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NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers ended their annual session Thursday by passing a flurry of last-minute measures, including a bill aimed at bringing peaceful resolution to many cities' yearslong failure to share liquor taxes with local school systems.

NASHVILLE — A bill designed to bring peaceful resolution to Tennessee cities' years-long failure to share liquor taxes with local school systems is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

NASHVILLE -- After months of wrangling, a bill limiting the amounts of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines Tennesseans can buy without a prescription is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to let senators double the amount of campaign contributions they get from special interests and individual donors over the four-year course of their term belly flopped in the House this afternoon.

NASHVILLE — Legislation implementing a one-year delay in the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core curriculum is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — A bill overhauling Erlanger Health System’s board and removing Chattanooga city government’s long-held seats on the panel is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee would be ready to electrocute death row inmates should lethal injection drugs be unavailable under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

NASHVILLE — House members this afternoon approved a conference committee report implementing a one-year delay in the testing of Tennessee's Common Core education standards. Tennessee House members OK report implementing delay of Common Core education standards

Gov. Bill Haslam this week signed legislation by two Hamilton County lawmakers that ends Tennessee cities' ability to annex by ordinance.

Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy maintained his campaign fundraising lead over incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in the first three months of 2014, according to the candidates' latest disclosures.

NASHVILLE -- The House took final action today on a measure expected to save local governments money on some jail inmate medical costs, sending the bill to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE -- No fuss, no muss, no debate: in one fell swoop, the state House this morning passed a measure overhauling Erlanger Health System's board along with 68 other local bills and resolutions.

NASHVILLE -- House members this afternoon approved a conference committee report implementing a one-year delay in the testing of Tennessee's Common Core education standards.

A last-minute bill scheduled for a vote today in the General Assembly could overhaul Erlanger Health System’s board and remove Chattanooga city government’s long-held seats on the panel.

NASHVILLE — State legislators from Hamilton County are moving a bill in the General Assembly that strips appointments by Chattanooga as well as Hamilton County’s two Chancery Court judges to Erlanger Health System’s board of trustees.

NASHVILLE -- A bill that makes it easier for parents to decide the future direction of a struggling school is dead for the year.

NASHVILLE -- The State Board of Education will be able to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards under a bill headed to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — With no discussion, the House today sent to Gov. Bill Haslam a bill authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee House gave final approval this afternoon to a controversial bill that allows the State Board of Education to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards.

NASHVILLE -- A top Tennessee School Board Association official said today the group has reservations about a bill seeking to address many cities' failure to pay liquor taxes to local education agencies for years.

NASHVILLE -- The state House today sent Gov. Bill Haslam a bill providing courts direction on using public nuisance laws to bar criminal gang members from specifically designated public areas like parks and neighborhoods.

NASHVILLE — Like weary boxers entering the 12th round of a hard fight, Tennessee lawmakers return today for what members hope is the final week of their annual legislative session.

With talks stalled and a potential change in state law threatening the mounting tab owed to the Hamilton County school system over past-due liquor taxes, school officials filed a lawsuit against Chattanooga on Friday as a safeguard.

NASHVILLE — State lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a $32.4 billion spending plan for 2014-2015 after majority Republicans fended off Democrats' attempts to partially restore pay raises for teachers and state employees.

An attorney for a Chattanooga anti-union group said Thursday he expects challenges to emerge to some of the two dozen United Auto Workers' subpoenas issued this week in its appeal of the Volkswagen plant's union election.

NASHVILLE — The state's $32.4 billion budget is on its way to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam after the Senate took final action on the governor's recommended spending plan.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee House passed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's recommended $32.4 billion budget this afternoon after beating back Democratic efforts to restore planned teacher and employee pay raises scrapped by revenue shortfalls.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Democratic Party today informed state election officials that anti-gay rights activist Mark Clayton should not be allowed to run for governor as a Democrat.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday took a historic step and approved legislation allowing a limited hospital study of whether cannabis oil is effective in treating certain types of intractable seizures.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate today approved legislation authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures

NASHVILLE — Legislation altering the boundary line between Marion and Franklin counties is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam after the House took final action on the bill today.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee House today approved a bill compromise today limiting the amounts of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines consumers can buy in an effort to curb its use in illegal methamphetamine production.

NASHVILLE — Any Tennessean who can legally have a firearm would be able to carry a handgun openly with no need for any state-issued permit under a bill that whizzed through the Senate on Tuesday.

NASHVILLE — School districts that own their own school buses may get some relief as a new bill approved by the Tennessee General Assembly will allow school buses to stay on the road longer.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam's school voucher proposal, which would affect Hamilton County schools, is headed for a Senate floor vote after clearing a key Senate hurdle today.

NASHVILLE — Take that, United Nations: Tennessee Republican legislators don't need you around observing their elections anyhow.

NASHVILLE — State senators today overwhelming approved a bill allowing any gun owner to carry a handgun openly with no need for a state-issued permit so long as they are not legally barred from owning a firearm.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said today he doesn't favor Volkswagen recognizing the United Auto Workers based on union authorization cards after plant employees narrowly voted against unionization in February.

The Tennessee Senate today passed legislation providing structure to cities' efforts to use state public nuisance laws to bar criminal gang members from specifically designated public areas like parks and neighborhoods.

NASHVILLE — A bill requiring Gov. Bill Haslam to reverse course on tying teacher licensure to student learning gains is now on its way to the governor's desk for consideration.

NASHVILLE -- Older Tennessee school buses will be able to stay on the road longer under a bill barreling toward Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — A bill granting in-state college tuition to U.S.-born Tennessee high school graduates whose parents are living in the country illegally is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — Senators are slated to act this week on a bill that provides statutory guidance for courts using Tennessee’s public nuisance law to keep criminal gang members out of public areas like parks and neighborhoods.

NASHVILLE — After watching anti-gay rights activist Mark Clayton unexpectedly capture the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 2012, a state party panel is anxious to avoid a repeat in the governor's race this year.

All the players in the 2014 election season have taken the field. And four incumbent state legislators from Hamilton County can just ease along this election season if they like.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to let for-profit companies run public charter schools failed Thursday morning in a House panel after Republican Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, a long-time champion of charters, spoke against it.

NASHVILLE — Seems like everybody's interested in running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this year as the former governor, one-time U.S. Education Secretary and two-time presidential hopeful seeks a third Senate term.

NASHVILLE — Lawmakers today gave final approval today to a bill that permits local court officials across the state to add on an additional fee if they have to use an outside collection agency to pursue unpaid criminal court fines and fees.

NASHVILLE -- Efforts to let for-profit companies run public charter schools failed this morning in a House panel after Republican Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, a long-time champion of charters, spoke out against it.

NASHVILLE — Legislation ending Tennessee's 59-year-old "forced annexation" law is heading for Gov. Bill Haslam's desk after overwhelmingly passing the House on Wednesday.

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