The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.
4. AG election measure fails again in Senate - Friday, March 21, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state's attorney general has failed again in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was defeated 16-15 on Thursday after failing to get a majority of 17 votes. It failed to pass 15-14 last month.5. AG election measure fails again in Senate - Friday, March 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state's attorney general has failed again in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was defeated 16-15 on Thursday after failing to get a majority of 17 votes. It failed to pass 15-14 last month.6. Senators consider swinging support to AG election - Friday, March 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he may swing his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state's attorney general.7. Senate defeats proposal to elect attorney general - Friday, January 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received 15 votes in favor and 14 votes against. Proposals need at least 17 votes - a majority of the 33-member chamber - to pass.8. Senate delays vote on latest AG election proposal - Friday, January 24, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate has put off a vote about a proposal seeking to change the way Tennessee's attorney general gains office.
Under a proposed constitutional amendment sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet, the attorney general would stand for popular election rather than being appointed by the state Supreme Court.9. Bill seeks to ban federal health care law - Friday, January 10, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Republicans have filed legislation to resist implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law in Tennessee.
Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon held a news conference on Wednesday to announce the measure that seeks to prohibit any cooperation by the state or its agencies in implementing or administering the federal law.10. Full Senate to vote on latest AG election proposal - Friday, January 10, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate is taking another run at changing the way Tennessee's attorney general gains office.
Under a proposed constitutional amendment advanced to a full Senate vote Tuesday, the attorney general would stand for popular election rather than being appointed by the state Supreme Court.11. Sen. Beavers' Freedom PAC corrects registration - Friday, September 20, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Mae Beavers' political action committee has corrected its registration filing with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance in advance of a major fundraiser next week.12. States consider regulation of drones in US skies - Friday, August 02, 2013
CINCINNATI (AP) — Thousands of civilian drones are expected in U.S. skies within a few years and concerns they could be used to spy on Americans are fueling legislative efforts in several states to regulate the unmanned aircraft.13. AG lays out rules for blue lights in funerals - Friday, July 05, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A legal opinion issued by the state Attorney General Bob Cooper outlines exactly when it's legal for blue flashing lights to be used as part of a funeral procession in Tennessee.14. Governor signs ignition interlock bill - Friday, May 17, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's ignition interlock law will apply to more drunken drivers under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15 percent.15. Governor signs ignition interlock bill - Friday, May 10, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's ignition interlock law will apply to more drunken drivers under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15 percent.16. Republicans push amendments to reshape constitution - Friday, May 03, 2013
The Tennessee Constitution is designed to be difficult to change.
But that doesn’t stop legislators from trying.
More than a dozen constitutional amendments were introduced by lawmakers at the just-completed session of the state legislature.17. Bill to change selection of Tenn. AG passes Senate - Friday, April 12, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to select the state attorney general passed the Senate on Wednesday, even though opponents argue there's no need to change the current process.18. Lawmakers pass bill for more ignition interlocks - Friday, April 12, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to make Tennessee's ignition interlock law apply to more drunken drivers has cleared the Legislature.
The measure was unanimously approved 95-0 in the House on Tuesday before passing the Senate 31-0, sending it to the governor for consideration.19. Analysis of lawmaker expenses killed in House - Friday, March 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A resolution calling for a comprehensive study of lawmaker allowances has been killed in a House committee after unanimously passing the Senate.
Republican state Rep. Curry Todd made the motion in the House State Government Committee on Tuesday to delay consideration of the measure until after the Legislature adjourns next year.20. Senate panel OKs college nondiscrimination ban - Friday, March 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that seeks to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is advancing in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved unanimously 9-0 by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The companion bill passed the House 75-21 earlier this week.21. Senator's traffic stop part of VU police debate - Friday, March 01, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The effort to strip Vanderbilt University of its police force over a nondiscrimination policy for student groups has brought up a traffic stop involving the chairwoman of the Senate committee handling the bill, but the lawmaker says she doesn't know why the incident has become part of the debate.22. GOP lawmakers seek to back away from 'fringe' - Friday, March 01, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Before a House vote to give final approval to a contentious firearms bill last week, Speaker Beth Harwell implored her Republican colleagues to ignore demands from what she deemed "fringe" groups to make major changes to the measure.23. Senate rejects ban on feds enforcing gun laws - Friday, February 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill seeking to make it a crime to enforce federal firearms laws in Tennessee has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received a 4-4 vote on the panel Wednesday. Bills must earn a majority to advance.24. Senate approves judicial selection amendment - Friday, February 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to refuse the governor's appointments to appeals courts in Tennessee.
The chamber voted 29-2 in favor of the resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. If the measure passes the House by a two-thirds margin, it will go on the ballot in next year's general election.25. AG: Student group law constitutionally suspect - Friday, January 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state attorney general's office says a vetoed bill that took aim at Vanderbilt University's treatment of religious student groups is "constitutionally suspect."
