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Tennessee lawmakers take 6 nominations to Governor Lee’s state board of education

March 19 – NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Senate has approved a bill stripping Governor Bill Lee of his sole power to appoint members to the State Board of Education, ceding two-thirds of the nine nominations to House and Senate Speakers. The measure, which had previously passed the House as the 1838 bill, was approved by the GOP-led Senate in a ...

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Tennessee lawmakers introduce another reform that could be seen as a model for other states to follow

Tennessee State Capitol Getty NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee is a state where, despite an already relatively low tax burden and no state income tax, lawmakers have continued to find new ways to improve the tax code in recent years, with reforms that provide additional relief to individuals, families and employers. New legislation recently introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly, if ...

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Activists fight Tennessee proposal to make ‘police’ gun owners

A Tennessee bill that would recognize some handgun owners as police officers is drawing opposition from gun control activists who say it encourages vigilantism. The law, introduced in both houses of the state General Assembly on Feb. 2, redefines “law enforcement officer” under Title 39 of the Annotated Tennessee Code to include private citizens who pay $100 and take an ...

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Four Takeouts from the University of Tennessee State Address

Expansion and innovation were on the minds of University of Tennessee leaders when they delivered the State of the System University address on Wednesday. Leaders focused on the university’s accomplishments in 2021: a new campus, rising enrollment trend, new research opportunities and more. But there were few details about what the directors want to achieve next, in the short and ...

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David Perdue proposes term limits for Georgian elected officials

We are looking at who the proposal would affect ATLANTA, Ga. (WDEF) – David Perdue, in his run for governor of Georgia, is proposing term limits for elected Georgia state officials. The former US senator is running against current Governor Brian Kemp in the Republican primary. His proposal is to limit statewide offices to a total of 8 years. “As ...

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Loopholes allow lobbyists to flood lawmakers with money

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – It wasn’t supposed to be like this. NewsChannel 5 cameras recently caught special interest lobbyists lining up with massive campaign contributions to curry favor with your lawmakers just before they prepare to take on public business. FULL STORY: Watch NewsChannel 5-6 More than a decade ago, lawmakers reportedly tried to ban the practice. “My impression was ...

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Bill would strip Tennessee Governor Bill Lee of some board of education appointments

NASHVILLE — A GOP-led legislative effort to bring lawmakers under the operational control of the Tennessee State Board of Education with six of the panel’s nine voting member nominations moving to the state House despite the opposition from Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who now makes all the appointments. House Bill 1838, sponsored by Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, was approved by ...

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Tennessee governor signs bill for congressional map giving GOP big advantage

RState Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee has signed legislation establishing a congressional map that favors Republicans in the state. Lee signed SB 781 effective Sunday, according to Bloomberg Government. The map is expected to give Republicans an advantage in eight of Tennessee’s nine congressional districts, which will prevent some incumbent Democrats from running for re-election. “Today I am announcing that ...

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House bill would cut property taxes by reducing Illinois government waste

Illinois State Rep. Jonathan Carroll introduced a bill to empower taxpayers to pursue local government consolidation at the ballot box, in an effort to reduce property taxes. House Bill 5276 would allow local voters to request a referendum to dissolve a unit of government, giving citizens direct control over the number of layers of… Illinois State Rep. Jonathan Carroll introduced ...

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Tennessee governor must veto Republican Gerrymander

Memphis, TN –JB Smiley, Jr. released the following statement regarding the recently passed gerrymander of Tennessee’s congressional and legislative districts recently forced by Republican members of the Tennessee General Assembly. “When elections are free and fair, voters have the opportunity to shape the direction of their cities, states and nations. Our elders sacrificed so much to get the right to ...

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Opinion: Will Governor Bill Lee tout Tennessee’s ‘freedom’ to spread COVID more freely?

On Monday evening, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will deliver his fourth State of the State Address to the General Assembly and Tennessee. “I look forward to sharing my vision for Tennessee, including my budget and legislative priorities for the year,” Governor Lee said in a press release announcing the event. “Tennessee is showing the rest of the country that America ...

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Tennessee bill that would allow early parole for ‘actually dead’ life-sentenced murderers

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) — A controversial bill in Tennessee isn’t on the table, at least not yet. House Bill 1532 proposes a change to the law that would allow those convicted of first-degree murder to be eligible for parole much earlier in their life sentence. The bill’s former sponsor in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Rep. Dan Howell, withdrew from ...

