Property Rights & Land-Use Planning

State troopers set up no-refusal checkpoints over the Labor Day weekend under a law passed earlier this year that makes it much harder for drivers suspected of being under the influence to refuse alcohol tests.

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As entertained as Democrats were watching Republican challengers pick off GOP incumbents in the primary election this month, the minority party says they’re concerned a wave of “extreme” right-leaning legislators would bad for legislative business. But House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner wouldn’t go as far as to say whether that holds true if Speaker […]

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Press Release from the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Chapter; July 6, 2012: NFIB/Tennessee supports pro-small business candidate for reelection NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 6, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, has endorsed incumbent Debra Maggart (Hendersonville) in the race for the 45th House District. The endorsement was […]


Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; June 19, 2012: SEVIERVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a grant for the final link in a pedestrian and bicycle route between downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. The $423,833 transportation enhancement grant to the […]


Newsletter from the Tennessee Firearms Association; June 13, 2012: Republican legislative leaders in an election cycle are rewriting history because they must if the claim to be pro 2nd Amendment The most discussed legislation on the 2nd Amendment horizon in the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions was the Safe Commute Act which the Republican leaders […]


Seeking to pit Republicans against one another and to force them to choose between key conservative-leaning constituencies, Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle attempted Monday to suspend the chamber’s regular rules and place the controversial guns-in-parking-lots bill directly on the floor. “I’m in somewhat of a quandary on this bill — I can’t vote against it […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; April 20, 2012: Let us pause for a moment to consider where we are on the Employee Safe Commute bills as the General Assembly may be entering is last week of session. There are sometimes at least 2 paths for citizens to collectively petition their government – working […]

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House Speaker Beth Harwell said the Tennessee Firearms Association – which has been sharply critical of Republicans on gun rights legislation – is not party to negotiations over a bill allowing workers to store guns in their vehicles on company parking lots.


Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters Wednesday that a long-gestating guns-in-lots proposal would “find a lot more favor” with his administration if it more closely resembled similar legislation in Georgia. Sen. Mike Faulk’s SB3002 would prohibit employers from enacting policies that ban workers from storing firearms in their cars on company lots. The Senate Judiciary Committee […]


Press Release from the Democratic Party of Tennessee, March 15, 2012: FACT CHECK: Republicans Fight Phantom Menace Instead of Fighting for Jobs Tennessee House Republicans took a half hour to debate and pass a non-binding resolution which seeks to stop a 20 year old UN plan to promote better resource management and sustainable development. Tennessee […]


Most of Occupy Nashville’s tents may soon be cleared from view of the Capitol Building in accordance with a newly minted state law, but there are still demonstrators who will stick around to be arrested, according to a protest organizer. State officials last Friday said they would wait a week before enforcing the state’s new […]


Gov. Bill Haslam said he won’t know until next month whether he will support a reduction in the tax on large gifts. The tax ranges from 5.5 percent to 16 percent on gifts like land or automobiles.