Politics

8:16am

Wed April 16, 2014
Politics

Parent Trigger Legislation Fails This Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill seeking to make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools has failed in a House subcommittee.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis died when it failed to receive a motion in the House Finance Subcommittee Tuesday.

The so-called parent trigger legislation advanced out of the House Education Committee earlier this month on a 9-4 vote, and the companion bill had been awaiting a vote in the full Senate.

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8:15am

Wed April 16, 2014
Politics

Tennessee House "Profound Regret" for Slavery, Segregation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House has voted to express "profound regret" for slavery and segregation in Tennessee, but stopped short of an outright apology.

The chamber voted 97-0 in favor of the resolution sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Turner of Nashville.

The measure decries what it calls the "fundamental injustice, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and the discrimination that was slavery's legacy."

The Republican-controlled chamber removed language from the original resolution that sought to offer "profound apologies" for slavery.

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8:12am

Wed April 16, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Senate Approves Governor's Anti-Meth Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-methamphetamine legislation has been approved by the Senate.

The Senate voted 23-8 yesterday for about a 5 gram per month maximum and an annual cap of just over 14 grams of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without a prescription.

Over-the-counter remedies that include pseudoephedrine are used to make methamphetamine.

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8:11am

Wed April 16, 2014
Politics

Legislature Approves Free Community College for Tennessee Grads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk.

The House approved the plan 87-8 Tuesday, a day after the Senate approved the legislation 30-1.

Called "Tennessee Promise," the legislation is a cornerstone of Haslam's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.

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1:23pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Politics

Two Closely Watched Guns Bills Die in the House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two bills followed closely by the state’s gun rights advocates have failed in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public, and a bill that would have allowed guns to be carried in parks statewide, failed to clear a House subcommittee.

Governor Bill Haslam had expressed reservations about the measures, but both bills passed in the State Senate by wide margins.

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