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8:32am

Wed January 9, 2013
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Harwell's bill limit dialed back to 15 per year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On its first day of business yesterday the Tennessee House voted to dial back Republican Speaker Beth Harwell's proposal to limit the number of bills each lawmaker can file in a session.

Harwell had sought to set an annual cap of 10 bills per lawmaker, but the panel instead voted to recommend a 15-bill limit.

The move could result in 485 more bills being filed than under Harwell's original proposal if approved by the full House on Friday.

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8:30am

Wed January 9, 2013
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Kyle wants GOP Senate caucus meetings open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee’s top Democrats is calling on Republicans in the state Senate to make their caucus meetings public.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants the Open Meetings Act to apply to the Senate.

During the first day of session yesterday, Kyle made a motion to amend Senate rules to apply the act, but he withdrew the motion after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris agreed to take up the issue at a rules committee meeting today.

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12:57pm

Tue January 8, 2013
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Tennessee's 108th General Assembly Gets Underway

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The 108th Tennessee General Assembly gets underway Tuesday afternoon at the capitol building.

Following the November elections, Republican legislators go into the session with a super-majority. The GOP holds that advantage for the first time since Civil War Reconstruction.

A number of controversial issues are likely to arise during the session, including more gun related measures. Last session’s controversial “guns-in-trunks” law will likely be offered again.

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12:46pm

Tue January 8, 2013
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Mid-State Schools Struggle with Safety Concerns Post Sandy Hook

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  School systems throughout Middle Tennessee are wrestling with how to better protect their children in the wake of the murder of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Williamson County moved quickly last week, allocating $2,3 million dollars from its reserve fund to put an armed police officer in every school building.

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12:21pm

Tue January 8, 2013
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Whooping Cough Cases Nearly Triple

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  The number of cases of whooping cough in Tennessee this past year nearly tripled. State epidemiologist Dr. Tim Jones says the increase is not unexpected since Pertussis is a cyclical illness.

“It’s an increase, you know, but in 2009 and in 2010 we had more than 200 cases, so it’s a disease that goes up and down. And our numbers are still really low compared to many other states where they’re seeing in the thousands per year.”

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