In a late-night, last-minute vote, the Tennessee Senate passed what would become one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country. The measure (SB2196/HB2263) had been championed by Gov. Bill Lee, although he said it was not a priority once the coronavirus pandemic struck in the state.
The Tennessee Senate passed a new $39.4 billion budget Thursday that includes more than $300 million in cuts due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The House is expected to vote on it next week.
Tennessee’s legislature approved a fast-tracked budget of about $39.8 billion late Thursday night after a marathon day of activity and as the state responds to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The amount is about $900 million less than what was initially proposed by Gov. Bill Lee’s administration.
Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly are calling on Gov. Bill Lee to increase the state’s spending on public schools. They claim an increase in the school funding formula is the first step to improving literacy rates.
Listen / State lawmakers took the first step Monday toward eliminating the subpoena powers of police oversight boards like the one recently formed in Nashville. The proposal also restricts another key aspect of the group: its diversity requirement.
Nashville Democrat Jeff Yarbro has been elected to be the new Senate minority leader. At the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership elections Tuesday afternoon, Yarbro said that, although the caucus is made up of only five people, they represent about 40 percent of the state’s residents.
Lawmakers wiped away tears Thursday as they honored retiring state Senator Doug Henry – the longest-serving legislator in Tennessee history.