Stacey Campfield

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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An amendment to Rep. Julia Hurley’s bill allows laid-off workers, who took a drug test for their former employer in the previous 45 days, to avoid having to be tested again. Critics on the House Health and Human Resources panel said the bill is unwarranted, mean-spirited and could place a “stigma” on seeking welfare and other government assistance.

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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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Representatives from FedEx, Volkswagen, Belmont University and other employers spoke against a bill to allow Tennesseans to keep their guns in their cars at work. Following the testimony, two state Senate committees delayed action on the bill.

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After his first year in office, Gov. Bill Haslam’s fans outnumber his detractors 3-to-1, according to Middle Tennessee State University’s latest state poll. The governor’s approval numbers have scarcely changed from those found in a fall 2011 poll, in which just over 51 percent of respondents said they approved of the job the new governor […]

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Sex-Education Bill Held Over

by Steven Hale on February 21, 2012

The House Education Committee Tuesday delayed action on the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, calling off what has become a weekly event on Capitol Hill. Bill sponsor Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, told TNReport he rolled the bill because of an amendment proposed by Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, which rewrites the bill in an attempt to […]

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Lawmakers who want to drug-test their peers are slowly flushing those plans down the toilet as they struggle to fight high costs for their plans. Meanwhile, a lawmaker who wants citizens on the state benefits rolls to provide a urine sample before collecting government handouts says he’ll be ready to pitch his bill soon. “We […]

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A measure making it illegal for public elementary or middle schools in Tennessee to teach about homosexuality has cropped up again in the state Legislature and suffered a minor setback Wednesday. But Rep. Joey Hensley delayed committee action on the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, after a request from House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery. […]

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How one of the session’s most controversial pieces of legislation was whittled down dramatically.

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Press Release from the Republican Caucus of the Tennessee Senate, May 12, 2011: State Senate passes Civil Justice Reform and other Major Bills as General Assembly works toward adjournment (NASHVILLE, TN), May 12, 2011 – The Tennessee General Assembly worked in marathon floor and committee sessions this week towards the conclusion of the 2011 legislative […]

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A story on FoxNews.com about Knoxville Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield’s effort to prohibit teachers from discussing “human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades K-8” is among the news site’s most read and commented-upon stories of the day. As of this posting at 2:30 CDT it was approaching 5000 comments. Campfield’s bill, SB49, […]

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Supporters of a bill to stem “homegrown terrorism” say their bill is not targeted at Muslims and have broadened language in the legislation to target any group or individual suspected of supporting terrorism. Opponents packed Legislative Plaza Tuesday, and one lawmaker called the bill “un-American.”

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