State Politics

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is a step closer to the governor's desk.

NASHVILLE — Like weary boxers entering the 12th round of a hard fight, Tennessee lawmakers return today for what members hope is the final week of their annual legislative session.

NASHVILLE — With seven months to go before Tennessee voters settle the question, the campaign to remove abortion protections from the state's constitution is running fundraising circles around the group trying to keep things as they are.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday revived an effort to let children suffering from seizures try medicinal marijuana oil as treatment.

NASHVILLE — State lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a $32.4 billion spending plan for 2014-2015 after majority Republicans fended off Democrats' attempts to partially restore pay raises for teachers and state employees.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday took a historic step and approved legislation allowing a limited hospital study of whether cannabis oil is effective in treating certain types of intractable seizures.

NASHVILLE — School districts that own their own school buses may get some relief as a new bill approved by the Tennessee General Assembly will allow school buses to stay on the road longer.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam's school voucher proposal, which would affect Hamilton County schools, is headed for a Senate floor vote after clearing a key Senate hurdle today.

NASHVILLE — Take that, United Nations: Tennessee Republican legislators don't need you around observing their elections anyhow.

NASHVILLE — State senators today overwhelming approved a bill allowing any gun owner to carry a handgun openly with no need for a state-issued permit so long as they are not legally barred from owning a firearm.

NASHVILLE -- Older Tennessee school buses will be able to stay on the road longer under a bill barreling toward Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — A bill granting in-state college tuition to U.S.-born Tennessee high school graduates whose parents are living in the country illegally is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

A week before federal candidates have to file first quarter financial disclosure reports, Weston Wamp's campaign says it has raised more than $370,000 for the August primary -- and it's mostly from individual donations.

NASHVILLE — Senators are slated to act this week on a bill that provides statutory guidance for courts using Tennessee’s public nuisance law to keep criminal gang members out of public areas like parks and neighborhoods.

NASHVILLE — Highly praised Tennessee programs that send help into the homes of families with young children have faced funding cuts, but proponents heard two promising developments last week.

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