference. And we've got to figure out a way to do that." - Gov. Bill Haslam.40. 5 lawmakers to watch in Insure Tennessee special session - Friday, January 30, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — As Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal to cover 280,000 low-income people heads into a special legislative session Monday, here are five lawmakers who are playing key roles in the debate.41. Both sides dig in for Insure Tennessee special session - Friday, January 30, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.42. A country drowning in student loan debt - Friday, January 30, 2015
Three and a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.43. House, Senate at odds over who goes first on Medicaid plan - Friday, January 16, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are at odds about who should go first on taking up Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.44. Haslam: All Dems will be needed to pass Tennessee Medicaid deal - Friday, January 02, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says long-awaited details on his Medicaid expansion proposal should be released "within 24 hours" and that he expects to need the votes of all Democrats in the GOP-controlled Legislature to give the deal a chance of passage.45. New Tennessee laws include insulin training for school staff - Friday, December 26, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A new Tennessee law will allow trained school personnel to administer insulin. It's just one of many new laws taking effect on Thursday.
Tennessee is now one of more than 20 states and the District of Columbia that have passed laws adding insulin to medications that school staff may volunteer to be trained to administer, according to the American Diabetes Association.46. Haslam names Lipscomb's McQueen new education commissioner - Friday, December 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday named a top education official at Lipscomb University to be the next Education Department commissioner.
The Republican governor announced Wednesday that Candice McQueen will replace Kevin Huffman, who was heavily criticized during an overhaul of the state's education system. He announced last month that he was leaving for the private sector.47. Response to Gov. Haslam's proposed Medicaid deal - Friday, December 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Reaction to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee:
"When a state has an opportunity to take power away from the federal government and institute real conservative reform, that is an opportunity that must be taken seriously. Governor Haslam has negotiated a deal which returns tax dollars back to Tennessee while using conservative principles to bring health insurance to more Tennesseans." - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville.48. House Dems elect Fitzhugh, Stewart to leadership - Friday, November 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - House Democrats have re-elected Rep. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley as minority leader and named Rep. Mike Stewart of Nashville as caucus chairman.49. Haslam questions high jobless rate in Tennessee - Friday, October 03, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is questioning why Tennessee's unemployment rate remains well above the national level when other statistics indicate the state's jobs picture should be improving.50. New chief justice echoes Haslam mantra on review - Friday, September 19, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - First, the state Supreme Court hired Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser as Tennessee's next attorney general. Now the high court's new chief justice is also adopting the Republican governor's rhetoric.51. Tennessee Supreme Court names Slatery as attorney general - Friday, September 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Supreme Court on Monday named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.
The announcement came in the aftermath of a failed campaign led by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member court. That effort focused heavily on incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper's refusal to take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care law.52. Coverage gap leaves Tennessee hospitals on life support - Friday, September 12, 2014
Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.53. Democrat Ball names Senate campaign leadership - Friday, August 22, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball has named the leadership of his campaign team for his challenge to Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander.54. Haslam signs bill seeking to end book shredding - Friday, April 18, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law to ban the shredding of Imagine Library books delivered to the incorrect addresses.
The governor's office announced Tuesday that Haslam signed the measure sponsored by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley and fellow Democratic Sen. Lowe Finney of Jackson last week.55. Democrats bemoan lack of Medicaid expansion - Friday, April 18, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - House Democratic leaders said Tuesday that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision not to expand Medicaid in Tennessee eclipses his signature plan to cover tuition at two-year colleges.56. Lawmakers pass Haslam free tuition plan - Friday, April 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.57. Lawmakers approve $32.4B spending plan - Friday, April 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July after failed attempts to increase the pay of teachers and state employees.58. $300M for VW union fight, nothing for teachers - Friday, April 11, 2014
In February, Gov. Bill Haslam stood in front of a joint session of the General Assembly to deliver his annual State of the State address, proclaiming the state has “set a goal to be the fastest-growing state in the country when it comes to paying our teachers, so more than $63 million is included [in the budget] for teacher salaries.”59. State employees, teachers won't get pay increase - Friday, March 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.60. Democrat Fitzhugh won't run for Tennessee governor - Friday, March 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh has announced he will run for re-election to his House seat this year rather than making a bid for governor.61. Tennessee House votes to delay Common Core standards - Friday, March 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to delay further implementation of the state's Common Core standards was approved in the House on Thursday, even though Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has called them key to Tennessee students' improvement.62. Turner talks retirement, possible mayoral run - Friday, March 14, 2014
State Representative and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.
