Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Black lawmakers say Tennessee GOP ignores racism concerns

Jan. 25, 2022 17:06 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first month back at the state Capitol has felt frustratingly familiar for Black lawmakers in Tennessee’s majority-white Legislature. First, lawmakers passed a new congressional map scattering Nashville’s Black voters across multiple districts. Now, a...

Lawmakers send US House map splitting Nashville to Gov. Lee

Jan. 24, 2022 20:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee on Monday completed their rapid passage of a new U.S. House map that splits booming, Democratic-tilted Nashville and its Black voters three ways, leaving it up to the governor to sign off on the new congressional lines. The...

3 wounded in shooting outside Waffle House in Tennessee

Jan. 23, 2022 11:52 AM EST

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three people were wounded in a shooting outside a Waffle House early Sunday in the Tennessee city of Clarksville, authorities said. Police went to a Waffle House at about 3 a.m. after receiving calls about the shooting, Clarksville spokesman Scott Beaubien...

Tennessee ethics panel advances ouster of convicted senator

Jan. 20, 2022 15:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Senate's ethics committee on Thursday recommended removing a Democratic senator from office because of her recent wire fraud conviction, pressing ahead over her objections that she had short notice of the hearing and is still awaiting...

Redistricting, schools cash formula anchor Tennessee session

Jan. 11, 2022 14:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers kicked off their annual session Tuesday in Nashville with a focus on addressing how the state funds public schools, redrawing state legislative and congressional maps, and finalizing a new spending plan for the upcoming year. The...

Lawmaker apologizes after apparent try to 'pants' referee

Jan. 05, 2022 19:59 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Tennessee House Republican lawmaker has apologized for losing his temper and being ejected from watching a high school basketball game after a confrontation with a referee. The dustup included what appeared to be either a feigned or failed attempt at pulling down the...

Tennessee House panel adopts new redistricting plan

Dec. 17, 2021 17:11 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee House panel on Friday advanced a new map of the state representative districts despite objections from some lawmakers concerned that the proposal places several Democratic incumbents into the same districts. If enacted, Democratic lawmakers in...

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...