NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers are hoping to wrap up the 108th General Assembly as early as Tuesday.
They passed an annual spending plan last week. It's the lone major piece of legislation the state constitution requires them to approve each year.
Both chambers on Thursday approved their versions of the $32.4 billion state budget after rebuffing attempts by both Democrats and some Republicans to restore raises that had been planned for teachers and state employees.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Senate has voted to allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs can’t be obtained.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager passed on a 23-3 vote Wednesday. The Harriman Republican says current law allows the state to use its alternate execution method only when lethal injection drugs are not legally available. But Yager says there’s no provision for what to do if there’s a shortage of those drugs.
Tennessee has 10 prisoners on death row, but has not executed a prisoner since 2009.