Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee House advances bill to ban reappointing lawmakers booted for behavior

Feb. 26, 2024 22:41 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republicans in the Tennessee House voted Monday to advance a bill that would prevent local governments from reappointing state lawmakers who were expelled due to behavior. The proposal is one of several restrictions being considered after the GOP's...

California governor launches ads to fight abortion travel bans

Feb. 25, 2024 16:37 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday announced an advertising campaign to combat proposals in several Republican-controlled states to prohibit out-of-state travel for abortions and other reproductive care. The multistate ad campaign and an online...

A Tennessee House panel advances a bill that would criminalize helping minors get abortions

Feb. 13, 2024 19:12 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would be the latest state to make it illegal for an adult to help a minor get an abortion without parental consent under legislation that advanced Tuesday inside the GOP-controlled Statehouse. The proposal stems from the growing push among...

Tennessee GOP could change law to prevent Democrat's simultaneous bids for Senate and statehouse

Feb. 13, 2024 17:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Less than a year after Tennessee Republicans attempted to expel her from the state House, Democrat Gloria Johnson is seeking another term there while simultaneously waging an uphill campaign for U.S. Senate. Republicans are trying to force her to choose...

Tennessee governor pitches school voucher expansion as state revenues stagnate

Feb. 05, 2024 21:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nearly five years after narrowly convincing lawmakers to allow a select number of families to use tax dollars for private schooling, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday stood before the GOP-dominant Legislature with a much more ambitious pitch: Make school vouchers universal...

Tennessee governor's budget plan funds more school vouchers, business tax break, new state parks

Feb. 05, 2024 20:38 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennessee's recent boom years fade with slower tax revenues, Gov. Bill Lee is forging ahead on some big-ticket items in his state budget proposal — among them, a dramatic expansion of taxpayer-funded vouchers to help kids attend private schools, a big tax break for...

Tennessee's strict abortion ban is under pressure, but change is unlikely under GOP control

Feb. 01, 2024 18:06 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After begrudgingly agreeing to tweak Tennessee's strict abortion ban last year, the Republican-dominant Legislature is once again facing pressure to reconsider when doctors can legally offer the procedure to pregnant patients. The push comes as confusion and...

Tennessee Gov. Lee picks Mary Wagner to fill upcoming state Supreme Court vacancy

Feb. 01, 2024 15:47 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday that he has selected Mary L. Wagner to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court. The Republican governor picked Wagner, a circuit court judge in Shelby County, which includes Memphis. The seat is...

Bipartisan Tennessee proposal would ask voters to expand judges' ability to deny bail

Jan. 26, 2024 18:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Tennessee lawmakers on Friday announced their support for a proposed constitutional amendment that would give judges more latitude to hold someone without bail before trial for certain violent criminal charges. House Speaker Cameron...

Felons must get gun rights back if they want voting rights restored, Tennessee officials say

Jan. 23, 2024 21:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state's toughened voting rights restoration policy requires people convicted of a felony to get their gun rights restored before they can become eligible to cast a ballot again, Tennessee’s elections office said Tuesday, confirming a mandate that officials had been...