The proposal was the result of a controversy that flared up after a gay Vanderbilt student was thrown out of a Christian fraternity. That caused the school to begin more strictly enforcing its "all-comers" policy. Vanderbilt's policy requires its student groups to allow any student to become a member and hold office, regardless of the student's beliefs.26. Committee shakeups seen as bad omen for wine-in-groceries proponents - Friday, January 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Thursday replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while some opponents of a proposal to allow wine sales in grocery stores lauded committee assignments in the lower chamber.27. Top chairwoman out in Senate committee shakeup - Friday, January 04, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while assignments to House panels have cast doubt on the prospects of the latest effort to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores.28. Maggart loses state House GOP primary to NRA pick - Friday, August 03, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart lost her state House primary Thursday to a retired Air Force officer backed by the National Rifle Association.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting Thursday night, Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers had 3,392 votes, or 58 percent, compared with Maggart's 2,421 votes, or 42 percent.29. Archived Article - Friday, April 27, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will veto a measure that tried to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious groups from its nondiscrimination policy. It was his first veto since taking office in 2010.30. Health care compact falls short in House - Friday, April 27, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would allow Tennessee to join an interstate compact challenging the federal health care law failed in the House on Tuesday after about 28 members were either absent or abstained on the vote.31. House, Senate OK bill targeting Vanderbilt policy - Friday, April 27, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill seeking to rescind Vanderbilt University's "all-comers" policy, which requires school groups to allow any interested students to join and run for office.32. College groups legislation passes Senate 19-12 - Friday, April 27, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Groups at privately run Vanderbilt University and public colleges and universities could refuse to accept individuals who don't share their beliefs under a proposal that has passed the Senate despite criticism that the Legislature is being intrusive.33. Bill to include embryo as human in assault - Friday, April 20, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — The embryo of a pregnant woman who is assaulted would also be a victim under a proposal that's headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved 28-2 in the Senate on Monday evening. The companion bill passed the House 80-18 last week.34. New discipline panel to have more accountability - Friday, April 13, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is about to adopt a new method for disciplining judges that supporters say contains more accountability and should help restore the public's faith in the judicial system.35. Guns in parking lots measure sent for Senate vote - Friday, March 23, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - A measure to eliminate the rights of businesses, schools and universities to bar employees from storing firearms in parked vehicles is headed for a full Senate vote.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday to advance the bill after Chairwoman Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, refused a request to hear from representatives of FedEx Corp. or other large employers that oppose the bill.36. Bill to strip courts' power to block laws dropped - Friday, January 20, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — The sponsor of a proposal to strip state courts of the power to block laws enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly quietly withdrew the bill on Monday after receiving heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle.37. GOP proposals take aim at Tenn. courts - Friday, January 20, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republicans in the Tennessee Legislature are considering several changes to the judiciary branch, with proposals ranging from how judges are appointed and disciplined to whether the courts should even have the power to overturn laws.38. Emails show effort to avoid gay link in Tenn. bill - Friday, November 11, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) - The main lobbyist for a state law that overruled local protections for gay and lesbian workers led an orchestrated effort to portray the bill as being about best business practices rather than opposition to homosexuality.39. More documents sought in anti-discrimination case - Friday, October 28, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers trying to quash subpoenas seeking information that might reveal details about why they voted for a measure that overturned Nashville's anti-discrimination ordinance have released 2,200 documents, but plaintiffs' attorneys said Monday they aren't satisfied.40. Casada finds friends, foes with his ability to ‘articulate a ‘no’’ - Friday, October 28, 2011
Credit his friends – and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan – with starting state Rep. Glen Casada on the road to public service.41. Representative hopes to turn back state law - Friday, October 14, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) — A state representative from Nashville hopes to overturn a state statute that nullified the city's ordinance extending a ban on gay discrimination to contractors who did city work.
Rep. Brenda Gilmore said the statute Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law in June amounts to state interference with local government, according to The Tennessean (http://bit.ly/o0PcLm ). The Democratic lawmaker said the new statute circumvents the city values and commitment not to discriminate against anyone.42. Beavers builds case around conduct of Tennessee judges - Friday, October 07, 2011
It took a budget shortfall in the Wilson County school system and her husband knocking on doors to get Mae Beavers elected the first time.43. Lawmakers propose changes to judiciary court - Friday, September 16, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to move forward with proposed changes to the commission that disciplines Tennessee judges.
Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet led two hearings this week concerning the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary.44. Lawmakers scrutinize Judiciary Court once again - Friday, August 26, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) — A state legislative committee is planning to meet once again to scrutinize the commission that disciplines Tennessee judges.
The Tennessean reports Sen. Mae Beavers, a Mt. Juliet Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will lead the hearings next month concerning the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary.45. Senate passes 'Health Freedom Act' - Friday, February 18, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would allow Tennesseans to opt out of the federal health care law despite opposition from some who say the proposal is unnecessary and pure politics.