He served for 14 years, representing District 51, including parts of Old Hickory, Madison, East Nashville, downtown Nashville and Germantown.63. School voucher bill advances in House - Friday, February 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is advancing in the House despite concerns from some lawmakers that the legislation would be detrimental to public schools.64. State Rep. Mike Turner retiring after 14 years - Friday, February 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said Thursday that he will not seek re-election because he wants to spend more time with his family and explore a run for Nashville mayor.65. Haslam asks feds for Medicaid counterproposal - Friday, February 21, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to make a counterproposal to Tennessee's efforts to carve out a special deal for Medicaid expansion.66. Lawmakers seek compromise on school voucher bill - Friday, February 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers trying to decide on a limited school voucher program in Tennessee or a broader one say they're close to reaching an agreement on legislation.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville is carrying a proposal for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam that's limited to students from low-income families attending the bottom 5 percent of failing schools. He had that measure withdrawn last year when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.67. Haslam to bring back school voucher bill - Friday, January 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday he will support a school voucher bill this legislative session that's similar to a limited measure he proposed last year, even though other GOP lawmakers say they'd like to see something a little broader.68. VU poll: Majority in Tennessee want Medicaid expansion - Friday, December 06, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Three in five Tennesseans support expanding Medicaid, though nearly half also have a negative view of the federal health care law, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Wednesday.69. State Rep. Charles Curtiss not seeking re-election - Friday, October 04, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Charles Curtiss says he will not seek re-election. The 66-year-old Sparta Democrat didn't give a specific reason for his decision but said Wednesday he wanted to give candidates considering running for his District 43 seat plenty of time to plan.70. Haslam pledges to increase Tennessee teacher salaries - Friday, October 04, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pledged Thursday to improve the salaries of the state's teachers amid criticism of his education commissioner who has proposed changes that include tying teacher licenses to student test data.71. Longtime Tennessee lawmaker Lois DeBerry remembered - Friday, July 26, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, one of the longest serving female lawmakers in the nation and a powerful influence in state politics, died Sunday after a nearly five-year bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.72. Tennessee lawmaker to propose tuition freeze - Friday, July 19, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says he wants to freeze tuition at Tennessee's colleges and universities despite criticism from education officials that such a proposal would eliminate funds needed to sustain essential programs and basic operation.73. Haslam defends education commissioner under fire - Friday, July 05, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday reiterated his support for the state's education commissioner, who has come under fire for changes to how teachers are paid.
At least two Facebook pages have been created calling for Kevin Huffman's ouster as well as an online petition that has garnered hundreds of signatures.74. Tennessee's new teacher salary plan raises ire - Friday, July 05, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — A decision by the state Board of Education to change how teachers are paid has led to a social media push to remove Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.75. New labor chief says job searches should be easier - Friday, June 14, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state labor chief says cutting services at state jobless service centers shouldn't make it harder for out-of-work Tennesseans to find jobs.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/13NyR50), Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips told the legislative Fiscal Review Committee last week that coming changes should make it easier to search for jobs.
76. Wins, losses despite GOP supermajority - Friday, May 03, 2013
Smaller government and lower taxes were the watchwords of Republican leaders as they began this session of the state legislature in January.
With lopsided majorities in both the state House and Senate, the Republicans could do pretty much whatever they wanted.77. Measure to let cities form school systems advances - Friday, April 12, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would clear the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems is needed to continue education reform in Tennessee, proponents of the measure said Monday.78. House approves changes to injured workers' claims - Friday, April 12, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — After defeating several attempts by Democrats to dial back the proposal, the House on Thursday approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to change the way the state considers injured workers' claims.79. House approves changes to injured workers' claims - Friday, April 05, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The House has approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to change the way the state considers injured workers' claims after defeating several attempts by Democrats to dial back the proposal.80. Legislature’s legacy: Fixing things that ‘aren’t broken’ - Friday, April 12, 2013
As the state legislature moves toward completion, state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) offers his assessment:
“This is no way to govern.”
