BlueCross BlueShield tells lawmakers of its efforts to tackle Tennessee's opioid 'crisis'

Published Feb. 15 2017

In a state that ranks No. 2 nationally in terms of prescriptions written for addictive opioid pain medications and where...

Alabama Black Caucus says Senate election should be held this year

Published Feb. 14 2017

The Legislative Black Caucus argued Tuesday that Gov. Robert Bentley is violating state election law by waiting until 2018 to...

Booze bill' would allow direct sales at Georgia distilleries

Published Feb. 14 2017

The Georgia brewery bill has turned into the booze bill.

Georgia special election shapes up as referendum on Trump

Published Feb. 14 2017

The scramble to succeed Health Secretary Tom Price as Georgia congressman may quickly become a referendum on the popularity and...

Freshman GOP lawmaker resigns from Tennessee House amid reports of sexual misconduct

Published Feb. 14 2017

A freshman Republican lawmaker has resigned from the Tennessee General Assembly just weeks into his first session amid what he...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act comes up for hearing today in House panel

Published Feb. 14 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed IMPROVE Act, which seeks to boost gas and diesel taxes for Tennessee transportation while cutting taxes...

Critics say Tennessee artificial insemination parenting bill is aimed at gay couples

Published Feb. 14 2017

Two Tennessee lawmakers want to do away with a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination....

Georgia lawmakers work to make 'upskirting' illegal

Published Feb. 14 2017

A bill making it illegal to film or take photos under a person's clothes has cleared a hurdle in the...

Georgia governor OKs extension of hospital tax for Medicaid

Published Feb. 14 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation extending a tax on Georgia hospitals that helps draw down $600 million in federal...

New Alabama attorney general promises to step aside from any investigation of governor

Published Feb. 14 2017

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall took office Monday and immediately promised to step aside from any investigation by his staff...

Georgia GOP proposes new state authority to intervene in struggling schools

Published Feb. 13 2017

The state would have broad authority to intervene in struggling schools and make significant changes to staff and management under...

Tennessee Republicans denounce 'absurdity' of California travel ban

Published Feb. 13 2017

Several Tennessee Republican legislators, upset over a California law banning state-funded travel to the Volunteer State as a result of...


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Tennessee Independent Business group members give 'mixed' reviews on Haslam Improve Act

Published Feb. 13 2017

Tennessee members of the National Federation of Independent Business are giving 'decidedly mixed' reviews regarding Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed...

Proposed de-annexation bill would give parts of Chattanooga, other TN cities ability to secede

Published Feb. 13 2017

Two Hamilton County legislators are renewing their push to pass a 'de-annexation' bill that would allow people in parts of...

Local emergency communications officials honor Tennessee Rep. Mike Carter

Published Feb. 10 2017

Tennessee's local emergency communications officials have presented Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, with their 2016 Legislator of the Year award for...

Tennessee gets first female State Architect

Published Feb. 10 2017

The Tennessee State Building Commission has voted to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect, making her the first woman to...

Yager elected new chairman of Tennessee Legislature's Fiscal Review Committee

Published Feb. 10 2017

State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, was elected by colleagues this week to lead the General Assembly's main watchdog panel, the...

Rep. McCormick says legalizing Sunday wine sales a 'convenience' issue for consumers

Published Feb. 10 2017

NASHVILLE — A Hamilton County legislator says his bill that seeks to do away with Tennessee's long-standing ban on Sunday...

U.S. Rep. Black says new role won't preclude her running for Tennessee governor

Published Feb. 9 2017

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said Thursday that despite a new role as chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee,...

'Bathroom bill' returns to Tennessee legislature

Published Feb. 9 2017

A controversial piece of legislation has returned to Tennessee's legislature that would force public school students to use the bathroom...

Tennessee House Speaker Harwell says she can support some fuel tax increases for roads

Published Feb. 9 2017

NASHVILLE — Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says she could support some fuel tax increases for new road spending, provided...


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Tennessee bill would put all state-regulated professions' ethics codes under review

Published Feb. 9 2017

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee lawmaker is dropping his planned follow-up to a controversial 2016 bill, now state law, that allowed...

Jeremy Durham spent campaign funds on suits, sunglasses and spa products

Published Feb. 8 2017

Jeremy Durham had possibly as many as 500 individual violations of state campaign finance law, including spending more than $10,000...