Roy Herron

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 that would have required all public universities — and Vanderbilt University because of the level of government money it accepts —  to allow student campus organizations to control their own membership qualifications has prompted Gov. Bill Haslam to announce he’ll use his first veto. The legislation came as a response to Vanderbilt’s administration […]

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Setting up camp on state property not designated for it could earn a violator significant jail time and a hefty fine under bill. Critics argue the measure both undermines a fundamental right to protest and that otherwise law-abiding and well-meaning citizens could run afoul of it unknowingly.

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A legislative effort to prevent the public from seeing certain information state government wants to collect from businesses seeking millions in Tennessee taxpayer-financed handouts got bogged down Monday night amid concerns over the bill’s scope. Lawmakers on the floor of the Tennessee Senate debated for about half an hour whether the Department of Economic and […]

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Officials on both sides of the debate over the state’s new voter ID law are pointing the blame at each other about who, exactly, is disenfranchising voters. Liberal advocacy groups like Citizen Action say the lawmakers who agreed to turn away voters who show up at the polls without a government-issued photo identification are at […]

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Press Release from Tennessee State Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, July 11, 2011: DRESDEN – State Senator Roy Herron issued a statement Monday regarding the treatment of 2,000 Tennesseans who found themselves suddenly without jobs at the Goodyear plant in Union City. “Goodyear showed its lack of patriotism by firing 2,000 Americans the week of the Fourth of July, […]

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The bill, which limits damages in jury awards, passed the upper chamber Thursday with only one Republican voting against it. It’s a key piece of legislation for Gov. Bill Haslam, who has said tort reform will make the state more attractive to businesses, thus creating jobs.

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Press Release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus, May 12, 2011: NASHVILLE – Senate Democrats fought Thursday against efforts by Senate Republicans to arbitrarily cap damages awarded to victims of horrific accidents, medical malpractice and other life-changing injuries. “Today state lawmakers put a price on the life of our children. They put a price on […]

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Press Release from Senate Democrat Caucus; April 8, 2011: Protecting domestic violence victims On Thursday, the Senate passed Senator Andy Berke’s bill to authorize the use of global positioning monitoring systems as a condition of bail in domestic violence cases. Under Senate Bill 567, the victim would receive information on the location of the accused […]

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Republicans, with the help of Nashville Democrat Douglas Henry, outmuscled SB16’s detractors and sent the bill requiring that voters produce photo identification at polling places on its way to the House of Representatives.

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State Sen. Roy Herron made a stop at the Capitol Tuesday to talk to reporters about his uphill battle to win the 8th Congressional District seat in West Tennessee. Herron added that it would be an “amazing coincidence” that the Democratic Party just happened to pull its financial support from his campaign the day after […]

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