Fitzhugh, the House minority leader, says the Republican-controlled legislature has needlessly rushed through its business without due deliberation.81. Haslam voucher bill dead this session - Friday, March 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican leader carrying Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create school vouchers in Tennessee said he's decided to let it die this session because he's tired of the "gamesmanship."82. Senate to vote on changes to injured workers fund - Friday, March 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that seeks to change the way injured workers' claims are considered in Tennessee say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process.83. House OKs bill to require proof of immunization - Friday, March 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The mother of a Middle Tennessee State University freshman who died after contracting meningitis says she hopes legislation headed to the governor for his likely signature will prevent the deaths of other college students.84. House OKs bill to require proof of immunization - Friday, March 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The mother of a Middle Tennessee State University freshman who died after contracting meningitis says she hopes legislation headed to the governor will prevent the deaths of other college students.85. Haslam begs off Medicaid expansion millions - Friday, March 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that a breakdown in negotiations with the federal government means that he won't expand the state's Medicaid program, a decision that will cost Tennessee billions of dollars in federal money and keep 140,000 uninsured Tennesseans from obtaining free coverage.86. Echoes of TennCare feed state Medicaid misgivings - Friday, March 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Proponents of expanding Medicaid in Tennessee say the financial support from Washington is a deal too good to pass up — federal funding for 100 percent of the expansion costs for three years and at least a 90 percent match after that.87. Youth concussion policy bill headed to governor - Friday, March 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Coaches and school athletic directors would be required to complete a concussion safety education course under legislation that's headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure, which would require schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies, was overwhelmingly approved 93-3 in the House on Thursday. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 last month.88. Concussion policy bill headed to governor - Friday, March 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Coaches and school athletic directors would be required to complete a concussion safety education course under legislation that's headed to the governor for his consideration
The measure, which would require schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies, was overwhelmingly approved 93-3 in the House on Thursday. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 last month.89. Bill to require proof of immunization advancing - Friday, March 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof of immunization against meningitis is advancing in the House.
The measure sponsored by Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Jackson passed the House Government Operations Committee on Tuesday and is headed to the House floor. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 earlier this month.90. Haslam 'likely' to sign parking lot guns bill - Friday, March 01, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is likely to sign into law a bill to allow the state's nearly 400,000 handgun carry permit holders to store firearms in their cars no matter where they are parked, a spokesman said Thursday.91. House sends parking-lot guns bill to governor - Friday, March 01, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The House on Thursday voted to send to the governor a contentious bill that would allow the state's nearly 400,000 handgun carry permit holders to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.92. Bill to require proof of immunization - Friday, February 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof of immunization against meningitis is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday.93. Concussion policy bill to be heard in Senate - Friday, February 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - As the nation continues to debate increasing safety in contact sports, Tennessee lawmakers are looking at legislation that would require schools and other organizations conducting youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies.94. Voucher plan is gearing up in Tennessee Legislature - Friday, February 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tiffany Clay says she wants to give her sons the best education possible, and that's why the Memphis mother favors a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.95. Analysis: Gun bill is 1 GOP wishes would go away - Friday, February 08, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The guns bill that Tennessee lawmakers wish would just go away is up for its first floor vote today.
The measure to allow people with state-issued handgun carry permits to store loaded firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked is once again putting the squeeze on Republicans torn between their allegiances to gun advocates and businesses interests.96. Haslam may not be given choice on Medicaid growth - Friday, February 01, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam wants more answers from the federal government before he decides whether Tennessee should expand its Medicaid rolls as part of the national health care overhaul. But his Republican colleagues in the Legislature may not let him get to that point.97. Haslam budget proposal includes DCS staff shake-up - Friday, January 25, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday presented a $32.7 billion annual spending plan to lawmakers that includes a staffing shake-up at the troubled Department of Children's Services, a heavy investment in construction projects around the state and a large deposit into the state's cash savings fund.98. Fitzhugh mulls longshot gubernatorial bid - Friday, December 14, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is mulling a gubernatorial bid in 2014, but the Ripley Democrat says it's not because he believes he can defeat Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.99. House Democrats keep top leadership in place - Friday, December 07, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — House Democrats and Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to keep their top leadership in place.
Democratic Rep. Mike Turner of Nashville overcame a challenge from Rep. Johnny Shaw of Bolivar to maintain his chairman seat, and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley was re-elected as minority leader without opposition.100. Haslam says no to state health insurance exchange - Friday, December 07, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that Tennessee will not create a state-run health insurance exchange, but the Republican governor said he remains undecided about whether to expand Medicaid.