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Republicans face the tricky prospect of giving the state the authority to approve new charter schools — a move that would go against their mantra of local control in governing. Charter school opponents stand ready to point out any hint of hypocrisy.

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Gov. Bill Haslam characterized the state’s revenue as “stronger than anticipated” and said he would propose a pay increase for state employees in his budget for the next year.

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An online piracy measure passed into state law last year will be debated again this legislative session, in an effort to exclude a provision that made it unlawful for people to share passwords for accounts like Netflix and Pandora with their family. House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, has indicated he plans to reintroduce the […]

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The GOP-drawn maps for state House districts were approved Thursday, with some Democratic support.

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The Senate Finance Committee chairman says he hopes this will settle the matter of Amazon’s tax status and suggests that the overall online sales tax issue should go through the courts to be resolved nationally, because he believes Congress is unlikely to act to bring uniformity to the collection of state sales taxes.

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House Republicans heard from the noted supply-side economist during a retreat this week. Lawmakers discussed improving communication with constituents and other issues including reaction to a new teacher evaluation process, Rep. Debra Maggart of Hendersonville said.

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The Haslam administration is still revising details of its plan to give charter schools more flexibility, but time is beginning to run out as the Legislature hopes to wrap up its business in a matter of days.

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Horn-honking motorists stepped up the pressure on Giles County officials Monday, who dropped their bid for a county wheel tax, WKSR in Pulaski reports. County commissioners were set to consider a resolution asking the Tennessee Legislature for permission to enact a $50 wheel tax. One commissioner said the resolution had already been pulled from the […]

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The Haslam administration, which is proposing the tort reform legislation, has said it is open to raising judgment limits in “catastrophic” cases to $1.25 million. The House Judiciary Subcommittee this week approved a $1 million cap.

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Statement from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, March 15, 2011: The right of all citizens to protest and assemble peacefully is sacred in the State of Tennessee. However, this General Assembly will not be intimidated by nomadic bands of professional agitators on spring break bent on disruption. We talk through our differences here. Tennessee is […]

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Gibson County leaders want to raise the wheel tax 35 percent in a plan the mayor says will boost business relocation and the economy. WBBJ TV Channel 7 reports that the mayor is touting the plan to increase the wheel tax from $35 to $47.50 as a way to attract jobs. The county commission is […]

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