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Report from State Senator Shane Reeves
Report from State Senator Shane Reeves

State Senator Shane Reeves reports that the second week of General Assembly was successful. In fact, Reeves and the Rutherford County delegation will be on WGNS this coming Friday morning (1/31/2020) from 8:10-9:00 and update constituents on what is being considered on capitol hill.

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2-Year Moratorium On K-12 Assessments
2-Year Moratorium On K-12 Assessments

Legislation placing a two-year moratorium on any new statewide assessments for students in grades K-12 is headed to Governor Bill Haslam for his signature after passage in the State Senate on Monday night.

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State Senate's Bills On Domestic Violence Victims
State Senate's Bills On Domestic Violence Victims

Here is an update on what is happening in the Tennessee General Assembly. The senate advanced several that protect victims of domestic violence.

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OPPOSITION To School Vouchers
OPPOSITION To School Vouchers

The Rutherford County Democratic Party supports the Board of Education's stand against legislation proposed by the Tennessee General Assembly to create a school voucher system.

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TFA Tracks Bills Before The General Assembly
TFA Tracks Bills Before The General Assembly

The Tennessee Firearms Association is tracking these bills that are before the state's general assembly.

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LIFETIME Gun Carry Permits Now Available
LIFETIME Gun Carry Permits Now Available

Tennessee citizens with a valid handgun carry permit now have the option to upgrade to a lifetime permit for a lower cost. If you currently have a permit with an expiration date, and would like to upgrade to a lifetime permit, you can now pick up an application at any driver services center and pay the $200 upgrade fee at any time.

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Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) was unanimously elected by her colleagues on Thursday to serve in leadership positions in the Tennessee House Republican Caucus for the 110th General Assembly.

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Rep. White Elected to State House Leadership
Rep. White Elected to State House Leadership

Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) was unanimously elected by her colleagues on Thursday to serve in leadership positions in the Tennessee House Republican Caucus for the 110th General Assembly.

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A Focus on Education as Tennessee's 2015 Session Begins
A Focus on Education as Tennessee's 2015 Session Begins

The 109th session of Tennessee's General Assembly begins today (Tuesday) with education high on the agenda, including possible changes to the controversial educational standards known as Common Core.

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Issue of Human Trafficking before Legislators Again in Tennessee

“This is a widespread problem in Tennessee, and it is especially disturbing because many victims of human trafficking are children,” said Senator Kelsey. 

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State Budget Passed
Gov. Haslam's budget has passed the General Assembly. The 32-point-eight billion dollar proposal breezed through both chambers this week. State Rep. Mike Sparks says it includes several big funding projects for the Smyrna area, including the 38-million dollar Nissan tech center.
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Fines for Not Using Seat Belts Could Go Up
Fines for Not Using Seat Belts Could Go Up
Legislation that would increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt is scheduled to be heard by lawmakers this week. Versions of the bill were to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee and the House Transportation Committee on last week. 


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Epi-Pens in All Schools Could Become the Law
State lawmakers in House and Senate committees will hear this week legislation that would require epinephrine or epi-pens to be in all public and private schools. 

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Handgun Carry Permit Records Discussed in Nashvillle
Handgun Carry Permit Records Discussed in Nashvillle
An effort to seal Tennessee’s handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny would create an exception for political operatives and lobbying groups to still obtain the entire set of names and addresses. 

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Wine in Grocery Bill Update
A deal on wine in supermarkets is still working its way through the state Senate, but the House has been silent since a narrow committee vote killed the bill two weeks ago.

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Changes Proposed in Teacher Evaluations
A push is underway in the General Assembly to change how teachers in Tennessee are evaluated to make the process more fair and clear. The story from WGNS' John Michaelson from Nashville.
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Cleaning Up Photo ID Law Legislation Considered
Cleaning Up Photo ID Law Legislation Considered
State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) will present legislation in the Senate State and Local Government Committee today (Tuesday) that would authorize the use of student photo IDs as acceptable identification for voting purposes. 
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Meningitis Immunizations Could Soon Be Required
Legislation that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof of immunization against meningitis is expected to be on the Senate floor.
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Concussion Legislation Clears Senate; House This Week
Concussion Legislation Clears Senate; House This Week
Schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs would be required to adopt concussion policies under a proposal that passed the Senate. 
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Senate Education Committee Approves Tracy Bill to Protect Student Athletes with concussions
Senate Education Committee Approves Tracy Bill to Protect Student Athletes with concussions
Legislation designed to protect student athletes who suffer concussions from risking further medical complications or death overcame its first hurdle this week with passage in the Senate Education Committee.  
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Decongestant Medication "Controlled Substance"
Legislation the Tennessee General Assembly is currently considering would make decongestant medicine used to produce methamphetamine a controlled substance but it is drawing strong opposition from a national allergy foundation. 
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"Blue Book" Goes Digital
You may remember the Tennessee Blue Book, which was a directory of the General Assembly, their contact information and more. That concept has now hit the digital world.
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