General Assembly wraps up Special Session

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The first Extraordinary Session of the 109th General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday after three days of legislative deliberations on Governor Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal.  The action to adjourn came after the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 7 to 4 against giving the Governor authorization to enter into a contract with the federal government to expand the number of … Read More

General Assembly to Reconvene Regular 2015 Legislative Session on Monday as Governor Prepares to Deliver Budget Address

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Now that the Special Session is complete, the General Assembly will reconvene the regular session on Monday evening, when lawmakers will gather to hear Governor Bill Haslam’s fifth annual budget address.  Rising healthcare costs to the TennCare program combined with inflationary growth for the state’s Basic Education Program have compounded the state’s budget problems during the slow economic recovery.  These … Read More

Brooking Report Heralds Tennessee’s New Labor Education Alignment Program

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Tennessee’s new Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) has been heralded as a model for other states to follow, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the Brookings Institute, a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions.  The competitive grant program provides for cooperative efforts between government, education and businesses to fill the skills gaps … Read More

Taskforce Set To Examine Tennessee Sentencing Structure, Recidivism Rate

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A task force formed by Governor Bill Haslam meets Thursday in Nashville to continue studying the state’s sentencing structure and examine ways to reduce Tennessee’s high recidivism rate, or the number of people returning to prison within three years of being released.  The goal of the task force is to develop recommendations for the Governor and his cabinet in an … Read More

Sen. Jack Johnson reappointed Chairman of Senate Commerce and Labor Committee

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(NASHVILLE, TN), – State Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) has been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor.  The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the General Assembly wrapped up a week of organization duties.   The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over legislation concerning banking and lending institutions; communications; regulation and licensing of occupations; protections of trade … Read More

Redesign of General Assembly’s State Website Provides Greater Transparency of Legislative Process

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As the 2015 legislative session opens, citizens can access more information about the issues and proceedings through a redesigned and improved General Assembly website.  The redesign represents a substantial effort to make the website more usable, accessible and informative.   The new format supports all major mobile devices for streaming video, as the site will shrink, bend or move to … Read More

General Assembly re-elects State Treasurer and Comptroller

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The opening week of the 109th General Assembly was also marked by re-election of two of the state’s constitutional officers, the treasurer and comptroller of the treasury.  The state’s constitution provides that the legislature selects the offices in a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives during the organizational session of each General Assembly.   Elected and sworn … Read More

Budget, Healthcare, Education, Jobs are Top Issues in 2015 Legislative Session

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With organizational tasks out of the way, the General Assembly can now get to work on the issues facing Tennessee.  Although state spending in a tight budget year will be the predominant driver for legislative action, other top issues on the legislative agenda in 2015 are jobs, education, public safety and legislation stemming from the ratification of the constitutional amendments … Read More

State Senate honors memory of James Cecil “Little Jimmy” Dickens

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  (NASHVILLE) — The State Senate voted on Friday to approve a resolution sponsored by Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) recognizing the accomplishments of the late James Cecil “Little Jimmy” Dickens.  Dickens was a country music legend of matchless fame and the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the time of his passing on January 2, 2015.   … Read More

General Assembly Approves TAMP Act

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The Senate approved the Tennessee Anti-Meth Production (TAMP) Act during the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, which is designed to combat the manufacture of methamphetamine in the state. Tennessee ranks second in the nation, behind Indiana, in meth lab seizures last year. The state spends approximately $2 million annually on meth lab clean-up, and in 2013, 1,691 labs … Read More