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1. Tennessee Senate Democrats pick Yarbro as minority leader -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Senate Democrats have picked Jeff Yarbro as their new minority leader.

The former caucus chairman from Nashville received the promotion during leadership elections Tuesday among the five Democratic senators. Republicans hold legislative supermajorities in both the House and Senate.

2. TBI says keeping records private 'protects' innocent -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations says it's helping protect the innocent by not turning over documents to the public, a policy that's raised some eyebrows among state lawmakers and open government advocates.

3. Blue wave? State Democrats more likely up a creek -

Tennessee Democrats are hoping a “blue wave” will wash across the Volunteer State this fall and help them regain a number of seats lost over the last decade. Republicans are banking on red voters to crush any wave by capitalizing on the popularity of President Donald Trump when November arrives.

4. If only legislators could focus on important issues -

A year-old law enabling Tennessee colleges and universities to keep secret the “proprietary” fees they pay money managers for handling risky investments is likely to be reviewed this year.

5. Tennessee lawmakers wrap election-year legislative session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up an election-year legislative session late Wednesday, highlighting their last day by passing legislation that would require state and local law enforcement agencies to detain immigrants for deportation at the request of federal officials without requiring warrants or probable cause.

6. Tennessee lawmakers wrap election-year legislative session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up an election-year legislative session late Wednesday, highlighting their last day by passing legislation that would require state and local law enforcement agencies to detain immigrants for deportation at the request of federal officials without requiring warrants or probable cause.

7. Tennessee passes bill to impose work requirements -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature on Thursday passed a controversial bill aimed at imposing work requirements on people receiving Medicaid benefits. In Tennessee, the Medicaid program is called TennCare.

8. Social media ad disclosure bill fails -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill that would require the disclosure of who paid for political ads on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook is likely dead for the year after failing to get enough votes in the House on Monday.

9. Senate votes to override Metro Council on short-term rentals -

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a short-term rental bill Thursday pre-empting Nashville’s measure to clamp down on “party houses” and phase them out in less than three years.

10. Harper leaving Senate after nearly 40 years of public service -

After nearly 40 years of public service, state Sen. Thelma Harper has announced she would is not seeking re-election to the 19th Senatorial District.

“Even though there is no greater honor than being able to serve and be your voice on the hill, I truly feel the time is right for me to pass the baton to the next generation of future leaders,” Sen. Harper said. “Even though I will no longer be an elected public servant, I will continue to serve and work in the community to help those in need.”

11. State Senate OKs changes to University of Tennessee board -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-led state Senate has approved a bill that would reshape the University of Tennessee's board of trustees.

Senators cast a 27-3 vote Monday for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal.

12. Democrats need viable candidates to catch blue wave -

Republicans called it the “kickoff” to what they hope will be a great election season. Democrats are downplaying a lopsided loss in the 14th Senate District special election, saying it won’t represent results later this year in President Donald Trump’s midterm.

13. Tennessee Senate OKs social media political disclosure bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would spell out requirements to disclose who paid for sponsored political content on social media platforms.

The Republican-led Senate approved the legislation in a 17-8 vote Monday. It heads to the House.

14. Legislators pushing bill to enable next-generation cell network -

Unable to get cell-phone service at a football game in Nashville or Knoxville? Can’t send a text from a Broadway honky tonk or Beale Street blues bar? Wondering how autonomous cars will ever work?

15. Tennessee lawmakers revive child marriage ban proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican-led Tennessee House panel has revived legislation to ban child marriage.

A House subcommittee advanced the bill Wednesday after amending it to let 17-year-olds continue to marry, but only with judicial approval, parental permission, proof of maturity and high school completion, and other requirements.

16. Florida’s epiphany on guns means little in Tennessee -

Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.

“It’s my mission to fight these guns whatever way I can,” says Moore, who founded the organization Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives in an effort to steer youth away from violence.

17. Barry pleads guilty to theft, 1st Nashville mayor to resign -

Two and a-half years into a mercurial mayoral term, Megan Barry pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge and resigned Tuesday just a month after admitting to an affair with the chief of her security detail, former Metro Police Sgt. Rob Forrest.

18. Musicians want freelance, contractor harassment protections -

Country music singer Katie Armiger re-emerged in the spotlight Monday to back legislation giving freelancers and contractors protection against sexual harassment.

