Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he has COVID-19

Jul. 11, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state lawmaker says he has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Republican state Rep. Kent Calfee said on Facebook on Friday that both he and his wife have tested positive. The 71-year-old Kingston lawmaker said his wife is receiving...

Venita Lewis, right, leads a demonstration Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn., demanding the removal of a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from inside the State Capitol. The bust of the former Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader has been the center of controversy for years. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmakers adjourn without addressing race, reform

Jun. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Black lawmakers came back to the Capitol earlier this month with a request for their white colleagues: Advance public policy to send modest signals that say, "Yes, Black lives do matter." “You can’t just like black people,” said Rep. Harold...

House members are separated by glass partitions due to the coronavirus pandemic during a House session Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee advances 6-week abortion ban, lawsuit filed

Jun. 19, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amid nationwide unrest and a global pandemic that wrecked the state budget, Tennessee lawmakers advanced one of the strictest abortion bans in the country as most Tennesseans were asleep Friday and largely unaware the GOP-dominant General Assembly had taken up the controversial...

Tennessee leader: Lawmakers reach budget deal, aim to finish

Jun. 18, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers struck a deal Thursday on a state spending plan hampered by the coronavirus economic downturn and are looking to wrap up their session in the evening, a legislative leader said. Republican Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson said the Senate will consider the...

Seats in the gallery overlooking the House chamber are marked off due to the coronavirus pandemic during a House session Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Trading racism claims, Tennessee House stays in tense divide

Jun. 17, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House continued to simmer Wednesday after Republicans spiked a resolution the night before for a young black woman shot and killed this year. Speaker Cameron Sexton even kicked off the morning session by telling leaders of both parties to meet with him afterward....

GOP sen. on LGBT ruling: All Americans 'entitled to dignity'

Jun. 17, 2020 2:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision that protects LGBT people from employment discrimination, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday that every American is “entitled to dignity and respect.” The Tennessee lawmaker shared his reaction with...

Seats in the gallery overlooking the House chamber are marked off due to the coronavirus pandemic during a House session Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tenn. GOP spike resolution honoring black teen shot, killed

Jun. 16, 2020 10:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tensions erupted Tuesday on the Tennessee House floor after Republican lawmakers refused to advance a resolution memorializing a young a black woman shot and killed in her car earlier this year. Democratic members had sought to acknowledge Ashanti Nikole Posey, a 17-year-old girl...

House members are separated by glass partitions due to the coronavirus pandemic during a House session Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmakers clash over budget details

Jun. 16, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are clashing over how to balance the state budget, with the Senate and House opposed on the best way to provide relief to Tennesseans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate lawmakers finished drafting their $39.4 billion spending plan last week, ahead of the...

Thousands participated in a Black Lives Matter march through Alcoa and Maryville, Tenn., Sunday June 7, 2020. The course of the march led attendees from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to the Blount County Courthouse inn Blount County . (Scott Keller/The Daily Times via AP)

Bill would increase penalties for illegal camping, graffiti

Jun. 15, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As protests continue to pop up across the nation over George Floyd's death, Tennessee's House is seeking to significantly increase penalties against demonstrators who violate certain state laws. The legislation is backed by House Speaker Cameron Sexton, a top Republican in the...

Carlee Packard wipes down a table and chairs after customers finished eating at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant Monday, April 27, 2020, in Franklin, Tenn. Monday is the first day Tennessee restaurants can reopen with reduced seating and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee Senate OKs bill to limit coronavirus liability

Jun. 11, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Senate advanced legislation Thursday that would provide nursing homes, grocery stores and other businesses sweeping protections from coronavirus lawsuits. The measure is similar to the growing trend going on in states that have begun to reopen since shutting down...