house health committee http://wkms.org en Tennessee Bill Linking Welfare to School Progress Advances http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-bill-linking-welfare-school-progress-advances <p></p><p>A House committee has approved a measure linking a family's welfare benefits to student performance a day after Gov. Bill Haslam expressed serious reservations about the measure. The House Health Committee voted 10-8 Wednesday to advance the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Vance Dennis.</p><p>The measure would cut monthly benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program if a child fails to "maintain satisfactory academic progress." Supporters say that those cuts could be avoided if parents attend conferences with teachers, take parenting classes or enroll their children in tutoring programs or summer school. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:51:33 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30140 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Bill Linking Welfare to School Progress Advances Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Passes Committee http://wkms.org/post/statewide-smoking-ban-bill-passes-committee <p><font size="2">A proposal for a Kentucky statewide smoking ban has cleared its first hurdle. The House Health and Welfare committee passed the bill today.<br /><br /> The bill was expected to pass easily, but a few Republicans did vote against the measure because of concern for individual property rights.<br /><br /> Lexington doctor Sylvia Cerel-Suhl supports the ban. She says it&#39;s her right to go out in public and not be subjected to second-hand smoke.<br /> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:39:48 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17249 at http://wkms.org Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Passes Committee