NASHVILLE — A bill allowing Hamilton County to cremate instead of bury local residents who die penniless is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam after finally passing the Senate.
The bill, sponsored by Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson, passed 28-3. The House approved the bill, requested by Hamilton County officials, last month.
Last week, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, requested the bill be delayed in light of the Hamilton County Commission’s refusal to put the overhaul of Erlanger hospital’s governance to an “up-or-down” vote.
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, ...