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NASHVILLE -- A bill overhauling the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct is on its way to Gov. Bill Lee's desk after a conference committee report cleared both the House and Senate this morning.

It's one of several measures left on the General Assembly's plate today as legislators scramble to wrap up their annual session and adjourn for the year.

In one final action, senators voted 17-9 to send a school board-related bill despite warnings from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Bell, R-Riceville, that it's clearly unconstitutional. 

Senate Bill 185 began as a bill allowing voters to initiate recall elections for school board members statewide.

Meeting fierce opposition in the House, it was amended down to apply solely to Madison County. At the urging of Sen. Ed Jackson, R-Jackson, who said it necessary to deal with several school board members who apparently chased off the local superintendent, members went along.

Contact Andy Sher at asher@timesfreepress.com or 615-255-0550. Follow on Twitter @AndySher1.

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