Among the recommendations is to provide specialized treatment for mothers with addictions to painkillers. This comes months after the governor signed a bill that criminalizes pregnant women who harm their fetus by illegally using drugs without getting treatment.
A few dozen United Methodist clergy held a prayer vigil near the Capitol Tuesday. They were protesting Governor Haslam's signing of law legalizing the electric chair as a backup to lethal injection.
Gov. Bill Haslam signed this bill into law today — for the seventh time. He's been holding ceremonies around the state to talk about the push for more college graduates. The legislation will let any Tennessee resident attend community college for free.
Governor Bill Haslam says he doesn’t expect any more departures from his cabinet, following the resignation of Steve Cates. The General Services commissioner is the fifth person to leave the administration since February.
A number of broadly supported proposals have failed to make it past Tuesday’s legislative hearings. As the self-imposed cutoff for the 2013 legislative session approaches this month, many bills lacking overwhelming support are being stopped in their tracks or put off until next year. (more…)
The Tennessee attorney general says legislation that would take away Vanderbilt University’s right to have a police force is “questionably suspect.”
Republican lawmakers are second-guessing a $5 million venture by Governor Bill Haslam to create an online university for Tennesseans. Haslam introduced the proposal to bring a branch of Western Governor’s University to Tennessee during his State of the State address in January.
Governor Bill Haslam continues to defend the Department of Children’s Services for its refusal to release certain case files last year. The agency is now under a court order to hand over the information.
Tennessee’s governor laid out a budget proposal last night that’s primarily filled with moderate investments here and there. Most of the state’s added revenue will be taken up by rising costs in health care and education. But Governor Bill Haslam did propose a small raise for state workers and an injection of cash for the Rainy Day fund.
Governor Bill Haslam devoted roughly a third of this year's State of the State to education, and he wasn’t just talking about children. But the speech did not flesh out any details of how a school voucher program would work in Tennessee.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says now is not the time to expand the state’s Medicaid program. But in his State of the State address Monday night, Haslam did not close the door to opening up Tenncare in the future.
More than half of Democrats like the job Bill Haslam is doing as Governor. A new poll from MTSU also shows the governor getting high marks among independents. Haslam wins support from 54 % of Democrats. With Independents, it’s 76 %.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses would like Tennessee to join the 27 states that don’t impose an inheritance tax. The group is happy, however, with Governor Haslam’s plan to make gradual cuts
Tennessee consistently ranks near the bottom of the nation in both the health of the state’s residents and educational achievements. In the last few years, state leaders have changed the way schools work, in hopes of getting better results. Now, Governor Bill Haslam wants to take a similar approach to health care.
Governor Bill Haslam called home today from Kuwait, where he and three other governors are touring military facilities. The trip to the Middle East was unannounced, and Haslam said he couldn’t say exactly which bases he’s visiting.
Governor Bill Haslam says he’s ready to talk with Amazon about any further investments in Tennessee, now that the state legislature has put off its discussion of whether the internet retailer has to collect sales tax.
Governor Bill Haslam is committing ten million dollars of the state’s portion of Race to the Top funds to rapidly expand charter schools.
Governor Bill Haslam's first State of the State speech comes at a difficult time for Tennessee: unemployment is on the rise and federal stimulus money is gone. WPLN's State Capitol Correspondent Joe White joins Jacqueline Fellows for a preview of the Governor's speech.
Tennessee’s teachers could be in for some big changes under bills sponsored by Republicans. The party may be banking on their new majorities, but State Capitol correspondent Joe White tells WPLN's Jacqueline Fellows Tennessee’s Republican Governor, Bill Haslam, is putting the brakes on at least one proposal.