Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Opponents warn a Tennessee abortion ban will cost taxpayers

Aug. 13, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers were warned Tuesday that, should the GOP-controlled Legislature choose to pass one of the strictest abortion bans in the nation, taxpayers will likely be forced to pick up cost of the losing battle. Abortion rights groups threatened to sue the state during the...

Tennessee lawmakers mull passing strict abortion ban

Aug. 12, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers said Monday they are considering whether to seek one of the nation's strictest abortion bans even as such laws continue to be struck down in court. At issue is a proposal to prohibit abortion once a pregnancy is detected. While a similar bill stalled in the...

Embattled Tennessee speaker resigns from leadership role

Aug. 2, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker has officially resigned from his leadership role after being plagued for months by multiple scandals involving explicit text messages. Rep. Glen Casada agreed to step aside as speaker on Friday. The GOP caucus had voted in May that they no longer...

Embattled Tennessee DA says activist's email not doctored

Jul. 25, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A special prosecutor said Thursday that the office of the now-outgoing Tennessee House speaker did not doctor a black activist's email to frame him for a bond violation, marking the latest in a series of developments that began when a glass of iced tea was allegedly hurled at the...

US appeals court rules against Tennessee refugee challenge

Jul. 24, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled against Tennessee lawmakers Wednesday in their lawsuit that claimed the federal refugee resettlement program improperly forces the state to spend money on additional services for the newcomers, including health care and education. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court...

Tennessee House GOP nominates new speaker after scandal

Jul. 24, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans nominated a new leader Wednesday as part of their latest attempt to calm the mounting controversies surrounding the GOP-controlled chamber, which has been plagued by scandals involving its outgoing speaker. After multiple rounds of voting at the state...

State representative resigns after casting vote for speaker

Jul. 24, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker has resigned from the state legislature, saying he needs to spend more time with his family and tend to his winery business. News outlets report 59-year-old Rep. Bill Sanderson, R-Kenton, announced his retirement would take effect at noon Wednesday. He was...

The Latest: Tennessee House GOP nominates Sexton for speaker

Jul. 24, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House speaker nomination (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Tennessee House Republican lawmakers have nominated Rep. Cameron Sexton to replace the current speaker who is slated to resign over mounting scandals. After four rounds of voting Wednesday morning at...

Tennessee House speaker denies voucher vote-buying claims

Jul. 22, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outgoing Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is denying allegations of vote-buying attempts on an education voucher bill. Casada posted Sunday on Facebook that any allegation against his office about a quid pro quo on that bill or others is unequivocally false. Several allegations...

Tennessee senator faces unethical medical conduct charges

Jul. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials are accusing a Tennessee Republican lawmaker of engaging in unethical conduct as a physician and are urging the state to take disciplinary actions. In June, the Department of Health submitted the charges against Sen. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald to the Board of Medical...