NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fellow Republican is trying to tie Governor Haslam’s hands as he considers vetoes of controversial bills.

Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden wants to delay votes on Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative proposals to insure against vetoes of embattled measures like allowing people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks.

Dresden, who has twice had bills vetoed by Haslam, announced at the start of yesterday’s floor session that he wanted to protect against what he called "questionable bills" being rejected by the governor.



WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congress is headed for another showdown with President Obama over a bill proposed by Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will Tuesday take up the Corker bill that would require President Barack Obama to give Congress a voice in any nuclear deal with Iran. Corker now heads the committee

“I’m very concerned about where we are. I think we’re headed to a place where we’re gonna lose leverage and not get much. We used to talk about dismantlement and now we’re talking about unplugging.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A sentencing hearing for two former Vanderbilt players who were convicted of raping a fellow student has been delayed until June.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1FcslqM) reports Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey will remain behind bars until the June 15 hearing.

Court officials said the April sentencing date was postponed so that lawyers could review trial transcripts.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would require all of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling has passed the Senate.

The measure was approved 28-0 yesterday evening. The bill was sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown.

“A few years ago this body passed a law that encouraged law enforcement agencies to adopt policies against racial profiling; many of them have done so.  However, this particular legislation would require them to do so.”


TEHRAN, Iran (AP/WMOT) —  Tennessee senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander are among just a hand full of Republican lawmakers who did not sign a controversial letter to the leaders of Iran concerning ongoing nuclear disarmament talks.

Corker and Alexander are two of only seven GOP senators who refused to sign the letter warning Iran’s leadership that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama could be scrapped once he leaves office