The Tennessee legislature approved Thursday a slate of bills meant to improve literacy among students, as well as hold schools harmless during the pandemic. One of the measures headed to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk allows schools to hold back third graders if they don’t read at grade level. In Tennessee, about 64% of third graders […]
The measure is meant to push school districts to go back to in-person learning — an issue that has had the support from Gov. Bill Lee and other Republicans in the state.
Gov. Bill Lee has not yet decided whether he should call for a special session. But, the Republican told reporters Tuesday it might be needed in order for lawmakers to pass a measure that would protect businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits.
Ashanti Nikole Posey — that was the name of the teenager whom a group of Tennessee representatives were trying to memorialize Tuesday night.
The Tennessee General Assembly will go on a recess soon to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The decision came a day after Gov. Bill Lee met with the speakers of the Senate and House to discuss postponing business.
Gov. Bill Lee’s criminal justice reform task force unveiled 23 policy recommendations Thursday afternoon. The suggestions range from expanding educational opportunities in prison to rewriting the state’s sentencing code. Now, it’s up to lawmakers to decide which proposals will make it onto the legislative agenda.
Listen / On the eve of the election of a new House speaker, Republican lawmakers chose to Rep. Jeremy Faison as the new caucus chairman.
Listen / The recent back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio have prompted a national conversation on gun control laws. One of the measures being discussed, both nationally and at the state level, are so-called “red flag” laws.
Listen / Police oversight boards in Tennessee will not be completely stripped of the ability to issue subpoenas. But they won’t be able to exercise the power without a little help, according to a compromise reached Monday by state lawmakers.
Listen / A federal appeals court is considering whether Tennessee should have the ability to take away the driver’s licenses of individuals who can’t pay fines. But, state lawmakers are not waiting for that ruling.