Bill Haslam

Tennessee Government
8:35 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Haslam Signs Tennessee $31 Billion Spending Plan

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed the state's more than $31 billion dollar annual spending plan. The budget includes a reduced sales tax on groceries, an increase in the exemption for the inheritance tax, and enhanced penalties for gang and gun crimes. 

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Tennessee Education
8:57 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Tennessee Parents Can Opt Kids Out of Extracurricular Activites

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a measure allowing parents to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities.  

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Tennessee Law
8:50 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Tennessee Cracks Down on Tattoos

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proposal cracking down on the tattooing of minors into law.  The law makes it illegal for anyone who is unlicensed to possess tattooing paraphernalia. 

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Haslam's Second Legislative Session No Slam Dunk

In the months following his first legislative session, freshman Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was able to boast in speeches about unanimous approval of his budget plan and a near perfect record with his legislative agenda.  The Republican's sophomore effort wasn't quite as much of a slam dunk.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:48 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Haslam Vetoes Nondiscrimination Bill

The governor has vetoed a measure that tried to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious groups from its nondiscrimination policy. The university's so-called "all-comers" policy requires student groups at the school to allow any interested students to join and run for office. Some religious groups have waged a high-profile battle to overturn it. Haslam says he disagrees the universities policy, but he says it's "inappropriate for government to mandate the policies of a private institution." The veto is Haslam's first since he took office in 2010.

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:44 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Governor Haslam Won't Sign Foreign Employment Limit Bill

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he will allow a bill seeking to limit the number of foreign workers at charter schools to become law without his signature. Haslam says he questions the constitutionality of the measure and doesn't want to harm the state's efforts to improve education standards. But he notes the bill is "permissive and not mandatory," so he will let it become law while he asks for a formal legal opinion from the attorney general. 

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:48 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Tennessee Lawmakers Adjourn Legislative Session

The Tennessee General Assembly has adjourned without a final showdown over a contentious gun issue. A bill seeking to allow employees to store weapons in their vehicles parked on company lots was opposed by Governor Bill Haslam and the Republican speakers of the House and Senate, and lawmakers avoided bringing it to the floor in the final day of the session.

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Morning Cram
10:12 am
Fri April 27, 2012

the morning cram [they took our jobs edition]

It seems European leader isn't a steady career. 

NPR reports amid economic struggles, European voters are giving their leaders the boot.

Kentucky ~ No pull for ALEC here.

Illinois ~ The fight against fracking continues.

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
8:44 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Tennessee House Approves Spending Plan

The Tennessee House has passed Governor Bill Haslam's $30.4 billion dollar spending plan after rejecting several efforts to restore programs and make a greater reduction in the state's sales tax on groceries. The chamber voted 66-30 yesterday to pass the bill. Approval was delayed by more than an hour by a spirited debate over Haslam's plan to close a Youth Development Center in Bledsoe County. But after a break - and heavy lobbying by Republican leaders and Haslam staffers - the chamber moved on. The Senate has yet to vote on its version of the spending plan.

4:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Governor Expresses Concerns over Charter Schools Bill

Tenn Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.

The Republican governor says he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers.

Haslam says the state is trying to promote more science, technology, engineering and math classes in the state, and he doesn't want to close off a potential pipeline of teachers with expertise in those subjects.