NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is scheduled to be heard by a key Senate committee Tuesday.
Tennessee Promise 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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that calls for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakers' podiums in both the House and Senate has been approved by the Senate.
The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville was approved 21-0 yesterday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee has released a surprisingly lean three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.
The Haslam administration says the plan takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transportation funding. The budget contains no money to pay for new project engineering studies.
State Rep. Jon Lundgren (left) and State Rep. Andy Holt
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Every animal cruelty bill introduced in the Tennessee Legislature this session has either failed or stalled and one legislator says a single committee is largely responsible.
Among the bills to fail or stall this session include one that would have raised the fine for cock or dog fighting from $50 to $500. Another would have created a registry for convicted animal abusers.
Republican Rep Jon Lundberg of Bristol says every animal welfare bill introduced is being diverted to the House Agriculture Committee so that they can be killed.