Former Tennessee Democratic state senator charged with sexual battery

Published May. 2 2017

A former Democratic state senator from Goodlettsville has been arrested on a felony charge of sexual battery.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs $49 billion budget, including employee raises

Published May. 2 2017

Georgia teachers will get a 2 percent salary increase while state employees who handle child welfare cases will see a...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam indicates he may sign controversial bill denounced by LGBT advocates

Published May. 1 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday indicated he's likely to sign a controversial bill that LGBT advocates charge is designed to...


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Tennessee lawmakers urge Gov. Haslam to delay outsourcing

Published May. 1 2017

A bipartisan majority of Tennessee senators and representatives are calling on the Haslam administration to halt the planned outsourcing of...

'In God We Trust' license tag bill passes Tennessee Senate

Published May. 1 2017

Religious-minded Tennesseans would be able to display their views on state-issued license plates under a state Senate bill that passed...

Tennessee House votes to repeal law that threatens Hamilton County's sewer authority

Published May. 1 2017

The state House Monday night voted unanimously to repeal a 2016 law that wound up threatening $13 million in state...

Tennessee lawmakers vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks

Published May. 1 2017

Tennessee senators on Monday voted 27-3 on legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks if doctors determine the fetus is viable...

Legislative leaders hope to see final Tennessee budget approval this week

Published May. 1 2017

They've crossed their fingers, uttered their prayers and maybe even rubbed one or two lucky rabbit-foot charms.

Republican Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil while avoiding jail time

Published Apr. 28 2017

Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia,...

Fleischmann joins Trump for signing of order to open up more offshore oil drilling [video]

Published Apr. 28 2017

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., joined President Donald Trump at the White House today for the signing of the American...

Tennessee lawmakers seek to ban sexting by minors

Published Apr. 28 2017

Tennessee lawmakers want to make it against the law for minors to send or keep sexually explicit messages on smartphones.

Private company would maintain, but not design or build, state buildings under governor's plan

Published Apr. 28 2017

Higher education and state buildings would be managed by a private company under a plan by Tennessee's governor, but state...

Groups urge Haslam to veto Tennessee bill criticized as anti-LGBT

Published Apr. 28 2017

Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a bill criticized as anti-LGBT because it requires state courts use the...

Tennessee comptroller says State Building Commission still in charge of Jones Lang LaSalle contract

Published Apr. 27 2017

State Comptroller Justin Wilson's office says the State Building Commission will still call the shots regarding design and construction services...

Bell wants Tennessee comptroller to delay OK on Haslam's facilities management outsourcing contract

Published Apr. 27 2017

A Tennessee senator wants Comptroller Justin Wilson to hold off on approving the Haslam administration's massive facilities management outsourcing contract...

Senate sends bill attacked as anti-LGBT to Gov. Haslam

Published Apr. 27 2017

The Tennessee Senate today took final action on a bill criticized by the LGBT community which seeks to require state...

Tennessee House passes Ocoee River water authority bill

Published Apr. 27 2017

The state House today unanimously approved legislation proponents aimed at transforming outdoor sports tourism and economic development for America's most...

Bill raising Tennessee's gas tax passed into law

Published Apr. 26 2017

The bill raises gas and diesel taxes by six cents and 10 cents, respectively, over a three-year period, as well...

Favors' mandatory school bus seat belt bill suffers major setback in House committee

Published Apr. 26 2017

Rep. JoAnne Favors' bill requiring seat belts on Tennessee school buses today was parked, perhaps for the year, "behind the...

TN Legislature update: Shelby County schools voucher bill dead for the year

Published Apr. 26 2017

A scaled-down school voucher pilot project measure applying only to Shelby County is dead for the year in the Tennessee...

Amended version of Favors' mandatory school bus seat belt bill shifts full cost to state

Published Apr. 25 2017

Rep. JoAnne Favors' mandatory school bus seat belt legislation was amended in a House panel Tuesday afternoon to require state...


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Tennessee attorney general to defend abortion bill if it becomes law

Published Apr. 25 2017

The Tennessee attorney general's office says it would defend an amended abortion bill in court if it becomes law, despite...

Haslam proposes $11.8 million in state funds to settle TVA/Ocoee whitewater rafters dispute

Published Apr. 25 2017

Big changes are planned for the Tennessee Ocoee River region's management and funding — along with an $11.8 million state...