Some two years after going public with accusations detailing country’s music’s untold story about how women are treated, one of sexual innuendoes, crude comments and unwanted touching by radio programmers and “influential professionals,” the 26-year-old Armiger remains caught up in a legal battle but hopes to keep other performers from falling into the same trap.

19. State lawmakers propose ban on child marriages in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers are proposing a ban on child marriages in Tennessee.

During a news conference Monday, Sen. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville and Rep. Darren Jernigan of Old Hickory discussed legislation to require people getting married to be at least 18.

20. Details slow plan to shrink UT’s Board of Trustees -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees appears to be a work in progress.

Timing is critical, too, with the 2018 session of the General Assembly moving at a snail’s pace and UT President Joe DiPietro’s contract set to run out in mid-2019.

21. Tennessee finds itself locked into a bad deal -

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons makes no secret about his disdain for private prisons in Tennessee.

Not only is he concerned about a Comptroller’s Office audit showing CoreCivic’s Trousdale Turner Correctional Center skating by with fewer staff than required, especially for critical posts, he says the Department of Correction is violating the spirit of state law by contracting with four counties to run more than the one minimum-security or medium-security prison allowed in Tennessee.

22. In address, Haslam challenges Tennessee to 'be the best' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam used his eighth and final annual address Monday to tout the state's achievements and challenge Tennessee to "be the best" in the nation in jobs, education and government efficiency.

23. State voters have more to fear than Russian meddling -

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.

After we had some Mexican grub, we went to Kroger to find a flick. As we perused the selections, my friend said, “What about a Russian spy movie?” To which his girlfriend (future wife, now ex-wife) whined, “John, you know I don’t speak Russian.” (His name is changed to protect the innocent.)

24. Opioid crisis and juvenile justice -

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

But the 110th General Assembly still has a long row to hoe as the session starts Jan. 9 with new legislative offices and committee rooms in the renovated Cordell Hull Building in downtown Nashville.

25. Butler Snow’s Polly elected president of Nashville Bar -

Erin Palmer Polly, a commercial litigation attorney at Butler Snow, LLP, will serve as the 2018 president of the Nashville Bar Association. In 2014, she was president of the NBA Young Lawyers Division, became a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and received the Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Pro Bono Award.

26. Former Tennessee Gov. Bredesen running for Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has been calling potential donors to let them know he plans to join the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

A prominent supporter confirmed he had spoken to Bredesen, the most recent Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, about the decision Wednesday. He spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement wasn't expected until Thursday.

27. Medical marijuana might finally get past objections -

Medical marijuana legislation is evolving, not to ease people’s debilitating pain but to help it pass the General Assembly, where it’s giving some lawmakers heartburn.

State Rep. Jeremy Faison, an East Tennessee Republican ferrying the bill through the House, is offering several changes to a bill he is sponsoring with Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Nashville Republican, to soothe the nerves of state bureaucrats and lawmakers who get shaky when the word marijuana is mentioned.

28. Democrats look to Bredesen to run, reinvigorate party -

Tennessee Democrats are canvassing the state to find candidates at every political level, but their next star is a well-known veteran who has people of all political stripes holding their breath.

Phil Bredesen, the former mayor of Nashville and a two-term governor, could alter the landscape of Tennessee politics if he enters the race for U.S. Senate to fill the void by departing Republican Sen. Bob Corker in 2018.

29. Haslam mulls bid to succeed Corker in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he had been holding out hope that his friend Bob Corker would run for a third term in the U.S. Senate. But now that Corker has decided to retire from Congress, the governor said he's been thrust into the position of having to give a Senate bid serious consideration.

30. Opioid committee on right track, obstacles remain -

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

“Of course, my reaction immediately was, ‘I thought that went away in the late 70s.’ But we’re seeing it. In fact, we are averaging approximately five heroin overdoses a month just in the town of Smyrna,” adds Arnold, whose city about 10 miles southeast of Nashville has a population of nearly 48,600.

31. Micromanaging Nashville is Job 1 for Legislature -

Metro Nashville is used to getting hammered by the Legislature’s Republicans. Nearly every time the Metro Council tries to come up with a solution to growing problems, conservatives in the General Assembly swoop in and save the rest of the state from Music City’s attempts to better handle its success.