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Aurora mayor kicks off GOP campaign for governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) — Richard Irvin is the latest Republican to announce a campaign for Illinois governor. Aurora’s first black mayor could end up being the frontrunner in a crowded GOP primary with the financial backing of the state’s richest man, Ken Griffin. Irvin hopes to become Illinois’ first black governor. Of course, Irvin’s announcement was symbolic as he kicked ...

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Lawmakers Tackle Budget, Taxes and School Funding

The Tennessee General Assembly will meet again at noon on January 11. Below are several topics that will be reviewed. Budget The budget is always a priority issue, but it will be especially important given the strong tax collections, excess revenue and the flow of federal stimulus funds into Tennessee. The state is in the best financial position in recent ...

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Tennessee Supreme Court Hears School Voucher Law Arguments Again

In a rare move, the Tennessee Supreme Court will revisit arguments over Gov. Bill Lee’s controversial scholarship program. The ruling hints at a deadlocked high court that doesn’t just wait for a new judge appointed by Lee to join the bench. The High Court lost a member after the sudden death of judge Cornelia A. Clark earlier this year. Judge ...

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New Tennessee poll shows some slippage in support for Governor Lee, strong divisions over abortion law

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gouv. Bill lee has lost ground with voters since May, according to a new Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday that suggests the 10-point drop may be linked to the Republican governor’s enactment of a set of laws limiting health measures public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 17,000 Tennesséens. The survey of 1,002 registered ...

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Another GOP lawmaker suggests Tennessee medical board may be dissolved

For the second time in two weeks, a Republican lawmaker has hinted that Tennessee’s main medical licensing board could be dismantled amid an ongoing dispute over the council’s efforts to discipline doctors who disseminate misinformation on coronavirus vaccines. The Board of Forensic Pathologists unanimously passed a policy in September establishing that doctors who spread vaccine lies could have their medical ...

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Reflecting Local Trends, Johnson City Schools See COVID Cases Rise | News

A graph showing the total number of COVID-19 cases among students and teachers at Johnson City schools from November 1 to December 10. The total number of Johnson City students and faculty with COVID-19 has more than tripled since late November. On November 29, Johnson City Schools reported that 23 students and four faculty members tested positive for COVID-19, which ...

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Panel appeals to two appeals judges and Associate Solicitor General for consideration by Governor Bill Lee

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments Thursday appointed two Tennessee appeals judges and the state’s deputy solicitor general for consideration to fill a vacant seat on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Tennessee Court of Appeal Judge Kristi Davis, Associate General Counsel Sarah Campbell and Court of Appeals Judge William Neal McBrayer were appointed after a two-day interview process with nine candidates. ...

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Area lawmakers speak out for Medicaid expansion

“Not expanding Medicaid is the worst mistake Tennessee has made in modern history,” said Tennessee Representative Gloria Johnson, retired educator and Democrat who represents House District 13 in Knox County. She said a federal law would allow the state to extend Medicaid free of charge for 10 years as she answered questions in a recent online forum sponsored by the ...

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Tennessee approves 5.6% reduction in workers’ compensation costs; Impact of COVID uncertain

The Tennessee Trade and Insurance Commissioner has ratified a 5.6% drop in workers’ compensation costs for the voluntary market in 2022, which will result in the ninth consecutive year of rate cuts for many companies in the state. “These cuts reflect the continuing trend towards safer workplaces and will mean that Tennessee employers may now have more money to reinvest ...

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Join Us: What Parents Need to Know About COVID Vaccines for 5-11 Year Olds

A pediatrician wrote the most read November opinion piece on Tennessean.com. Dr Susan Hata, a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, wrote a comprehensive and well-researched guest column, encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 now that 5 to 11 years are allowed to be vaccinated. “Contracting COVID-19 is not trivial for a child,” wrote Hata, ...

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Opinion: Bible-beating Tennessee Republican Party must read the book it beats

Hate trafficking is alive and well in Tennessee – and particularly in the Tennessee General Assembly. Last Monday, Tennessee State Representative Chris Todd R-Jackson accused a Christian foster care organization – the well-known Bethany Christian Services, which has an office in Chattanooga – of facilitating trafficking human beings by working with the federal government to place unaccompanied migrant children. with ...

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Superintendent: Bill would end Johnson City Schools mask requirement | Tennessee State Securities

While still requiring the governor’s signature, a bill the General Assembly passed late last week in a special session devoted to COVID-19 would end Johnson’s existing mask policy City Schools, said Superintendent Steve Barnett. “I can’t speak for the board of directors, but we follow the laws of the state, and when it becomes law, we will follow that,” Barnett ...

