Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks about protecting seniors, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tennessee gov proposes $284M more in budget cuts next year

Jun. 4, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is proposing another $284 million in budget cuts next year due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican’s team said Thursday the cuts would be in addition to $397 million in recurring costs removed...

People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

House panel passes bill limiting private sewer oversight

Jun. 2, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A House panel on Tuesday passed a bill that would block Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation from regulating how some types of sewage treatment systems are designed and built. Decentralized wastewater systems are often used where municipal sewers are not...

Tennessee House advance abortion ‘reversal’ bill

Jun. 1, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House on Monday advanced a proposal requiring providers to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway or face felony charges. Medical groups say that claim isn’t backed up by science and that there is little information about the reversal...

Tennessee House advances bills to loosen gun restrictions

May. 27, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The GOP-led Tennessee House on Wednesday continued committee work to advance several proposals that would allow public college students with permits to carry concealed handguns on campus and eliminate the requirement that residents obtain any permits to carry handguns generally,...

Anti-transgender bill advances as lawmakers return to work

May. 26, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers marked their return to legislative offices Tuesday by advancing an anti-transgender proposal after abruptly recessing three months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak. In March, lawmakers scrambled to approve a newly designed 2020-21 fiscal year budget back...

Tennessee rep: Loud protests near chamber may warrant arrest

May. 22, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Bruce Griffey's hearing is iffy and getting worse with age. Seated in the back of the echo-prone House, the 57-year-old Republican said he struggles to hear proceedings when protests get loud outside the chamber. He said he's had particular trouble hearing over a...

Tennessee legislative staffers to stop working from home

Apr. 29, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's legislative staffers are being called back to work in Nashville after spending nearly six weeks working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Staffers are being asked to return to Cordell Hull, the state’s legislative office building, starting May 4. ...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, center, visits a storm-damaged area Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tornadoes went through the area Sunday, April 12. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Lawmakers pushed Tennessee gov to toughen virus abortion ban

Apr. 21, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee ordered a halt to non-emergency medical services last month due to the coronavirus, GOP lawmakers peppered his office with the same question: What about abortion? The Republican governor publicly insisted he intended to restrict abortions with the order....