32. Medicaid cuts could hit rural children hardest -

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.

During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.

33. A new life made possible by a $170 discount -

A harassment conviction lingered on the record of Memphis resident Brenda A. for 10 years, the high cost of expungement making it difficult to erase the past.

Like many people convicted of misdemeanors and felonies, she paid her court fees and fines, along with probation costs, years ago, but had trouble cobbling together the money to expunge her record, making it hard to land a good job and make a fresh start.

34. Law could allow guns at Nashville bus hub used by schools -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Police and security guards keep watch as thousands of children zigzag through Nashville's downtown bus hub each morning and afternoon, catching buses between home and school.

Barring some court challenge this month, the authorities likely won't be alone in carrying lethal firepower through the Music City Central station. A law signed by Gov. Bill Haslam that takes effect July 1st will force Nashville to let people carry loaded guns there and potentially even on the city buses thousands of students ride each day.

35. Haslam credits GOP ‘experiment’ for Tennessee’s success -

If you ask Gov. Bill Haslam, Republican government is the best thing since sliced bread.

Not only is GOP leadership responsible for a myriad of tax cuts leading to record surpluses and a $37 billion budget funding better K-12 and higher education, shoring up the rainy day and TennCare funds, shrinking state debt and building an economic environment for job creation, Haslam says. It’s even bringing us the cleanest air since before the industrial revolution.

36. Fitzhugh's K-12 bill passes House will have to wait a year in Senate -

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh pushed his K-12 education fund to passage Tuesday, but the possibility of funding and Senate approval will have to wait until 2018.

Dubbed the “K-12 Block Grant Act,” the measure calls for setting aside $250 million in excess state revenue for interest-generating investment to provide grant money for school systems statewide. Each system could use the funds for state-approved programs such as reading coaches or dual enrollment, items not funded through Tennessee’s Basic Education Program.

37. Tennessee lawmakers make late session push on final bills -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers nearly checked off the last of their lingering legislative priorities Tuesday, as they moved to require metal detectors for gun-banning city facilities and pushed to let older adults without a college degree or certificate attend community college for free.

38. Senate punts on Nashville-only short-term rentals bill -

A day after the House targeted Nashville with a tough bill on short-term rentals, the Senate deferred action on legislation blocking the Metro Council from enacting any prohibitions.

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee postponed a bill by Sen. John Stevens until January 2018, ending the debate this year on a measure singling out Davidson County efforts to restrict short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

39. Bill to ban abortions at 20 weeks passes in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate on Monday voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks if doctors determine the fetus is viable. The ban would not apply in medical emergencies or if the mother faces risks of death or serious damage to a major bodily function.

40. Tennessee House OKs bill opening officer shooting records -

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday requiring records about officer-involved shooting deaths be open to the public.

Sponsored by Rep. G.A. Hardaway and Sen. Lee Harris, both Memphis Democrats, the move opens the curtain on Tennessee Bureau of Investigation records, which are exempt from the Tennessee Open Records Act and confidential. Generally they are disclosed to the public only through a court order.

41. Tearful end for non-citizen tuition relief bill -

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari grew so emotional she couldn’t speak. On the verge of tears, the Memphis Democrat started to talk about a high school from her Shelby County district with a large number of undocumented immigrant students.

42. GOP happy to ‘wait and see’ on Medicaid expansion -

Republicans say ho, Democrats say go. In the wake of Trumpcare’s congressional crash, states such as Kansas and North Carolina are joining the majority of the nation in expanding Medicaid rolls.

43. Senate votes to double amount of money candidates can raise -

Legislation enabling state lawmakers to raise campaign funds during even-year session recesses evolved into a markedly different sort of bill this week: one allowing significant contribution increases for Senate candidates.

44. Democrats looking for GOP help to derail outsourcing efforts -

Legislative Democrats are calling on Republicans to join them in passing a slate of bills to combat Gov. Bill Haslam’s outsourcing plans for everything from state parks to facilities management at universities.

45. Trump: Next Old Hickory or carnival barker -

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November. While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.

46. Trump event gets mixed reviews from legislators -

NASHVILLE – While state lawmakers recognized the historical significance of President Donald Trump visiting the home of President Andrew Jackson in Hermitage Wednesday, the review is mixed on comparisons between the two as well as the Jackson legacy.

