The Amp Isn’t Dead, But It Will Have To Come Back To The Legislature

The Amp Isn’t Dead, But It Will Have To Come Back To The Legislature
House Speaker Beth Harwell, who's no fan of the current design for the Amp near her West End district, is skeptical of its chances of getting state funding on top of Metro and federal dollars. (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

State lawmakers are effectively reserving the right to veto Nashville’s proposed bus rapid transit proposal, known as the Amp. The bill now on its way to the governor ensures one way or another, the legislature will revisit the issue.

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Lawmakers Settle On Meth Bill At Twice The Governor’s Proposed Limits

Lawmakers Settle On Meth Bill At Twice The Governor’s Proposed Limits
Gov. Bill Haslam (center) preferred lower limits on pseudoephedrine sales, but said "we're grateful that a bill got passed, and now we'll put that into practice and we hope it makes a real difference." (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Tennesseans will face a new limit on how much cold and allergy medicine they can buy containing pseudoephedrine, which is used to cook meth.

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Potential Amp Compromise—With Governor’s Input—Wouldn’t Block Bus Proposal… Yet

Potential Amp Compromise—With Governor’s Input—Wouldn’t Block Bus Proposal… Yet
State lawmakers have been torn over how involved to get, with some pushing to scuttle the $175M bus proposal altogether. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean had floated the idea last year of asking for some $35M from the state, on top of Metro and federal dollars. (Photo: Taber Andrew Brain/flickr)

With the state legislature just short of finishing a bill targeting Nashville’s high profile-bus proposal, known as the Amp, and session poised to end Thursday, a potential compromise has emerged from talks with lawmakers and the governor’s office.

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Amid GOP Rifts Over Guns And Vouchers, Democrats Claim Small Victories

Amid GOP Rifts Over Guns And Vouchers, Democrats Claim Small Victories
House Democratic Leader Craigh Fitzhugh (center) and Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (right) say to gain ground they have to capitalize on rifts in the GOP supermajority. (Photo courtesy Sean Braisted)

Democrats are claiming victory for a series of legislative misfires over the last two days, pointing to the demise of a pair of controversial gun bills as well as a hard-fought school vouchers plan. But the bills’ failures may have as much to do with Republican infighting.

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Scratch One For Common Core Skeptics: Deal May Delay Statewide Test

Scratch One For Common Core Skeptics: Deal May Delay Statewide Test
"We have the (Common Core) standards, but the implementation and the testing are still concerns," Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris told reporters Thursday. "A lot has been passed this year that deals with concerns we had about Common Core - not the standards, but curriculum, and data mining, and all those issues - and I think when the dust settles and people have a chance to look back and focus on some of these pretty voluminous bills, they'll see that we addressed a lot of the concerns that the public had about 'Common Core,' quote unquote, in general." (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

A push to delay the test, known as the PARCC, set to start next school year, has been a flashpoint in the state legislature this spring.

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Where Will Tennessee Lawmakers Draw The Line On Pseudoephedrine?

Where Will Tennessee Lawmakers Draw The Line On Pseudoephedrine?
State law enforcers see limiting supplies of allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine as a way to cut the number of meth labs in Tennessee. But pharmaceutical interests are opposed, saying doing so will unfairly punish people with allergies, while doing nothing to curb demand for methamphetamine. (Photo: Nathaneal Hevelone/flickr)

A hard-fought compromise to restrict the allergy medicine used to make meth passed the state House Wednesday. It’s not as tough as what the Senate or the governor would like, but a more restrictive version could still ultimately get through.

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