Mark Norris

Sen. Mark Norris says he will comply with the Shelby County Commission’s requests for all correspondence dealing with the controversial Memphis-Shelby schools merger. But the Senate majority leader and chief architect of legislation dictating rules for combining the school systems thinks the demand is being made principally in the spirit of hassling him and other […]

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Even outgoing legislators are permitted to let taxpayers foot the bill for out-of-state legislative trips, complete with a per diem, travel and lodging expenses.

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Press Release from the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Chapter; July 6, 2012:  NFIB Endorses Candidates in 5 Senate, 20 House Primaries NASHVILLE, July 6, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, today said it has endorsed candidates in 25 state legislative primary races. The endorsements were made […]

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The House Speaker and other top officials say they’re not sure what their next move is to resist the health care overhaul if President Obama dashes their hopes of a repeal by winning re-election. Statehouse Democrats avoided media altogether following release of the opinion Thursday.

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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville; June 28, 2012: Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (NASHVILLE, TN), June 28, 2012 — This is one of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court in our lifetime,” said Leader […]

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Commentary by Kent Flanagan, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, May 3, 2012: Secrecy seemed to be a common thread running through the session of the Tennessee Legislature that ended May 1. The latest “secret” revealed is that key members of the Legislature met on April 23 at a Nashville restaurant of the session to work […]

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GOP lawmakers set aside their disagreements and struck accord on a list of spending projects to cut and keep. The deal they achieved put the competing versions of the budget in line with one another and on track for final passage in both chambers Monday.

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“There’s not enough taxpayer money available to fund everything that people would like to see us fund,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. Lawmakers are reviewing spending proposals for $5 million in the governor’s budget for projects brought by legislators.

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Tennessee has the lowest tax burden in the country, according to a Tax Foundation report that compares income to taxes paid by state.

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The Haslam administration bill would seek more information from businesses seeking government handouts than the Bredesen administration did, but lawmakers are still debating whether some of those details should be open to the public.

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Some top Tennessee officials say they don’t expect the Legislature to address state employee pension reform at all this year — although retirement plans for some 483 local government groups might get a look. “There will probably be some bills filed this year, everybody sort of getting on that bandwagon, like, ‘Oh, hey, we just […]

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The state Senate map approved Friday pairs Democrats Jim Kyle and Beverly Marrero in the same Shelby County district, as well as Republicans Kerry Roberts, of Springfield, and Jim Summerville, of Dickson. State House, Congressional maps also approved by legislature.

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