NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This may be the week that Governor Haslam announces whether he will support expanding Medicaid in Tennessee.
Proponents say the money for expanding Medicaid on offer from the federal government is too good a deal to pass up. But detractors point to Tennessee’s failed experiment to expand TennCare in the 1990s as evidence that Washington is an unreliable partner.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An effort is under way again this legislative session to change Tennessee's Open Meetings Law.
Local officials complain the current law is so restrictive, they can’t even get together for a barbecue. Some officials say they’d like to be able to meet in small groups as long as a quorum isn’t present.
Frank Gibson directs the Tennessee Open Meetings Association. He says the current law doesn’t need to be changed, officials just need to be educated about its requirements.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A new report says Tennessee has made deeper cuts to its funding for public higher education than most states.
A new report out this week by the Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says 48 of the 50 states have reduced their contributions to higher education in since the economic downturn began.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A study commissioned by the AARP finds that Tennessee would reap nearly $30 for every dollar spent on expanding Medicaid.
The study was delivered this week to Gov. Bill Haslam's administration and the speakers of the House and Senate. The report notes that the state's participation in Medicaid expansion would result in $9.4 billion in direct federal funding through 2019.
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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.
The signing comes despite questions about whether the legislation affects employment law in Tennessee.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville and four fellow Republican co-sponsors on Thursday submitted a letter for inclusion into the Senate Journal elaborating on their legislative intent for the measure.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's latest proposals for education reform are advancing in the Tennessee General Assembly.
The governor’s school voucher proposal was approved 9-4 in the House Education Committee Tuesday. The bill would limit the program to 5,000 students in failing schools beginning this fall, grow to 20,000 students by 2016.