Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Tennessee House advances bills to loosen gun restrictions

May. 27, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The GOP-led Tennessee House on Wednesday continued committee work to advance several proposals that would allow public college students with permits to carry concealed handguns on campus and eliminate the requirement that residents obtain any permits to carry handguns generally,...

Anti-transgender bill advances as lawmakers return to work

May. 26, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers marked their return to legislative offices Tuesday by advancing an anti-transgender proposal after abruptly recessing three months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak. In March, lawmakers scrambled to approve a newly designed 2020-21 fiscal year budget back...

Tennessee rep: Loud protests near chamber may warrant arrest

May. 22, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Bruce Griffey's hearing is iffy and getting worse with age. Seated in the back of the echo-prone House, the 57-year-old Republican said he struggles to hear proceedings when protests get loud outside the chamber. He said he's had particular trouble hearing over a...

Tennessee legislative staffers to stop working from home

Apr. 29, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's legislative staffers are being called back to work in Nashville after spending nearly six weeks working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Staffers are being asked to return to Cordell Hull, the state’s legislative office building, starting May 4. ...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, center, visits a storm-damaged area Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tornadoes went through the area Sunday, April 12. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Lawmakers pushed Tennessee gov to toughen virus abortion ban

Apr. 21, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee ordered a halt to non-emergency medical services last month due to the coronavirus, GOP lawmakers peppered his office with the same question: What about abortion? The Republican governor publicly insisted he intended to restrict abortions with the order....

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...