More than 2,000 bills and resolutions considered in Tennessee

Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, talks on a phone with a Tennessee flag cover during a Senate session Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

While much of the attention of this year's legislative session was focused on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax proposal, there were more than 2,000 other bills and resolutions considered by lawmakers before they concluded their business last week.

Some made a big splash before being quietly abandoned. For example, a bill seeking to do away with ending a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination never came up for a hearing. That one had generated an uproar after it was introduced by Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster.

A renewed attempt to pass legislation aimed at requiring transgender students at public schools to use restrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates was the subject of protests and sit-ins at the office of the bill's main Senate sponsor, Republican Mae Beavers of Mt.