If the House also approves the bill, carry permits would be needed only for concealed weapons.
The bill passed the House 63 to 27, with little debate, marking a distinct shift from a few years ago, when lawmakers called such young people “anchor babies” and sought to make Tennessee a less welcoming place for undocumented immigrants.
The 87-year-old took a moment to dwell on his last contribution to Tennessee law.
A proposal to let for-profit companies manage Tennessee charter schools is headed for floor votes in both the state House and Senate, after the measure scraped by in a committee Tuesday on an 8 to 7 vote.
Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee’s tax revenues have continued to sag below projections, and while he expects to avoid layoffs, the shortfall will scuttle planned pay raises for state workers, as well as teachers.
Governor Bill Haslam’s latest budget proposal could be in for a rough ride before it gets approval from state lawmakers, if Monday night was any indicator, as representatives voiced frustration with Haslam’s latest plan.
Two policies set last summer by Tennessee’s board of education are now being revisited by state lawmakers: how teachers can keep (or lose) their licenses, and how their salary is determined.
Governor Bill Haslam will have to run it by lawmakers, if he settles on a plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. That’s the requirement laid out in a bill that has now passed both chambers of the state legislature.
The move to bar the Amp’s use of a dedicated center lane, jeopardizing crucial federal funding for the project, passed 27 to 4, with backing from several Nashville senators.
The governor’s school vouchers proposal is back in gear in the state Senate. The bill had stalled amid confusion over which students it would affect, and where in Tennessee.
State lawmakers congratulated each other Wednesday on a compromise to limit the sale of cold medicine used to make meth. The bill is not as tough as Governor Bill Haslam’s original proposal—itself derided by some as a half-measure.
State lawmakers killed a proposal Tuesday to allow medical marijuana. But a bill moved forward that would permit a limited study of medical uses for cannabis oil.
Haslam is trying to win over skeptical legislators, and asking for help from business leaders.
Tennessee senators drew a line Monday, over the cost of college for students whose parents are undocumented immigrants. The Senate voted to let those born in the U.S. pay in-state rates—but sidelined a proposal to help undocumented students born elsewhere.
New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics make Tennessee the top spot for making $7.25 an hour.
There’s a seeming paranoia in the state legislature this spring: Committee chairmen want reassurances—guarantees, even—before they sign off on proposals.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker sees at least one good outcome from the Affordable Care Act. He says employers should be able to stop providing health insurance to workers.
Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey is looking to keep his options open, in case lawmakers want to override a veto from Governor Bill Haslam. Ramsey wants to schedule a special veto override session, just in case.
The state school board could soon get the power to sign off on new charter schools, if a local district refuses. The state Senate signed off Thursday on the proposal, sought by Nashville’s top lawmaker, House Speaker Beth Harwell.
State senators are weighing how tough a law they can realistically hope to pass targeting meth. They want to make it harder to get the drug’s key ingredient—the cold medicine pseudoephedrine.