Controversial gun bill dies in legislative panel; protesters gather to demand stricter controls

Jordan Buie, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee A controversial bill that would allow handgun carry permit holders to take their weapons almost anywhere in Tennessee won’t advance in this year’s legislative session. A subcommittee rejected the proposal Wednesday, a day when a half-dozen gun-related bills came before lawmakers, and scores […]

Union membership holds steady in the South

By Chris KrommFebruary 2, 2018 Despite losing two high-profile organizing campaigns in 2017 — at Boeing’s factory in South Carolina and a Nissan plant in Mississippi — labor unions gained 130,000 members from the Southern workforce last year. Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in January shows that […]

Doctors raise concerns over Gov. Bill Haslam’s opioid proposal

from the Tennessean […The organization makes several recommendations, including limiting dispensing instead of prescribing. It suggests limiting initial filling of prescriptions at pharmacies to seven days. Another recommendation the group makes is requiring insurance companies to pay for non-opioid pain management treatments. Similar recommendations have been made in others states, […]


Speakers quietly drop hand-held sign ban at Cordell Hull

Published January 18, 2018 | By Tom Humphrey The Tennessee Legislature has quietly revised its “Facility Use Policies” to remove a ban on all signs within the Cordell Hull building. Moving forward, “small letter sized signs that do not obstruct the view of visitors are acceptable,” according to the policy. […]

From TNDP: As Legislative Session Starts, Tennessee Republicans Are Focused On Everything Except Helping Tennessee Families

Nashville, Tenn. (January 9, 2017) – As the 2018 Tennessee Legislative Session begins, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, Mary Mancini,released the following statement:“Every community in Tennessee is facing the same problems. Families can’t keep up with the rising costs of keeping a roof over their heads and food on […]

EPA cuts could be costly to Tennessee

EPA cuts could be costly to Tennessee Proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency could shut off the spigot that funds many drinking water projects in Tennessee. Booming Lebanon is an example of a community that could be hurt. “Getting these projects done in the next two years is not […]

Congressional Budget Office report on Trumpcare

The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 directed the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce to develop legislation to reduce the deficit. The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have produced an estimate of the budgetary […]

Bill penalizes those filing sexual harassment lawsuits — if they lose

Tennessee’s attorney general is pushing a revision in the rules for sexual harassment lawsuits at the same time he is investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Rep. Jeremy Durham, reports The Tennessean. This law change would specifically apply to people suing a state employee over sexual harassment claims, noted Tennessee […]