Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Tennessee governor: Lawmaker should address allegations

May. 23, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor said Thursday that it's "past time" for a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct to address the allegations publicly. The statement by Gov. Bill Lee came after months of declining to answer questions about what should be done in response to the claims lodged...

Lawmakers eye replacing embattled Tennessee House speaker

May. 23, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A handful of lawmakers are throwing their name into the race to be Tennessee's next House speaker. House Speaker Glen Casada has announced this week he will resign after his GOP caucus held a 45-24 secret ballot vote declaring members didn't have confidence in his ability to lead...

Tennessee leader says he believes sex assault allegations

May. 22, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A key Republican leader who is next in line to take over the Tennessee House said on Wednesday he believes the women who have accused a Republican member of sexual misconduct. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn said it is the speaker's responsibility to investigate the claims three women...

Questions remain as Tennessee speaker promises to resign

May. 22, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Looming questions remain after Tennessee's House Speaker Glen Casada promised to resign from his leadership position, an unprecedented move meant to contain political scandals inside the Republican-controlled Statehouse. Just when Casada will meet with legislative leaders to...

Tennessee House speaker to resign amid text message scandal

May. 21, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker said Tuesday that he plans to resign from his leadership post following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages. The move is unprecedented in Tennessee's modern political era. The last speaker...

Tennessee's House Speaker Glen Casada says he plans to resign following a no confidence vote by his Republican caucus

May. 21, 2019 10:14 AM EDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's House Speaker Glen Casada says he plans to resign following a no confidence vote by his Republican caucus.

Tennessee House speaker shrugs off 'no confidence' vote

May. 20, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday said he was ready to call lawmakers back to Nashville for a special legislative session following a historic vote of no confidence in Speaker Glen Casada over a series of scandals engulfing him. However, the embattled Republican has thus far...

The Latest: Tennessee governor ready to call special session

May. 20, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the scandals involving Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he's ready to call a special session if House Speaker Glen Casada does not step aside from his leadership position after receiving a no-confidence vote...

Speaker scandal revives scrutiny of Tennessee lawmakers

May. 18, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As calls for the Tennessee House speaker's resignation intensify amid a scandal involving racist and sexually explicit texts, the GOP-dominant statehouse once again finds itself grappling with a culture that some say is harmful to women and people of color. The turmoil — just...

Former Tennessee top aide to stay on payroll until July

May. 17, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July. House Speaker Glen Casada accepted Chief of Staff...