47. Norris sweetens deal for increased fuel tax -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris pushed a revised fuel-tax bill through the Transportation Committee today, making a sharper cut in the grocery tax to offset phased-in increases at the gas pump.

48. Tennessee Senate changes bill that was deemed discriminatory -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee senators have watered down and passed legislation that critics still deem discriminatory.

The Senate amended and approved Republican Sen. Mark Green's bill Thursday. It heads to the House.

49. Senate advances bill to require vertical licenses for minors -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Drivers under the age of 21 would be issued driver's licenses printed in a vertical format under a bill advancing in the Tennessee Senate.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Becky Massey of Knoxville was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on an 8-0 vote on Wednesday. Democratic Sen. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville abstained.

50. Lawmakers shrug off real voices -

Johnny and Julie Erwin don’t look like typical protesters, but the senior couple joined the “moral Mondays” ruckus recently at the State Capitol, Johnny wearing his Air Force cap and Julie holding a list of social legislation they oppose.

51. Artificial insemination parenting bill draws LGBT criticism -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Tennessee lawmakers want to do away with a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination. Critics say the bill is aimed at gay couples and their children.

52. Tennessee Democrats push for elimination of grocery tax -

Calling the governor’s fuel-tax plan a “slap in the face” of working Tennesseans, legislative Democrats are making a move to offset increased costs at the pump by phasing out the grocery tax.

53. Legislators feel free to work against Haslam -

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

“How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?” asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman.

54. Haslam facing tough sell on tax hikes, cuts -

An interesting thing happened just a couple of hours before Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled his fuel-tax increase plan amid great fanfare at the State Capitol.

As the governor started explaining the proposed IMPROVE Act to reporters during a short media briefing, he apparently realized more people were poring over a handout than paying attention. They were trying to get a jump on writing stories while digesting the numbers combined with an array of tax breaks designed to make tax increases more palatable.

55. Is Legislature finally ready to fund transportation projects? -

Angie Graves has always been a resident of Portland in Sumner County, pretty much on the same property. She is currently living in the same home her father once rented when she was a child.

When she isn’t home she’s in her car for hours a day, moving between housecleaning jobs across the Midstate.

56. New year, new resolutions for legislators -

Some Tennesseans recall the days when the state Legislature met every other year and wonder if it should revert to that schedule. Considering the General Assembly pushes most of its work into three and a-half months, it might be worth a try.

57. Democratic leadership remains unchanged in Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The leadership positions among Democrats' small state Senate caucus will remain unchanged for the 110th Tennessee General Assembly.

Lee Harris of Memphis was elected to another term as minority leader and Jeff Yarbro of Nashville will remain caucus chairman.

58. BlueCross BlueShield bombshell leaves insurance seekers in bind -

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage. Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

59. Events -

Americana Music Festival. The 17th annual Americana Music Festival, which runs through Sunday, features five nights of approximately 215 live performances at venues throughout Nashville at night. Plus, seminars, panels and networking opportunities will take place throughout the day. Downtown venues include 12th & Porter, 3rd and Lindsley, Acme Feed & Seed, Cannery Ballroom, City Winery, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Downtown Presbyterian Church, George Jones Museum, High Watt at Mercy Lounge, Mercy Lounge, Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater, Ryman Auditorium, Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Emma, Station Inn, Third Man Records and Union Station Hotel. A $60 wristband grants access to all of the venues every night of the festival. Information: http://americanamusic.org.

60. Rising premiums, Insure Tennessee tie vexes legislators -

State Rep. Ron Travis is perplexed. On one hand, the Republican from Dayton is concerned with escalating premiums for Tennesseans participating in the insurance marketplace, worried costs are increasing to the point people simply can’t afford health insurance.

61. Red state, blue mayors -

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.

Even though she supported Davidson County-backed initiatives on construction jobs and affordable housing, Barry wound up offering alternatives after suburban Republicans put up road blocks in the General Assembly.

62. Soto shrugs off ‘snub’ by state lawmakers -

Conexión Américas Executive Director Renata Soto doesn’t dwell on the state Senate’s rejection of a resolution honoring her as chair of the National Council of La Raza.

“I forgot about that already,” Soto says, laughing in a recent interview.

