Tennessee session ends with flurry of activity

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April 26, 2013


By Phil Sletten

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: The Tennessee State Legislature ended its session after considering a long list of legislation in its final two days. The legislature ended their session this year on an earlier date than any year since 1990.[1]

The legislature dealt with 374 bills in the last two days of the legislative session, although about 160 were procedural motions or noncontroversial and others were tabled.[2] The legislature passed bills putting a moratorium on city annexations to review the existing laws, allowing retired police officers and trained teachers to carry guns in schools, and a $32 billion state budget.[3][4][2] However, the legislature rejected key bills on judicial redistricting, charter schools, and school vouchers. The House and Senate did not reach agreement on several high-profile reform bills, disappointing the legislative leaders in each chamber.[4]

Lawmakers tabled a proposal, which garnered some national attention, to have the state legislature decide on U.S. Senate party nominees rather than party primaries. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) threatened to veto the bill after it passed through committee.[5][6][7]

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