State Politics

NASHVILLE — State senators on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to bar automatic teller machines (ATMs) located near businesses providing bail bonds, tattoos and body piercing from dispensing cash to people with welfare benefit cards.

A medicinal oil made from marijuana that won't get you high — but has parents moving to Colorado where it's used to treat children suffering from hundreds of potentially fatal seizures each week — won't be allowed in Georgia this year.

NASHVILLE — With the Haslam administration’s approval, a House panel on Wednesday passed a weaker version of Gov. Bill Haslam’s bill limiting sales of pseudophedrine-based cold medicines used to “cook” illegal meth.

NASHVILLE — A new legislative strategy in the eight-year fight to get tough on cock fighting in Tennessee is ruffling feathers.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., made his re-election bid for a third term official Wednesday with the embattled physician from South Pittsburg filing papers with the state State Division of Elections.

NASHVILLE — The Senate sponsor of a contentious proposal to delay further implementation of Tennessee’s Common Core education standards for two years said Tuesday that a compromise is close on the legislation.

NASHVILLE — A Republican lawmaker says he’s dropping a legislative fight over the student-run Sex Week at the state’s flagship public university.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says his task force studying Tennessee's school funding formula will focus primarily on whether the money is distributed fairly under prior court rulings and not whether an injection of new cash is needed.

NASHVILLE — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

NASHVILLE — Sen. Todd Gardenhire's now 1-1 on his two bills delving into the controversial issue of in-state college tuition rates and illegal immigration.

Congressional candidate Weston Wamp is hitting the campaign trail, quite literally.

For at least another year, Georgia residents still will have to travel to Tennessee, Alabama or South Carolina to legally buy fireworks.

A year after a tense legislative battle, a proposal to allow Tennessee authorities to arrest women for damage done to their infants by drug use during pregnancy has moved closer to passage.

Races for sheriff and Circuit Court clerk are shaping up to be among the hottest countywide contests in Roane County, Tenn., as the deadline to qualify for the Aug. 7 general election approaches.

NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says efforts by fellow Republicans to put off Tennessee's Common Core standards face problems because of money: a two-year delay is estimated to cost $10 million, atop a looming budget shortfall that could hit $275 million.

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