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Thursday Special Session Bills – Tennessee Lookout

A sweeping series of measures designed to curb local dissent over state COVID policies, and to verify the governor’s emergency powers, easily made their way through the hearings of the Republican-dominated committee in the specially called legislative session. Thursday. They include tough new penalties for members of locally elected school boards who defy executive orders and a mechanism for the ...

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Tennessee bills would ban discipline of doctors who spread misinformation about COVID

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have proposed legislation that would prevent state licensing officials from punishing doctors who spread misinformation about the vaccine or the COVID-19 pandemic. Reps Debra Moody and Chris Todd presented HB 9028 and HB 9020 ahead of Wednesday’s special session of the General Assembly on coronavirus legislation. Under the legislation, the Board of Forensic Pathologists and the ...

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Tennessee lawmakers caved in to session on COVID-19 restrictions

As the Tennessee legislature prepares for the special session to reduce COVID-19 restrictions, Republican lawmakers want a wide range of goals to be met. Among the nearly 100 bills tabled Wednesday afternoon, some seek punitive measures against companies with mask or vaccine mandates, while others aim to ban mask warrants in schools. Range :Lawmakers want to restrict schools, businesses and ...

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Tennessee lawmakers consider $ 900 million package for Project Ford

NASHVILLE – Tennessee pledges to spend nearly $ 900 million on incentives, infrastructure work and a new technical college under deal with Ford Motor Co. and South Korean battery maker SK Innovation for a multi-billion battery factory and assembly facility in rural West Tennessee. While the state was known to offer $ 500 million in incentives to businesses, a much ...

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TN Lawmakers Prepare For Ford Incentive Package Special Session

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Big business will take place on Capitol Hill next week as lawmakers prepare to draft multi-million dollar incentive package for Ford Motor Company to build mega-site in the Memphis area . Lawmakers will consider spending nearly $ 500 million on Ford’s investment. The prospect of a mega-site in West Tennessee is long overdue. “This project was ...

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Governor Lee Says Education Key to Fight for Hiring | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – The U.S. Department of Labor shows unemployment claims have fallen to their lowest level since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet businesses across the country and the volunteer state continue to struggle to hire employees. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that there are more than 500,000 jobs available in the ...

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Tennessee GOP lawmaker criticizes colleagues for supporting commercial vaccine mandates

Republican Tennessee lawmaker calls other members of the General Assembly “medical Nazis” for supporting the right of private companies to impose COVID-19 vaccinations on employees – a right some Republican leaders have hoped for keep intact. Representative Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, ruled those mandates discriminatory and urged lawmakers on Tuesday to remove the power from business owners to require employees to ...

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Tennessee leaders to review education funding formula – FOX13 News Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn on Friday announced plans to review how the state funds its multibillion-dollar K-12 education system. Lee and Schwinn hope that principals, families and other members of the public will provide feedback on how the system can be improved over the coming months. While no specific timeline has yet ...

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President of the University of Tennessee, political conservative fundraiser

University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd takes the extraordinary step of organizing a fundraiser for one of the state’s most conservative politicians. In 2018, Boyd told the Nashville Post he would shut down a political action committee he had used to donate tens of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates after becoming president of the university to avoid any potential ...

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program for the benefit of volunteer firefighters in place | Local News

A new program created to support Tennessee volunteer firefighters was highlighted by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office in a press release. The volunteer education incentive program was detailed during Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday and continues through Saturday. The VEIP program was adopted in the previous legislative session by the ...

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New Tennessee license plate revealed

TN.gov NASHVILLE, TN (Press Release) – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has unveiled the next state standard license plate chosen by the Tennessee in a statewide vote. “In our 225th year of statehood, we invited the people of Tennessee to vote and help select the state’s next license plate,” Governor Lee said. “I am proud to announce the winning design that ...

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Tennessee Lieutenant Governor agreed to support COVID-19 special session after rally in his home district

NASHVILLE – On the same day, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and executives from Ford Motor Co. announced last week’s agreement to set up a $ 5.6 billion electric vehicle plant in rural western Tennessee , Conservative opponents of school mask mandates and federal immunization requirements rallied at Lt. Gov. Randy McNally’s hometown of Oak Ridge to pressure Lee and other ...

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Governor Lee Convenes Special Session for Tennessee General Assembly on Historic Ford Investment

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 3:40 p.m. NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee called for the Tennessee General Assembly to meet on Monday, October 18, 2021 for a special session dedicated to the financing, development and oversight of the $ 5.6 billion Ford Motor Company history. investment at the Memphis Regional Megasite. “Our partnership with Ford and SK ...

