Politics

12:39pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Politics

Senator Seeks to Limit Police Drones in Tennessee

Senator Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  A bill that will limit the way Tennessee law enforcement agencies can use unmanned drone aircraft is advancing in the state legislature.

Drones are a hot topic both in Congress and on the state levels as the technology has rapidly outpaced regulations on the use of remotely piloted aircraft domestically.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Mae Beavers, says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Nashville and Memphis Police Departments are already using drones.

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12:27pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Politics

108th General Assembly Contentious in Spite of GOP Supermajority

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The current session of the Tennessee legislature is moving into its final weeks.

With the Tennessee Republican Party holding a super majority in both chambers of the legislature, a fairly low-key session might have been expected. Instead, a number of contentious issues have roiled the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

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6:25am

Wed April 3, 2013
Politics

'All or Nothing' on Haslam School Voucher Bill

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 Bill Haslam's approach to a school voucher program in Tennessee or face the measure being withdrawn entirely.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.

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6:22am

Wed April 3, 2013
Politics

Bill Would Seal Handgun Permit Records from Public

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.

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1:48pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Politics

Senate to Vote on Changes to Workers Comp.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed bill that seeks to change the way injured workers' claims are considered in Tennessee is scheduled for a full Senate vote Monday evening.

The companion bill to the measure, which is part of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative package, is set to be heard by the House Finance Committee Tuesday.

Opponents of the measure say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process.

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