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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:41 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Saggy Pants Bill Headed to Governor's Desk

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A measure that would prohibit students from dressing indecently in school is headed to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's desk for his consideration.  The Senate passed the proposal 29-0 on Monday evening, and the House approved it 81-9 shortly afterward.  The legislation seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."  A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:37 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Governor Haslam May Sign Evolution Bill

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he may sign a proposal critics deride as the "monkey bill" for once again attacking evolution.  The measure would protect teachers who allow students to criticize scientific theories like evolution.  It’s headed to the governor after passing the Senate last month and the House last year.  When asked by a reporter Monday if he's leaning toward signing the measure, Haslam said "probably so."  Haslam says he's talked with the State Board of Education about whether the bill will affect the current curriculum and what's being taught in schools regarding evolut

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:31 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Haslam Proposes Bigger Food Tax Cut

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Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam is proposing a greater reduction in the states' sales tax on groceries as part of his final amendment to his annual spending plan.  Haslam says  he’s included an additional $3.3 million dollars in the budget proposal to drop the state sales tax on groceries from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent.

Government
4:54 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Kentucky Fourth District Battle

As primary campaigns in Kentucky warm up, the highest-profile one is turning into a responsibility blame game.

State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington is six Republicans vying to replace outgoing Fourth Congressional District Congressman Geoff Davis.

And one of her opponents, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, is criticizing Webb-Edgington for missing crucial votes on the state budget last week.

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2012 General Assembly
11:50 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Prescription Pill Bill Stalls in Legislature

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Confusion and last-minute lobbying have potentially derailed what some Kentucky lawmakers considered the hallmark of the current legislative session.

House Bill 4 is better known as the prescription pill bill. It's centerpiece is the transfer of the KASPER drug tracking system to the attorney general’s office.

Late last week, it appeared lawmakers had struck a last-minute deal to pass the bill before this week's recess. But confusion about which amended version of HB4 was up for a vote mired them in procedural minutiae.

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Tennessee
7:59 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Haslam Measure on Selecting Judges Awaiting Action

When the top three Republicans in the Tennessee statehouse coalesced behind a plan to cement the state's current selection process for Supreme Court justices into the state constitution, there seemed to be a smooth path ahead for getting the measure before voters in 2014.  Two months later, their proposal has made little progress as some Republican lawmakers have embraced a rival proposal, while others want to allow contested elections to take place.  A proposal is advancing in the Legislature to impose a federal-style system of having the governor make nominations to the high court's bench

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Tennessee
7:45 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Saggy Pants Bill to be Heard by House, Senate

A measure that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House and Senate this evening.  The bill seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."  A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
7:34 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Lawmakers Bust Myth with Open Budget Negotiations

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Kentucky lawmakers busted a myth late last week when they reached agreement on a $19 billion state budget without retreating out of public view.  In the past, negotiators have worked out details of the Commonwealth's budget behind closed doors with shades down, hallways roped off and state troopers standing guard.  Negotiators this year allowed Kentucky Educational Television cameras to run throughout the proceedings.

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
2:52 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Road Plan Vote Delayed to Last Day of Session

Kentucky lawmakers are unlikely to approve new two-year and six-year road plans in time to override any gubernatorial vetoes.

The conference committee working on the plans did not come to a compromise late last night, significantly decreasing the potential for a deal today.

The plans fund many projects, including the widening of Interstate 65, the expansion of the Mountain Parkway and portions of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville.

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2012 General Assembly
1:55 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance Loan Bill

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The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan.

And despite concerns that the Senate amendments would derail the proposal, the bill’'s original House sponsor has agreed to the changes.

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