NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would dock the welfare payments of Tennessee parents whose children fail in school is dead.
After about a 40-minute debate on the Senate floor Thursday, Republican Sen. Sponsor Stacey Campfield decided to pull the bill so it can be studied over the summer.
Both Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the legislation, which sought to cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits by 30 percent if a child fails to advance to the next grade.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says that lawmakers will either have to approve Gov. Bill Haslam's approach to a school voucher program in Tennessee or face the measure being withdrawn entirely.
The Collierville Republican told reporters on Tuesday that he perceives a growing level of comfort with Haslam's more measured approach to the bill that would supply a limited number of parents of children in the state's worst schools with public money to pay for a private education.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny is headed for a full Senate vote.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile of Gallatin unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and is headed for a vote by the full Senate. The companion bill was approved 84-10 in the House last month.
The bill blocking access to the entire database of handgun carry permit holders no longer includes loopholes for political or lobbying groups that was included in a previous version of the measure.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Symphony Association recently announced it would not renew a letter of credit with its bank lenders that secures the bonds used to build its acclaimed Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Symphonies around the country have had financial troubles recently, but Nashville's case is a bit different.
For one thing, the Nashville Symphony isn’t broke.
President and CEO Alan Valentine says it has enough money for its day-to-day operations for the foreseeable future.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 on Wednesday. It was approved in the House 75-21 earlier this month.
The legislation does not include private institutions like Vanderbilt University — a provision that caused Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto last year's version. The governor's office says it's OK with the current legislation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville has blocked Republican leaders' efforts to keep Planned Parenthood of Tennessee from participating in venereal disease prevention programs. The efforts are federally funded, but administered by the state and are aimed at reducing the infection rate of HIV and syphilis.