Gov. Bill Haslam, center, appears at a press conference on Tuesday following the adjournment of the 107th General Assembly in Nashville. The Republican governor was joined by House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, in lauding the passage of a budget plan that includes cuts to the estate and gift taxes and the sales tax on groceries.
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published Saturday, May 5th, 2012
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NASHVILLE -- Tennessee lawmakers this year passed measures to overhaul state civil service, cut taxes and combat crime, but issues like science and sex education, abortion and guns often wound up grabbing headlines.