Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Tennessee lawmakers' 3-day COVID special session cost $136K

Nov. 18, 2021 09:46 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A three-day special session of the state legislature that placed limits on what governments and businesses can do to address the COVID-19 pandemic cost the state $136,643, The Tennessean reported. The amount includes the per diem payments and...

Schools face strict hurdles for mask mandates under new bill

Nov. 01, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee schools will have to jump through even more hoops if they want to implement mask mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under legislation recently approved by the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly. The strict new rules are...

Tennessee mulls putting strict rules on school mask mandates

Nov. 01, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee schools will have to jump through even more hoops if they want to implement mask mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under legislation recently approved by the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly. The strict new rules are...

Sen. Hagerty names Sullivan as new state director

Nov. 01, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty’s office has named Michael Sullivan as his new state director, replacing longtime public official Jim Henry. The Republican senator’s office says Henry plans to retire after a long career that included stints as top...

Tennessee targets virus measures, stop at mask mandate bans

Oct. 30, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s GOP-controlled General Assembly has signed off on a number of measures undercutting COVID-19 protections, while also begrudgingly backing off on threats to revoke a business' ability to enforce mask mandates. Lawmakers approved the...

Cumberland University announces largest single donation

Oct. 29, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Cumberland University in Tennessee has announced the largest single donation ever given to the school, a $5 million gift from a graduate. The Lebanon university said Thursday that Millard V. Oakley, 91, and his wife J.J. have committed to donating...

Tennessee GOP lawmakers sprint in bid to curb COVID rules

Oct. 28, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee could be voting within days on whether to ban most businesses from solely requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for their customers and workers and severely limit when companies and government entities — including schools — can...

Indicted senator steps aside as education chairman

Oct. 27, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee senator who was recently indicted on charges that he violated federal campaign finance laws announced Wednesday that he will step aside as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Earlier this month, a federal grand jury in...

DAs to school boards, Tennessee COVID session takes wide aim

Oct. 26, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are gearing up to take a broad swipe at officials who have had a role in maintaining COVID-19 pandemic protections, from school boards that passed mask mandates to a prosecutor who has pledged not to enforce the governor's order...

Tennessee senator indicted on campaign cash scheme charges

Oct. 25, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator and a Nashville social club owner were indicted on charges that they violated campaign finance laws by illegally concealing the transfer of $91,000 during the Republican lawmaker’s 2016 failed congressional campaign, federal investigators...