Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says one can argue the prescription requirement either way. Apart from meth, Tennessee also has a serious issue with prescription painkillers. So Ramsey doubts requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine will fix the meth problem. “That’s the reason I’ve been going back and forth on this. What I’m gonna tell you is law enforcement, everybody says this needs to be (done). Again, I am just shocked by the poll that says 65 percent of the people think that needs to be done.” Image: WPLN/Daniel Potter

Ramsey said one proposal being weighed by state lawmakers would calculate a tax based on weight, making truckers, especially those passing through the state, contribute heavily.

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Unlike Lt. Gov. Ramsey, Lawyers Want To Keep Tennessee Supreme Court Justices

Unlike Lt. Gov. Ramsey, Lawyers Want To Keep Tennessee Supreme Court Justices
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has embarked on a campaign to oust three state Supreme Court justices., but the Tennessee Conservative Union differs with the campaign. Credit: TN Photo Services

The Tennessee Bar Association is all but endorsing three Supreme Court justices sitting for retention elections this year. The group released a poll Friday showing 90 percent of respondents favor keeping the court as it is.

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Haslam Washes Hands Of Effort To Unseat Democrats From Tennessee High Court

Haslam Washes Hands Of Effort To Unseat Democrats From Tennessee High Court
In February, Gov. Bill Haslam addressed the Tennessee Supreme Court in the old chambers within the state capitol. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is giving the state’s sitting supreme court his vote of confidence. The affirmation comes as the state’s lieutenant governor launches a campaign to unseat the justices appointed by Democrats.

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Tennessee Republicans Surprise Even Themselves With Tuition Help For Immigrants

Tennessee Republicans Surprise Even Themselves With Tuition Help For Immigrants
At the federal level, the DREAM Act would even grant legal status to some undocumented aliens who attend college. While Congress hasn't passed such legislation, some states have passed their own DREAM Acts, offering scholarships to immigrants. In 2012, the governor of Massachusetts made a policy change to allow instate tuition to undocumented aliens. Credit: Antonio Villaraigosa via Flickr

There's movement in the Tennessee legislature on proposals giving in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants and even to undocumented aliens themselves.

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Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature

Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature
Hemp has not been grown legally in the US since 1958, though some farmers have tried small scale plots. Credit: sareoutreach via Flickr

The time for growing hemp in Tennessee has come, according to leaders of the state legislature who have recently opened their minds to the agricultural potential. The cousin to cannabis has been legalized for industrial use in nine other states.

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Memphis Parents Travel To Capitol By The Busload For School Voucher Rally

Memphis Parents Travel To Capitol By The Busload For School Voucher Rally
At an event organized by the libertarian Beacon Center of Tennessee, attendees had yellow scarves waiting for them in their seats. While the event was meant to mark national "school choice week," vouchers were the topic of the day. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Parents wearing yellow scarves filled an auditorium near the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to advocate for school vouchers. Many traveled from Memphis to ask for help paying private school tuition.

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Fight Begins Over Whether To Fix ‘Guns In Trunks’ Law

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey wants to give Governor Haslam time to decide if he wants to allow expansion of Medicaid.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is trying to fend off a raft of bills that aim to fix the highly controversial guns in trunks law, which was opposed by the state’s largest employers. Credit: WPLN

Tennessee legislators are rushing to fix what’s seen as a problem with the so-called “guns in trunks” law passed last year. But the original sponsor of the law is trying to fend off any changes.  (more…)

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Amendment Supporter Says It Won’t Outlaw TN Abortions, Yet

Amendment Supporter Says It Won’t Outlaw TN Abortions, Yet
Both pro life and pro choice advocates are expected to spend a combined $1 million on Tennessee's constitutional amendment. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Both pro life and pro choice advocates are expected to spend a combined $1 million on Tennessee's constitutional amendment. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr
Both pro life and pro choice advocates are expected to spend a combined $1 million on Tennessee’s constitutional amendment. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Conservatives who support an anti-abortion amendment to Tennessee’s constitution have launched a yearlong campaign ahead of next year’s vote. They want to get a message out that the measure does not outlaw abortions. (more…)

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Hearings Debunked Common Core Myths, But Lt. Gov. Still Sees ‘Complicated’ Debate

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he expects legislators to make changes, including possible attempts to withdraw from the new testing consortium known as PARCC. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he expects legislators to make changes, including possible attempts to withdraw from the new testing consortium known as PARCC. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Common Core will be the most “complicated” and “important” debate in the upcoming session of the Tennessee legislature. That’s according to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who predicts the General Assembly will want to make some tweaks. (more…)

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UPDATED: Legislature Takes a Breath on Picking Senate Party Nominees

Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Roy Herron is asking that a bill doing away with primaries for picking U.S. Senate candidates apply only to Republicans. Photo credit Blake Farmer/WPLN
Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Roy Herron is asking that a bill doing away with primaries for picking U.S. Senate candidates apply only to Republicans. Photo credit Blake Farmer/WPLN

The Tennessee General Assembly has delayed consideration of ending primary elections for U.S. Senate. Several lawmakers say voters need time to weigh-in on possibly losing their power to pick party nominees. (more…)

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