A record number of women were elected to statehouses last year. But in the Southeast, where some legislatures are more than 80% male, representation is lagging as lawmakers pass bills that most impact women, like near-total abortion bans.
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The state approved at least seven preemption laws. The city filed lawsuits against four: an attempt to reduce the size of Metro Council by half, the undoing of a charter referendum pertaining to the fairgrounds racetrack demolition and overhauls of the Airport and Sports Authority boards.
As 2023 nears its end, WPLN is looking back at some of its biggest stories of the last year. And, for Nashville’s city government, there is no shortage of pivotal moments — many of which will ripple into the new year, with the new administration.
“As a native Tennessean and a gun owner, I think it’s important to emphasize we are proponents of responsible gun ownership. However, I think it’s important to intervene when there are clear signs that something is wrong,” said co-founder and parent Melissa Alexander.
The news arrives as many third grade parents are outraged over a law that requires third graders who do not meet the state’s standards in language arts to attend a summer school — or risk being held back from fourth grade.
Nashville’s Metro Council is giving itself until April 4 to decide what to do about a new state law, slashing its body in half.