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Third judge blocks removal of Governor Lee’s mask from schools

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – A third federal judge has blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s order allowing families to step down from school mask warrants. The ruling, released Friday night by U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw, is the latest development in the ongoing legal battle against Lee‘s order launched by parents and advocates alarmed by the surge in coronavirus cases in ...

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Tennessee Department of Education Releases School Report 2020-21

Nashville, Tennessee – The Tennessee Department of Education released the 2020-2021 State Report, an online tool to help parents, families and education stakeholders better understand Tennessee districts and schools and find out how they serve their students. The State Report Card provides stakeholders with information on the performance of schools and districts in Tennessee to inform decisions and strategic investments ...

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Home Education Panels Won’t Hear Hakeem’s Black History Bill – Tennessee Lookout

A joint meeting of House education committees is unlikely to consider Representative Yusuf Hakeem’s Black History Education Bill this week, even though he was told it would be returned. “Perfect” in the summer study. The Chattanooga Democrat sought to increase the grade 5 to 8 black history curriculum earlier this year, but the House Education Instruction Committee voted to send ...

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Gov. Bill Lee calls for “full transparency” of federal government as Tennessee welcomes 415 Afghan refugees

Tennessee should receive at least 415 Afghan refugees in the coming weeks, while Gov. Bill Lee – who says he supports the resettlement of U.S. allies from Afghanistan – calls on the White House to provide detailed information on who will arrive. In an email Wednesday from the US State Department‘s Afghanistan Placement and Assistance Program, obtained by The Tennessean, ...

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Tennessee Gov. Lee wants Biden ‘transparency’ on Afghan refugees

Tennessee is expected to host at least 415 Afghan refugees in the coming weeks, while Governor Bill Lee – who says he supports the resettlement of US allies from Afghanistan – asks the White House to provide detailed information on who will arrive . In an email Wednesday from the US State Department’s Afghanistan Placement and Assistance Program, obtained by ...

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Republican TN lawmakers renew push for special session to counter President Biden’s vaccine mandate | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – There is new pressure for a special session to ban mask and vaccine warrants in Tennessee after President Joe Biden announced he would demand that around 100 million Americans be vaccinated to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 cases. “They have the right to make their choice and we have to organize a special session to bring ...

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Republican TN lawmakers renew push for special session to counter President Biden’s vaccine tenure

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – There is new pressure for a special session to ban mask and vaccine warrants in Tennessee after President Joe Biden announced he would demand that around 100 million Americans be vaccinated to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 cases. “They have the right to make their choice and we have to organize a special session to bring ...

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As states cancel major events due to delta variant, their economies take a hit

A festival in New Orleans. Concerts in Nashville, Tennessee. A comic book convention in Atlanta. As the delta variant increases across the country, states with low COVID vaccination rates are reeling from a loss of tourism dollars due to cancellations and postponements of major events. Big Sam’s Funky Nation performs live in front of a limited crowd amid COVID-19 security ...

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Tennessee leads by example with prudent budgeting

Patrick Gleason is vice president of Americans for Tax Reform. Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is Chief Economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Republicans in Washington may not have much credibility in criticizing the lavishness of Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration, given how much the the federal debt has increased when the GOP was in power. Yet in a moment ...

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Tennessee Expands To-Go Alcohol Sales To Restaurants For Now

NASHVILE, Tennessee (WTVF) – There’s good news if you’ve been enjoying take-out alcohol during the pandemic. A new state law just came into effect on July 1, allowing this to continue on a trial basis for the next two years. Krystal Steigler says that if there had been no alcohol to take away during the lockdown, 12 South Taproom may ...

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Republicans consider dividing Nashville district to win US House seat

In an interview, Cooper acknowledged that Republicans could effectively decide his political fate and warned that they could weaken Nashville’s influence in Washington. “They couldn’t beat me fairly,” Cooper told CNN. “So now they’re trying to gerrymandering me.” “It’s not about me,” he added. “This is about the political future of the Nashvillians. And they deserve their own voice, whoever ...

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Lawsuits say panel is not following new law

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the presiding judge in this case. The trial has been assigned to Davidson County Chancellor Anne C. Martin. A recent review of Tennessee’s parole regulations changes the fundamental approach to early release for defendants who hope to be released from prison after serving their sentence. But a new trial argues the parole ...

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