12:25pm

Sun March 16, 2014
Politics

Haslam Agenda Hits Hard Times in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor's wishes.

The GOP supermajority in the General Assembly has also advanced a guns-in-parks bill the governor opposes, sidetracked Haslam's anti-meth bill and showed little urgency in taking up his signature proposal to offer free community college tuition to all high school graduates.

And Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program was tinkered with in a House subcommittee and only emerged due to the direct intervention of Speaker Beth Harwell.

With as little as a month remaining in this year's legislative session, time is running out for the Haslam administration to right the ship.