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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has passed a bill to strip city and county governments of the power to ban guns in parks, playgrounds and sports fields.

The chamber voted 65-21 on Monday to pass the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Harrison of Rogersville. The measure would apply to the state's 500,000 handgun carry permit holders.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor Thursday.

The proposal is sponsored by Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga.

It's similar to a measure Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed last year that failed. The governor also failed to pass voucher legislation in the previous session.

Under Gardenhire's proposal, eligibility would be opened to low-income students in districts that have a school in the bottom 5 percent.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would strip local governments of the power to ban guns in public parks is advancing in the Tennessee Legislature despite concerns from the governor.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Harrison of Rogersville was approved 15-5 Tuesday in the House Finance Committee and is now being scheduled for a vote on the House floor. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Proposals that seek to re-enact abortion laws that were struck down by a state Supreme Court decision are advancing in the Tennessee House.

The two bills passed the House Health Subcommittee on voice votes Tuesday.

One measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough and would require a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion.

wallethub.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It may surprise you to learn that Tennessean’s get more from the Federal Government than they pay in taxes.

With the April 15th tax deadline looming on the horizon, the personal finance website Wallethub.com decided to take a look at the tax relationship between the the federal government and the states.

It turns out that for every dollar Tennesseans send to Washington, the state gets back $1.30.

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