Protesters gather outside Tennessee House, Senate chambers

Protesters gather outside Tennessee House, Senate chambers

April 14th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Activists sing protest songs outside the House chamber in Nashville on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - A group of about 50 activists has staged a protest outside the doors of the House and Senate chamber while lawmakers met within.

The protesters sang, chanted and cheered on Monday afternoon about a series of issues ranging from support for Medicaid expansion to demands for changes to the state's voter ID law.

The noise drew the attention of lawmakers within the chamber, many of whom peeked out the back doors to investigate the sources of the disturbance. But they quickly returned their attention to pending bills.

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Reps. Joe Towns and G.A. Hardaway of Memphis and Brenda Gilmore of Nashville, joined the circle of protesters.