63. Nashville's visionary against bigotry -

If Renata Soto needs encouragement in a world filled with fear or distrust of immigrants and refugees, she need only look as far as the people coming to Casa Azafrán to find their place in America.

64. Legislators seem intent on sweating the small stuff -

My late father kept a paper weight on his desk at home that read: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Well, we’re sweating the small stuff – from the federal government down to the states – with this harangue over transgender bathrooms.

65. Tennessee passes resolution to sue feds over refugees -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A resolution that would direct Tennessee to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program passed Tuesday in the state Legislature.

The measure was approved in the Senate after lawmakers agreed to a change that would allow a private law firm to file a lawsuit on behalf of Tennessee if the state attorney general refuses to sue. It stipulates that the use of the private firm could not cost taxpayers.

66. Bill to let counselors deny services on the way to governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill that would allow mental health therapists to turn away patients based on the counselors' religious beliefs and personal principles passed Monday and is on its way to the governor.

67. Tennessee lawmakers lure us in with momentary sanity, and then ... -

Just when it appears the Tennessee Senate is made up of sensible people – as evidenced by the killing of de-annexation legislation – the body is changing course with a Bible-thumping measure.

68. Haslam shakeup of public universities gains final approval -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to spin off four-year public universities from the Tennessee Board of Regents system gained final approval in the state Legislature on Monday.

The Senate voted 31-1 in favor of the measure, sending Haslam's top legislative initiative for his signature.

69. Bill to make Bible Tennessee's state book heads to governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Derided by critics as everything from unconstitutional to sacrilegious, Tennessee lawmakers nevertheless plowed ahead with designating the Holy Bible as the state's official book.

Sponsors argue the bill seeks to honor the historical significance of the Bible in Tennessee's history rather than serving as a government endorsement of religion.

70. Tennessee Senate passes bill to make lawsuit losers pay -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate passed a bill that would force people who sue state employees or elected officials to pay legal fees if they fail in a lawsuit.

Supporters say the bill would prevent frivolous lawsuits from being filed and save taxpayers money. Opponents argue that it would discourage people from bringing legitimate claims against officials, especially sexual harassment claims.

71. Bipartisan skeptics doubt Haslam’s outsourcing plans -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

72. Tennessee designates Barrett as official state rifle -

NASHVILLE (AP) - While Tennessee lawmakers balked last year at making the Holy Bible the official state book, they showed little hesitance Wednesday in designating an official state rifle.

The Tennessee-made .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle now takes its place alongside other state symbols like the tomato as Tennessee's official fruit, the cave salamander as the state amphibian and the square dance as the state folk dance.

73. Senate votes to direct AG to sue over refugee settlement -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state attorney general would be directed to mount a legal challenge to the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee under a resolution approved by the Senate on Monday.

74. Entrepreneurs’ Organization selects board -

The Nashville chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization has announced today its 2016-17 board of directors.

The new board of directors for the EO Nashville chapter includes:

President: John Kepley, CEO, Teknetex Inc

75. Bill seeks private transportation partnerships in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bipartisan legislative proposal would clear the way for public-private partnerships on transportation projects in Tennessee.

Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro said at a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday that the bill would allow state and local governments to enter into agreements with private vendors to build and operate light rail and roads to help alleviate traffic congestion.

76. Minority leader Harris confident even on wrong side of supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

In his second legislative session, the Senate Minority leader says Democrats, though small in number, are making “inroads” while he continues to focus on improving neighborhoods from downtown Memphis to Millington.

77. Tennessee Dems want eligibility check on presidential ballot -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two Tennessee Democrats want to pass a law to require the state to enforce the U.S. Constitution's "natural born citizen" requirement on this November's presidential ballot.

State Sen. Jeff Yarbro and Rep. Jason Powell, both of Nashville, filed the bill on Thursday that would bar the secretary of state from placing the nominee of either party on the ballot if they fail to meet the constitutional eligibility requirements.

78. Tennessee Senate votes to end emissions tests for new cars -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to end emissions testing in Tennessee for new cars, brushing aside concerns that relaxing standards might be a bad idea in light of the Volkswagen scandal.

79. Refugees, higher education, privatization on tap for new session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

“I’m not advocating that. I am advocating a little bit more accountability and closer review of the funding,” says Yager, a Kingston Republican who chaired a December joint meeting of Senate and House State and Local Government committees.

