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Lobbyists and staffers erupt into wild cheers as the legislature finally goes home. The last day is highlighted by the surprise failure in the Senate of legislation delaying installation of voting machines capable of producing paper trails to verify voting results. Also, lawmakers vote to enhance sentences for gun crimes. And in yet another big surprise, the bill to roll back ethics laws
by letting Ron Ramsey, Jim Kyle and Roy Herron raise campaign cash during the next session fails to make it to the House floor--by one vote.
House Speaker Kent Williams: "I know we've had hard debate. I've seen friends argue with friends. Let's just remember that in the eyes of God, we are all brothers and sisters and if we remember that at all times, that will help us get along in our lives."
House GOP leader Jason Mumpower: "We made strides in helping Tennesseans realize more fully their Second Amendment rights. We helped to provide for the protection of the unborn by starting the process of giving voters a voice in restoring some commonsense protections in the law. And I think we took a giant step forward for education in allowing an expansion of charter schools here at the last hour."
See Rick Locker
... Erik Schelzig
... Tom Humphrey
... Mary Mancini ... Lucas Johnson
Let's get ready to recruit charter schools! ... The puppy mill bill
passes. ....Alexander, Cooper
warn of health care costs. ... The Commercial Appeal cheers a victory for open records.
... Tennessee's regents
are ending the cap on student tuition. ... Tennessee pitches Spring Hill