Tennessee is remodeling it’s franchise tax, which businesses pay to operate in the state. Along with the reform, they are planning to set aside more than a billion dollars for companies who have raised concerns about the way the tax is calculated.
A draft bill on Gov. Bill Lee’s private school voucher plan was posted on the General Assembly web site and then removed Monday. The bill still has time to be amended, but many who saw the draft have noted recipients would receive more money than the state spends on some public school students.
Members of the public were met with resistance when trying to enter one of two balconies; Democratic members were singled out for talking too much; and the Republican Speaker was given new powers to set time limits on debates.
Each year, lawmakers vote on a rules package that lays out the policies and procedures that must be followed. In the past, approving rules was not contentious, for the most part. But the current leadership has made several changes limiting speech on the Tennessee House floor.
The Tennessee General Assembly began its 2024 legislative session Tuesday. In the House, new procedures were put in place that limit the public’s access to floor hearings.
A Davidson County judge ruled that the Tennessee General Assembly does not have to release files related to sexual harassment complaints against state lawmakers.
Tennessee politics got national attention in 2023. There were protests, expulsions, culture wars and one official’s interesting social media activity brought to light. Below is a list of some of the top events from the year.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, Tennessee’s statehouse and Nashville’s city hall are pushing for a change to state law that would make it easier to detain people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. But experts say that could leave the criminal justice system’s most vulnerable at greater risk.
Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton says the Senate’s refusal to pass mental health legislation during special session played a factor in the fatal shooting of Belmont University student Jillian Ludwig. Senators on both sides of the aisle refute the claim and look to pass laws to prevent future tragedies.
Lawmakers will meet at the capitol Monday to examine the impact that federal education funding has on the state and what restrictions are attached to it. The move comes as some are pushing for the state to reject the funding.