published Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Haslam yanks his limited school voucher bill to prevent expansion by legislative Republicans

Bill Haslam
Bill Haslam
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NASHVILLE — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said today he has pulled Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s school voucher bill from consideration today because GOP members of the Senate Education Committee were determined to expand it.

“I have just by letter hand-delivered to the [Education Committee] chair advised the committee that the bill will not advance this year,” Norris told reporters late this afternoon.

Norris, who was carrying the governor’s bill, said he met with Haslam earlier after receiving “word that there would be more amendments all of which attempted to broaden the governor’s initiative beyond what he feels is appropriate.”

It was unclear whether Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, and Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, would seek to push their own voucher bill. Norris noted today was scheduled to be the committee’s last day of meetings.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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