Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Panel picks ex-state senator to return to Tennessee Senate

Jan. 15, 2019 5:49 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A county commission has picked ex-state Sen. Rosalind Kurita of Clarksville to fill the Tennessee Senate opening left by new Republican Congressman Mark Green. According to the Leaf Chronicle , the Montgomery County Commission selected Kurita out of 12 applicants for the seat...

Tennessee seeks OK from feds for TennCare work requirements

Jan. 12, 2019 10:55 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is asking President Donald Trump's administration to join the ranks of states requiring able-bodied, low-income adults to work, volunteer or take classes in order to keep their government-funded health care. At the direction of the GOP-led state Legislature, Tennessee has...

Tennessee House to require 2 lawmakers to file complaints

Jan. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House signed off Thursday on a proposal dictating that ethics complaints must be co-signed by at least two lawmakers before they can be filed. It's a change the sponsor says is based on the Bible. "It's a biblical standard that we've seen used many times ... Anytime...

Tennessee House sees big changes to committees

Jan. 10, 2019 2:58 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Republican lawmaker who has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women was tapped Thursday to lead a legislative education panel. House Speaker Glen Casada picked Rep. David Byrd of Waynesboro to oversee the education administration subcommittee. The change was...

Tennessee lawmakers re-elect treasurer, comptroller

Jan. 9, 2019 10:57 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have re-elected the state treasurer and comptroller to their sixth two-year terms. The GOP-led House and Senate voted during a joint session Wednesday to retain Treasurer David Lillard and Comptroller Justin Wilson. Lillard and Wilson were both first elected in...

Tennessee Legislature picks its leaders, kicks off session

Jan. 8, 2019 5:46 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers picked their leaders and gaveled in for a legislative session Tuesday, kicking off a new year of work with a booming freshman class and a new governor about to take office. Beyond the first day's standard ceremonial and procedural events, the House GOP also moved...

The Latest: Tennessee lawmakers sworn in, elect top leaders

Jan. 8, 2019 2:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the first day of the Tennessee legislative session (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Tennessee lawmakers have officially voted in their top legislative leaders to oversee the House and Senate for the next two years. On Tuesday, House Republicans and a small handful of...

Detective: Woman convicted as teen shouldn't get clemency

Dec. 21, 2018 3:09 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's office is being inundated with letters and pleas as he considers granting clemency to a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute. Several Democratic Tennessee lawmakers have held events calling for Haslam to offer mercy to...

State lawmakers urge clemency for woman convicted as teen

Dec. 14, 2018 4:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several Democratic Tennessee lawmakers are urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to grant clemency to a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute. Newly elected Nashville Sen. Brenda Gilmore led a group Friday calling for 30-year-old Cyntoia Brown's...

Lawmakers urge more scrutiny on public records exemptions

Dec. 13, 2018 4:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small group of Tennessee lawmakers is recommending more scrutiny for all future public records exemptions. Lawmakers on the Open Records Ad Hoc Committee met for the final time Thursday after spending the past few months reviewing the state's policy on withholding documents from...