80. Corker says Visa waivers a bigger risk than refugees -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he believes the nation needs to stop admitting Syrian refugees until security problems are solved, but the nation’s “bigger risk” in letting terrorists slip into the country lies with the nation’s Visa Waiver Program.

81. Bipartisan brakes for governor’s privatization push -

Plans to put Tennessee’s real estate and government operations in the hands of private business are much further along than Gov. Bill Haslam would like people to think.

A master of downplaying big issues, Haslam says he’s simply looking for ways to make government run more efficiently and save money.

82. Tennessee officials told to avoid emailing about outsourcing -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Officials mulling over the privatization of operations at state buildings, college campuses, prisons and armories are being discouraged from putting their thoughts into emails.

Terry Cowles, who is in charge of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's office of Strategies for Efficiency in Real Estate Management, or SEREM, told reporters Tuesday that the group "put that control in place" to prevent the release of what he called premature or incorrect information.

83. Obama urges bipartisanship in Medicaid expansion effort -

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he'd like to see "some good sense spring forth" as Tennessee lawmakers try to work out their differences and expand Medicaid in a state he touted as having a history of bipartisanship.

84. Southern heritage defined differently across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

85. Will Tennessee Republicans ever be truly happy? -

Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier? With the GOP so dominant in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.

86. Haslam signs bill to allow guns in all Tennessee parks -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Local governments in Tennessee can no longer bar people with handgun carry permits from bringing firearms to parks, playgrounds and sports fields under legislation signed Friday by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

87. Lessons of Bible lost in lack of health care debate -

Tennessee’s legislators spent hours this session arguing over guns and whether to pass a law making the Bible the state book of Tennessee.

In fact, the Bible bill took two days of debate in the House, where it passed, and thorough discussion in the Senate, before it died – at least until next year.

88. Guns-in-parks proposal headed to governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would allow handgun-carry permit holders to be armed in all of the state's parks - including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields - was sent to the governor for his consideration Thursday.

89. Special committee strips Capitol complex from gun bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A special legislative committee voted Tuesday not to allow Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex.

The Capitol provision was part a proposal that seeks to allow permit holders to be armed in all of the state's parks - including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields.

90. Tennessee lawmakers can't agree on guns bill drafted as NRA gift -

NASHVILLE (AP) — It was supposed to be a welcoming gift from Tennessee lawmakers to the National Rifle Association and the more than 70,000 gun enthusiasts expected to attend the group's annual convention in Nashville this weekend.

91. Legislators not moved by hymns, prayer or reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

92. State Senate votes to allow handguns in parks, at Tennessee Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) - People with handgun carry permits would be able to carry their weapons on the grounds of the state Capitol under a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Wednesday.

93. Coalition to hold rally today in support of Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A coalition supporting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans is planning a rally at the state Capitol today.

The group is comprised of clergy, students and community groups.

94. Haslam undaunted by difficult prospects for Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

The Republican governor told reporters after a prayer breakfast at Lipscomb University that the more often lawmakers take up his plan, the more chances his administration has to quell concerns about the proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans by drawing down $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid funds.

95. Haslam undaunted by difficult prospects for Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

The Republican governor told reporters after a prayer breakfast at Lipscomb University that the more often lawmakers take up his plan, the more chances his administration has to quell concerns about the proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans by drawing down $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid funds.

96. Senate panel advances Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A revived version of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans on Wednesday cleared its first full Senate committee.

The Senate Health Committee voted 6-2 to advance the Insure Tennessee proposal to the commerce committee, where it is expected to face difficult prospects. Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has predicted that the measure won't make it to a full floor vote.

97. Haslam encouraged by Insure Tenn. revival; Ramsey skeptical -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he's pleased to see his Insure Tennessee proposal revived in the Legislature, but the top Republican in the Senate called it unlikely that the measure will reach an up-or-down vote by the full chamber.

98. Bid to revive Tennessee Medicaid expansion moving in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An effort to revive Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal has received a positive recommendation in a Senate subcommittee.

The resolution sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville would authorize Haslam to pursue his plan to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.

99. Bid to block health exchange in Tennessee seen as 'overkill' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.

100. 6 of 7 who killed Insure Tennessee are on state health plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Six of the seven Republican senators who voted to kill Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are enrolled in the state government health plan.