Utilization Review Act Passes the Senate

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Legislation to help ensure that physicians and their patients have more information regarding what their health insurance covers and the protocols necessary to receive preauthorization approval has been approved by the State Senate. Senate Bill 1142 amends the state’s “Utilization Review Act” by requiring that healthcare insurers, or third party payers, publish or post on the Internet at least the … Read More

Meth Bills Pass Judiciary Committee

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 13, 2014 — The legislative pace quickened on Capitol Hill this week as several important bills to combat the manufacture of methamphetamine in Tennessee advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The action came after compelling testimony was heard from the state’s top law enforcement authorities about the scope of the problem and its impact on users, … Read More

Education Committee passes bill to rewrite the state’s Textbook Commission

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 6, 2014 – Passage of key legislation in the Senate Education Committee, including a bill rewriting the state’s Textbook Commission, topped a busy week on Capitol Hill. The commission, which is responsible for recommending an official list of textbooks for approval by the State Board of Education, came under fire by a group of parents last year … Read More

Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Statute of Limitations for Rape

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The Senate Judiciary Committee have approved legislation that would repeal the statute of limitations for rape, aggravated rape, rape of a child and aggravated rape of a child, as long as law enforcement or the district attorney general has been notified within three years of the offense. Senate Bill 2084 also provides a certain degree of retroactivity for claims in … Read More

Wine in Grocery Stores goes to Governor for his signature

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Legislation that would let Tennesseans in certain communities vote on whether to allow the sale of wine in retail food stores via a local referendum has been sent to the governor for his signature. Action on the Senate Bill 837 came after the Senate approved amendments placed on the bill by the House of Representatives. Those amendments change the minimum … Read More

LEGISLATION ENSURES LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION PLANS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED

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The Senate Finance Committee approved a pension reform bill this week for governmental entities outside the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) to help ensure they have the adequate funding to pay retirees. Senate Bill 2079 requires that TCRS and each local government entity with a defined benefit pension plan calculate an actuarially determined contribution (ADC) which will include normal costs … Read More

SENATE APPROVES BILLS AIDING VETERANS

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), February 27, 2014 – Senate Committees worked at “full steam” this week as State Senators examined the budgets of thirteen agencies and departments of state government and approved a number of important bills. Among key legislation approved on final consideration this week was a bill creating a statewide support structure that offers in-state tuition rates for veterans pursuing … Read More

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A FEDERAL BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously this week to approve a resolution calling for a convention of the states pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance the federal budget each year. Joint Resolution 493 states that, in the absence of a congressional declaration of war or an economic recession, the total of all federal … Read More

State Senate Continue War on Human Trafficking

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TBI Releases New Report State Senators gave final approval to another bill in the legislative package designed to curb human trafficking in Tennessee. Under present law, the statute of limitations for prosecution for the offense of trafficking a child for a commercial sex act, soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor, or exploitation of a minor by electronic means is no … Read More

Legislation aims to attract new business to the state

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Legislation aims to attract new business to the state Legislation which is designed to help attract new businesses to the state met approval in the Senate Commerce Committee this week. Senate Bill 1763 allows new companies coming to Tennessee to base their unemployment insurance premiums on the past history of the state from which they are relocating. Under present law, … Read More