Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee House advances gym tax repeal bill

Mar. 21, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers aren't breaking a sweat over a proposal designed to repeal a $10 million amusement tax on gym memberships. House members unanimously agreed to sign off on the measure on Thursday. The bill must now clear the Senate. The proposal is backed by Gov. Bill Lee, who...

Bill to provide more scrutiny on public records exemptions

Mar. 21, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Proposals seeking to create more exemptions to Tennessee's public records law would face more scrutiny under legislation advancing in the statehouse. House lawmakers unanimously advanced the bill on Thursday. Republican Rep. Jason Zachary of Knoxville says his measure requires any...

Tennessee House passes contentious anti-discrimination bill

Mar. 21, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's GOP-dominated House on Thursday approved an anti-discrimination business bill that some critics say is dangerous for LGBTQ people. According to the bill, cities and state agencies would be banned from taking "discriminatory action" against businesses if they have...

Bill to nix 1 court death penalty review goes to governor

Mar. 21, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee appears ready to sign into law a measure that could speed up the implementation of a death sentence. The change would come at a point when Tennessee has resumed putting inmates to death after a nearly decade-long hiatus, even though U.S. executions are hovering near...

Tennessee felon voting rights restoration bill advances

Mar. 21, 2019 4:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A House panel voted Wednesday to advance Republican Rep. Michael Curcio's bill to lift Tennessee's unique requirement for formerly incarcerated...

Tennessee lawmakers scale back charter school proposal

Mar. 20, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday significantly scaled back Gov. Bill Lee's pitch to make it easier to open high-quality charter schools and shutter poor performing ones. Lee, a Republican who took office in January, proposed the initiative during his first State of the State...

Democrat who backed heartbeat bill loses endorsement

Mar. 20, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials with Planned Parenthood say they have withdrawn their support of a Tennessee Democrat who voted in favor of a bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday it...

Nashville's SmileDirectClub announces 2,000 new jobs

Mar. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has announced Nashville-based SmileDirectClub will hire more than 2,000 employees over the next five years as part of plan to expand its headquarters and facilities in Tennessee. Lee said Wednesday that the company's $217 million investment will create new jobs in...

Tennessee panel kills anti-birthright citizenship resolution

Mar. 20, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A resolution that commends President Donald Trump for wanting to end the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship has suffered defeat in Tennessee. A state House panel voted 4-3 Wednesday to reject Republican Rep. Bruce Griffey's resolution. Three Republicans and a...

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams talks 2020, voter suppression

Mar. 20, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams is willing to meet with any candidate running for president in 2020, but warned she has two ground rules before she starts meeting with the wide range of Democratic hopefuls "My two requirements," Abrams said Tuesday at Vanderbilt University in Nashville....