Politics

1:15pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Politics

Haslam Voucher Program Fails This Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has failed this session.

The measure was withdrawn from the House Finance Committee on Tuesday because it didn't have the votes.

It's the second year the Republican governor has not been able to get the legislation passed.

He pulled a more limited version last year after attempts by members of his own party and other voucher proponents to expand it.

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5:48am

Mon April 14, 2014
Politics

State Lawmakers Look to Wrap Up Session This Week

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.

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12:13pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Politics

Tennessee Senate Authorizes Use of the Electric Chair

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.

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11:11am

Thu April 10, 2014
Politics

Reaction to Senate Passage of the Gun Open Carry Bill

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A bill passed this week by the Tennessee Senate that would allow citizens to openly carry firearms in public is drawing praise, criticism, and concern.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron disparages the measure calling it "wild west" legislation.

“The days when people strap on pistols and carry them everywhere is over. But this Tea Party bunch of Republicans are determined to carry Tennessee back, not only to the 20th century, but the 19th.”

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11:08am

Thu April 10, 2014
Politics

Tennessee Senate Says Goodbye to Charlotte Burks

Senator Charlotte Burks
Credit tn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The 108th  Tennessee General Assembly is winding down and the State Senate said goodbye Thursday morning to one of its most beloved members.

Democratic State Senator Charlotte Burks of Monterey has served in the legislature since 1998. She was the first senator ever elected to the legislature by means of a write-in campaign.

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