Mike Faulk

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pick up the tab for lame-duck lawmakers taking out-of-state trips, says House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick. But he won’t ask outgoing legislators who traveled to Chicago this week for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual summit to pay the bill themselves, he told reporters Thursday. The lawmakers are either retiring […]

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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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A bill to change the way the state’s attorney general is selected failed to garner enough support in the Senate this week.

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Two bills broadening the rights of gun owners in Tennessee advanced in Senate committees Tuesday. The guns-in-lots bill, and another measure aimed at banning discrimination against gun owners, move to the full Senate.

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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 […]

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Holdouts in the Senate Judiciary Committee have agreed to go along with a compromise to reconstitute the panel that investigates ethics complaints against judges. Members approved the measure unanimously, and the bill now moves toward the Senate floor.

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Honored as a powerful politician and committed leader whose words were his bond, the Covington Democrat announced Thursday he will not seek re-election this fall. Naifeh’s legislative career spans almost four decades and includes an 18-year tenure as speaker.

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s not liking the take-no-prisoners pressure tactics the Tennessee Firearms Association is exerting. Gov. Haslam says “balance” is needed coming up with a compromise suitable both to business interests and Second Amendment advocates.

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he expects the legislature to pass a ‘guns in parking lots’ law this session, but hopes to see its scope narrowed before it reaches his desk. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from proponents of the measure Tuesday and will hear from opponents at their meeting March 6.

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Gov. Bill Haslam said a bill to allow guns in parked vehicles at work seems “overly broad” but that he wouldn’t veto a compromise if the House and Senate can agree.

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It wasn’t clear if Rep. Kent Williams was spilling the beans on something he knew or whether he was speculating, but he introduced himself at an East Tennessee business roundtable this week by saying he would pick up Unicoi County as part of his district next year. That would be, of course, if Williams wins […]

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Press Release from the Senate Republican Caucus; July 26, 2011:  Senate’s “Top Dog” gets New Role Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership (NASHVILLE, TN), July 26, 2011 — The Tennessee Senate’s “top dog” Rueben Faulk has a new gig as “Spokesdog” for Spay Tennessee. The organization tapped Rueben, who belongs to State Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill), […]

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