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August 3rd 2018

_Primary Election Results_ After a long Thursday night of watching election returns roll in, a once murky 2018 election picture became much clearer with the conclusion of the August Republican and Democratic primaries. Overall, first time candidate Bill Lee won big in the Republican primary for Governor. While three incumbent legislators lost their primaries- Senator Reggie Tate (D-Memphis), Rep. Barry Doss (R-Leoma) and Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Buchanan). Below is a summary of all the Thursday n ...Continue Reading

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April 26th 2018

April 26, 2018 The 110th General Assembly adjourned sine die just shy of 11:00 last night.  It was a bittersweet moment for many, as the number of legislators running for other offices or retiring is significant and for those, it was the final day of a long career.  TN Ready testing issues and a squabble between the House and Senate kept the session a few hours longer than was expected, but overall, this General Assembly is very pleased with their pro-business approach to legislati ...Continue Reading

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April 20th 2018

April 20, 2018 The End is Near The 110th General Assembly is expected to come to a close next week, with talk of a Tuesday or Wednesday adjournment.  Budget Discussion The budget is typically one of the last things on the agenda for the House and Senate, and this year is proving no different.  The House passed its version of the state’s $37.5 billion budget on Tuesday, which included a controversial amendment that would strip $250,000 in funding from Memphis.&nb ...Continue Reading

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April 13th 2018

April 13, 2018 Wine Added to Sunday Grocery List A bill allowing Sunday wine and liquor sales passed both the House and Senate this week.  On Monday, the measure passed through the House with a vote of 55-35 after an hour of debate and scripture quoting. Multiple Representatives spoke in opposition to the bill, some equating allowances in the bill to snorting cocaine and the indoctrination of children. Rep. Akbari (D-Memphis) was supportive of the legislation by saying passage would res ...Continue Reading

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April 6th 2018

April 6, 2018 Senator Thelma Harper Retiring State Senator Thelma Harper (D-Nashville) announced she was retiring from the Senate on Wednesday after more than 30 years of public service – 27 of which spent in the State Senate.  “Even though there is no greater honor than being able to serve and be your voice on the hill, I truly feel the time is right for me to pass the baton to the next generation of future leaders.  Even though I will no longer be an elected public servant, I wil ...Continue Reading

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April 2nd 2018

April 2, 2018 Flow Motion means the end is near During the House floor session today, the leadership is expected to approve the “flow motion” which decreases the time needed for bill amendments to be filed and decreases the waiting period for a bill to flow from one committee to another. This is also the time that a Subcommittee and Full Committee could and will meet back to back to move bills along. The budget has not yet been placed on a committee calendar for considera ...Continue Reading

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March 23rd 2018

March 23, 2018 Governor’s Budget Amendment Governor Bill Haslam announced his amendments to his original budget Tuesday in both the House and Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committees.  One of the more noted investments includes $30 million to improve school safety, with $25 million in nonrecurring funds and $5.2 million in recurring funds.  Other investments include $1 million in recurring funds to provide mental health treatment and recovery services as part of TN Together, an a ...Continue Reading

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March 16th 2018

March 16, 2018 New State Senator Republican Shane Reeves was elected as State Senator for District 14 on Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Gayle Jordan.  Reeves garnered 71.73 percent of the votes, in contrast to Jordan’s 28.27 percent.  The special election was held to fill the vacated seat of Jim Tracy, who took a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Reeves was sworn in Thursday morning on the Senate floor, joined by his family and Governor Bill Haslam. &n ...Continue Reading

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March 3rd 2018

March 3, 2018 Medical Marijuana Drama SB 1710/HB 1749, otherwise known as the Medical Cannabis Only Act, was up in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday.  After a deadlocked 3-3 vote, House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) cast the deciding vote in favor of the legislation.  As Speaker, she has the power to vote in any House Committee. Speaker Harwell is a co-sponsor of the bill, saying “I am in favor of this legislation, which does not allow for the smoking of medic ...Continue Reading

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February 23rd 2018

February 23, 2018 Work requirements in the TennCare Program Speaker Beth Harwell’s bill to implement work requirements for TennCare recipients will be heard next week in the House Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee. The bill requires the Department of Finance and Administration to seek a waiver to impose work requirements for able-bodied, working age adults without dependent children under 6 years old.  Speaker Harwell said she believes this will lift people out of poverty. The TennC ...Continue Reading
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