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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate today approved legislation authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures

NASHVILLE — Legislation altering the boundary line between Marion and Franklin counties is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam after the House took final action on the bill today.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee House today approved a bill compromise today limiting the amounts of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines consumers can buy in an effort to curb its use in illegal methamphetamine production.

NASHVILLE — Any Tennessean who can legally have a firearm would be able to carry a handgun openly with no need for any state-issued permit under a bill that whizzed through the Senate on Tuesday.

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 -- Gov. Bill Haslam said today he doesn't favor Volkswagen recognizing the United Auto Workers based on union authorization cards after plant employees narrowly voted against unionization in February.

The Tennessee Senate today passed legislation providing structure to cities' efforts to use state public nuisance laws to bar criminal gang members from specifically designated public areas like parks and neighborhoods.

NASHVILLE — A bill requiring Gov. Bill Haslam to reverse course on tying teacher licensure to student learning gains is now on its way to the governor's desk for consideration.

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.

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 — After watching anti-gay rights activist Mark Clayton unexpectedly capture the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 2012, a state party panel is anxious to avoid a repeat in the governor's race this year.

All the players in the 2014 election season have taken the field. And four incumbent state legislators from Hamilton County can just ease along this election season if they like.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to let for-profit companies run public charter schools failed Thursday morning in a House panel after Republican Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, a long-time champion of charters, spoke against it.

NASHVILLE — Seems like everybody's interested in running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this year as the former governor, one-time U.S. Education Secretary and two-time presidential hopeful seeks a third Senate term.

NASHVILLE — Lawmakers today gave final approval today to a bill that permits local court officials across the state to add on an additional fee if they have to use an outside collection agency to pursue unpaid criminal court fines and fees.

NASHVILLE -- Efforts to let for-profit companies run public charter schools failed this morning in a House panel after Republican Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, a long-time champion of charters, spoke out against it.

NASHVILLE — Legislation ending Tennessee's 59-year-old "forced annexation" law is heading for Gov. Bill Haslam's desk after overwhelmingly passing the House on Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — As Tennessee's legislative session winds down in coming weeks, time also may be running out for the General Assembly to approve an incentive package to spur more production at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE — Stung by criticism from the state's teachers union, Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday defended his record on education spending, saying teacher pay and education spending have increased well above national rates since he took office.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today rejected assertions he was threatening Volkswagen over a proposed $300 million incentive package by tying the offer to "satisfaction" of state officials about company plans to set up a works council at its Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE — Stung by criticism from the state's teachers union, Gov. Bill Haslam today defended his record on education spending, saying teacher pay and education spending have increased well above national rates since he took office.

NASHVILLE — The state House today overwhelmingly voted to end a nearly 60-year-old law allowing cities' to annex territory without consent, sending the bill to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.

Volkswagen was offered about $300 million in financial incentives by Tennessee economic development officials to attract a new vehicle line to the Chattanooga plant and a new American VW headquarters that could bring 1,350 jobs, documents show.

NASHVILLE — Planned state worker and teacher pay raises in July disappeared Monday into a revenue sinkhole with Gov. Bill Haslam announcing he will disrupt his own plans on salaries and make other cuts to address shortfalls largely in business tax collections.

With state revenues lagging behind projections, Gov. Bill Haslam today announced $160 million in cuts to his proposed 2014-2015 budget and another $150 million in reductions in the current budget.

NASHVILLE — After two local legislators began moving a "sledgehammer" of a bill in the General Assembly as an attention-getter, officials say Tennessee American Water Co. now is working closely with Hamilton County officials on resolving issues over local sewer fee billing.

State senators on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the most far-reaching change ever in Tennessee's nearly 60-year-old annexation laws, teeing up the bill for final passage next week on the House floor.

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.

NASHVILLE — The Senate today approved legislation barring automatic teller machines (ATMs) in or near businesses that provide bail bonds, tattoos and body piercing from dispensing cash to people with welfare benefit cards.

NASHVILLE — Republican state senators took final action today on a bill requiring Gov. Bill Haslam to obtain legislative approval for any deal he makes with the federal government to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee cities would be stripped of their legal ability to annex by ordinance on May 15, 2015 under a bill approved today by the state Senate.

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 -- While a bill legalizing medical marijuana died in the House on Tuesday, a bill by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, creating a limited study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on intractable seizures cleared its first hurdle.

NASHVILLE — After weeks of pushing its own bill limiting non-prescription sales of cold medicines used to make meth, the Haslam administration today warmed up to a House version less restrictive than one proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

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 — 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.

NASHVILLE — The state Senate today approved legislation by Sen. Todd Gardenhire to grant in-state tuition rates to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants provided they've lived at least a year in Tennessee and graduated from a high school here.

Gov. Bill Haslam's task force studying Tennessee's school funding formula will focus primarily on how the money is distributed and not whether it needs a large infusion of new money, officials say.

Senate Education Committee members today shelved Sen. Todd Gardenhire's "tuition equality bill" that would have granted in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who've spent five years in Tennessee schools and graduated from high school here.

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.

NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that GOP majority lawmakers should consider holding their first veto override session in 13 years in the event fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam vetoes any bills.

NASHVILLE — Like a teacher punishing the entire class after one student acts up, Tennessee lawmakers edged a step closer Thursday to creating a statewide "authorizer" for some public charter schools in five school systems, including Hamilton County.

NASHVILLE — The state Senate today approved a statewide "authorizer" for public charter schools that would affect Hamilton County and four other school systems that have schools falling into the state's bottom 5 percent.

NASHVILLE — The Senate sponsor of a House-passed bill that would impose a two-year delay on Tennessee's Common Core education standards says he's worried about "shenanigans" on a fiscal analysis that will send the measure to the Senate Finance Committee.

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