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NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he has reservations about a bill that grants in-state college tuition rates to students who came to the U.S. illegally but attended Tennessee schools and graduated from high school.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still no fan of a fast-moving effort by fellow Republicans in the Legislature to strip local governments of their ability to ban guns from local parks.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said he still has concerns about a legislative effort by fellow Republicans to strip local governments of their ability to ban guns at local parks and ball fields.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn't feel threatened by legislation passed by fellow Senate Republicans that requires him to obtain legislative approval on any deal he may cut with the Obama administration on expanding Medicaid.

NASHVILLE — The state Senate this morning approved legislation requiring Gov. Bill Haslam to seek and win legislative approval before expanding Medicaid to an estimated 180,000 low-income Tennesseans under the federal Affordable Care Act.

NASHVILLE — Conservative state lawmakers have turned to money for leverage as they try to keep University of Tennessee leaders from allowing Sex Week activities on the system's Knoxville campus.

NASHVILLE — Concerned over Erlanger Health System’s most recent cost-cutting move, Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, said Wednesday she’s dropping her co-sponsorship of a bill overhauling the ailing public hospital.

NASHVILLE — Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, today announced she's dropping her co-sponsorship of a bill overhauling Erlanger Health System, citing concerns apparently linked to the public hospital's just-announced temporary freeze of paid time-off accruals for employees.

NASHVILLE -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's limited school-voucher proposal barely scraped through a sometimes-chaotic House panel today after the intervention of House Speaker Beth Harwell.

NASHVILLE — Two Senate Committee chairmen are warning top University of Tennessee leaders that state funding for the university could be jeopardized if they don't rein in the "Sex Week" program being held this week on the Knoxville campus.

NASHVILLE — Rep. Richard Floyd says he delayed a subcommittee vote on his bill allowing in-state students in the U.S. illegally to pay in-state tuition rates at Tennessee public colleges because he was short a vote.

NASHVILLE — State senators on Monday popped the cork on a bill giving local voters the power to decide whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores.

NASHVILLE — State senators on Monday popped the cork on a bill giving local voters the power to decide whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores.

NASHVILLE — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said Thursday he won’t seek re-election to the state Legislature in November.

NASHVILLE — Future Tennessee candidates for state and local office would face limits on how much they can personally lend their campaigns under a bill that passed the House on a 75-12 vote Thursday.

NASHVILLE -- Future candidates in Tennessee would face limits on how much they can personally "loan" their campaigns under a bill that passed the House on a 75-12 vote this morning.

NASHVILLE -- State House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner announced today he will not seek re-election to the House District 51 after 14 years in office.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that legislative efforts to make children of illegal immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition have "some merit," but he doesn't see including them in his own proposal to offer free tuition to students attending community colleges.

NASHVILLE — Democratic lawmakers efforts to make Tennessee the 22nd state to set a minimum wage higher than the federal standard failed in a Republican-led House panel today.

NASHVILLE — The battle over Tennessee’s annexation laws now moves to the state Senate after the House this week overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring referendum votes before cities can legally take in new territory.

NASHVILLE — Local lawmakers and Bradley County families of victims on Monday renewed their push for legislation boosting penalties for some categories of drunken drivers involved in fatal crashes.

NASHVILLE — Following a spirited debate about the First Amendment, the state House on Monday approved a nonbinding resolution condemning "Sex Week" festivities at the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus.

Local state senators and representatives have gone back to the drawing board on legislation they say is crucial for the survival of Erlanger Health Services.

NASHVILLE — Hamilton County state legislators have introduced legislation paving the way for Erlanger' hospital's governing authority board to create a nonprofit group to run the public hospital.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s fines for driving without a seat belt would more than double under a Haslam administration bill that Safety Department officials say is needed to cut the death toll on Tennessee highways.

NASHVILLE — Despite Volkswagen workers' voting down union representation last week at the company's Chattanooga plant, Tennessee's chief economic recruiter says more needs to be done to persuade the German manufacturer to bring a new line of SUV production to Southeast Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Rep. Richard Floyd says he is sponsoring a resolution condemning the University of Tennessee's "Sex Week" because "people in my district are fed up with the perversion."

NASHVILLE — Sen. Mike Bell on Tuesday shelved his bill aimed at protecting wedding-related business from lawsuits for refusing service to same-sex couples if it violates owners’ religious beliefs.

NASHVILLE — Sen. Mike Bell on Tuesday shelved his bill aimed at protecting wedding-related business from lawsuits for refusing service to same-sex couple if it violates owners’ religious beliefs.

Just days after a unionization effort went down in flames at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, company officials on Tuesday reached out to the Haslam administration to restart discussions on state economic incentives tied to possible plant expansion.

NASHVILLE -—A House panel today approved a resolution condemning "Sex Week" activities at the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus following a wording change.

Gov. Bill Haslam said he hopes to start discussions as early as this week with Volkswagen about a new incentive package to help the manufacturer settle on the Chattanooga plant to produce a new line of SUVs.

NASHVILLE — It's not every day that an election with just 1,338 participants winds up drawing a state governor, U.S. senator and even the president of the United States into the fray.

NASHVILLE — State House Speaker Beth Harwell says she and fellow Republican representatives will seek to strike a balance on a just-passed Senate bill stripping Tennessee cities and counties of authority to ban guns from local parks, playgrounds and ball fields.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee cities and counties would lose their ability to ban guns from local parks under legislation that passed the Senate this morning.

NASHVILLE — Despite opposition from some members of his own party, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, on Wednesday persuaded a key panel to approve his bill allowing U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants living in Tennessee to attend public colleges paying in-state tuition rates.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and fellow Senate Republicans are pushing a bill delaying for one year new Internal Revenue Service rules GOP lawmakers say can "target" political speech by nonprofit groups.

NASHVILLE — New polling released by Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s re-election campaign shows the Tennessee Republican with a better than 3-to-1 lead over his GOP primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr.

NASHVILLE -- New polling released by Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's reelection campaign show the the Tennessee Republican holding a better than 3-to-1 lead over his GOP primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and fellow Senate Republicans are pushing a bill delaying for one year new Internal Revenue Service rules GOP lawmakers say can "target" political speech by non-profit groups.

State House Democratic lawmakers and a labor union attorney this afternoon attacked comments from Republican officials threatening future economic incentive deals with Volkswagen if employees agree to allow unionization of the company's Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE -- State House Democratic leaders this afternoon have scheduled a news conference this afternoon in which they will urge Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow GOP lawmakers to stop "interfering" in this week's unionization vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

NASHVILLE — State Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, and other area Republican legislators plan to hold a news conference Monday regarding next week's unionization vote at the Volkswagen plant.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam continued to speak out Thursday against unionization of the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, even as fellow GOP critic U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says further criticisms by him before next week's vote aren't appropriate.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam today continued to speak out against unionization of the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga even as fellow vocal Republican critic, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says further comment by him before next week's vote isn't appropriate.

NASHVILLE — The top House Democratic leader is requesting the Obama administration turn over documents detailing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's interactions with the administration on his Medicaid expansion proposal.

NASHVILLE — A proposed state constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of Tennessee's attorney general fell two votes short Wednesday on the Senate floor.

NASHVILLE — A national group that works to elect what it considers promising conservatives announced today that is backing state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, in his GOP primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says he is cosponsoring two bills that would create a permanent federal income tax deduction for state and local sales taxes paid by residents of Tennessee and other states which have no general state income tax.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to change the Tennessee Constitution to require the popular election of the state attorney general failed on the Senate floor today.

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