Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Tennessee deadline for candidate qualifying is Thursday

Apr. 2, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The deadline to qualify to run for many offices in this year's elections in Tennessee is quickly approaching. Tennesseans who want to seek a number of state and federal elected offices must file their nominating petitions by noon Thursday. Primary elections for one U.S. Senate...

Accused Tennessee lawmaker reverses, will seek reelection

Apr. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago has reversed course and says he will now seek reelection after all. In a statement this week announcing his reelection bid, Republican Rep. David Byrd did not mention the accusations of sexual misconduct by three women...

State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, wears a mask during House floor proceedings in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, March 19, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Tennessee lawmakers pass budget, recess amid virus outbreak

Mar. 20, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Working in the close quarters health officials advised against, Tennessee lawmakers cut short their 2020 session and won't return until June 1 after passing a dramatically reduced spending plan for the upcoming year in reaction to widespread coronavirus-related disruptions....

Tennessee lawmakers appeal refugee lawsuit to Supreme Court

Mar. 19, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-led Legislature has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider their failed challenge of the federal refugee resettlement program, which claims the state shouldn't be forced to spend money on Medicaid and other services for refugees. The petition this week...

Tennessee Republican Rep. Holt won't seek reelection

Mar. 19, 2020 4:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Andy Holt will not seek reelection this year, the Dresden Republican posted on Facebook on Wednesday. He promised that he will never be too far removed from the political process at home, in Nashville or Washington. The 38-year-old wrote that his decision is rooted...

This Tennessee Department of Transportation's dynamic message sign, on Interstate 24 west, in Chattanooga, Tenn., is encouraging people to limit travel during the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday, March 18, 2020. TDOT signs all along the interstate in Chattanooga had the same message.  (Robin Rudd/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Gov. Lee scales back Tennessee spending amid virus outbreak

Mar. 18, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday proposed funneling money into relief for tornado and health crises, scaling back planned teacher raises, and socking more cash away into reserves, as the state reacted to the global impact of the coronavirus on everyday life. The...

Tennessee Republican Rep. Daniel will not seek reelection

Mar. 18, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Martin Daniel says he will not run for reelection this year. The Republican from Knoxville said in a Facebook post Tuesday that he hopes to stay involved in politics and government in other ways, but he also looks forward to spending more time with his children and...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, right, answers questions concerning the state's response to the coronavirus Monday, March 16, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has asked all schools in Tennessee to close by the end of the week due to coronavirus spreading across the state. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmakers eye quick finish amid virus restrictions

Mar. 17, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that his administration was working to boost benefits and ease access for Tennesseans impacted by the new coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging an economic downturn was likely on the horizon. “We certainly never wanted this day to come and we...

Bill could limit oversight of some private sewer systems

Mar. 14, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Environmental groups are sounding alarms about a proposal that could prevent Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation from regulating how some types of sewage treatment systems are designed and built. TDEC last year proposed minimum design standards for decentralized...

House OKs letting Tenn. gov not sign Confederate general day

Mar. 12, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee would no longer be required by law to sign a proclamation that names a day each year after a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader, according to legislation passed by the state House on Thursday. The unopposed vote in the Republican-led...