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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers anticipate a special committee will be needed to work out differences in a proposal that would allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed in all of the state's parks.

The so-called guns-in-parks bill is scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor again on Monday.

When it passed overwhelmingly earlier this month, a change was made to add the state Capitol complex to the areas where handgun carry permit holders could be armed.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Rutherford County sheriff's aunt, uncle and chief deputy own companies selling electronic cigarettes and snacks to inmates at the county jail.

WSMV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1DqbP7j) the state comptroller is investigating the connection between Sheriff Robert Arnold, Chief Deputy Joe Russell and the companies JailCigs and JailSnacks.

Arnold also disclosed on a state ethics form that his wife works part-time for JailCigs.




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator says a vasectomy is a "more stringent" medical procedure than an abortion.


Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga made the comment Tuesday while speaking in favor of a measure that would require a 48-hour waiting period for an abortion during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which passed the legislation on a 7-2 vote.

The measure would also require the woman to sign a form indicating she has been informed of the details of her pregnancy and the risks of an abortion.




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that seeks to do away with Tennessee's motorcycle helmet requirement has been revived and is advancing in the state Legislature.


The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield passed the Senate Transportation Committee 5-4 Wednesday. The measure failed in the same committee last month after it received a 4-4 vote.

However, the sponsor was able to get a majority of signatures from lawmakers on the nine-member panel to get the measure back on the committee's calendar.




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has rejected state troopers' request to work security at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Nashville this weekend.

A spokeswoman from the state Department of Safety says eight troopers were approved to work the event but were later denied because they wanted to bring their patrol vehicles.