Senate

Press release from State Senator Tim Barnes, D-Adams; October 4, 2012:  CLARKSVILLE – State Sen. Tim Barnes has secured two major endorsements from groups dedicated to protecting our natural resources. Barnes announced the endorsements of both the TN Conservation Voters and the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club on Tuesday. “In addition to his proven […]

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Statement from Senate State & Local Gov’t Committee Chairman Ken Yager; September 25, 2012:  (NASHVILLE, TN), September 25, 2012 — “There are two state agencies, the Division of Elections and the State Election Commission, which are charged with the responsibility of reviewing this matter and making any recommendation for changes. These are the most appropriate […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; August 29, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Democratic legislative leaders requested in a letter that state election officials delay plans to certify August primary results after alarming reports of voting machines that defaulted to the Republican primary ballot. “Voting apparatus should never default to one party or another,” the […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; August 28, 2012:  NASHVILLE – ­Senate Democrats are calling on Secretary of State Tre Hargett to launch a full inquiry into voting irregularities across the state. “There are a lot of questions about the integrity of the August primaries, and voters deserve answers,” said Senate Democratic Leader […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; August 3, 2012:  NASHVILLE — Democratic Caucus Chair Sen. Lowe Finney told reporters today to expect some surprises this November from this year’s slate of Democratic candidates for state Senate. “We have very good candidates that know how to win races and talk about local issues that […]

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Press release from Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today; July 18, 2012:  Following a two day hearing in front of the Senate Environment Committee and members of the House Environment Committee, long time solid waste group BURNT wrote to TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau to urge that pending “Waste Reduction regulation” [Rules 0400_11_09 and 0400_01_10] should not be […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; July 12, 2012:  (NASHVILLE), July 12, 2012 — Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) released a response today giving Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) authorization to probe allegations at TSU regarding grade alterations. Summerville sent Gresham a formal letter of request yesterday asking for […]

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Press release from Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today On Tuesday 10 July at 1:30 pm and Wednesday 11 July at 9 am, the Senate Energy and Environment Committee will hold a Special Legislative Committee on Solid Waste and Diversion of waste from landfills in Room 12/14 of the Legislative Plaza. A wide range of witnesses […]

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Press release from the Senate Republican Caucus; April 4, 2012: (NASHVILLE, TN), April 4, 2012 — Legislation sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) that would allow Tennessee’s Governor to appoint the State Attorney General was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Tennessee is the only state in the nation […]

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And, They’re Back

by Andrea Zelinski on January 10, 2012

Redistricting is expected to dominate lawmakers’ first week back at the Capitol as they consider a set of Republican-drawn maps for state House and Senate and Congressional districts. House and Senate committees have begin meeting today to consider maps that change the boundaries of their House and Senate districts and lay new lines for Congressional […]

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Ready, Set, Redraw!

by Andrea Zelinski on June 17, 2011

House Speaker Beth Harwell indicates she wants the GOP-dominated General Assembly to avoid “political gerrymandering” in the redrawing of the Tennessee’s legislative and congressional districts. However, the final shape the lines take will ultimately have to suit her party’s preferences, says the Nashville Republican. A Republican-led House ad hoc committee met briefly on Thursday to […]

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Press Release from the Senate Republican Caucus, May 21, 2011: (NASHVILLE, TN), May 21, 2011 — The Tennessee General Assembly passed several major bills on the closing day of the 2011 legislative session, including the state budget, which was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). Norris said the $30.8 billion 2011-12 balanced budget […]

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