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Tennessee lawmakers cap unemployment benefits at as low as 12 weeks, lowest nationwide

May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021 – The Tennessean by: Yue Stella Yu – In the dwindling hours of this year’s legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers reached consensus on a deal to overhaul the state’s unemployment benefit system. The bill, which cleared the Senate 26-7 and the House 71-19 on Wednesday afternoon,  caps the maximum payout period at as low…

House, Senate approve opposing court plans to hear redistricting, constitutional challenges

May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – Republicans say it’s necessary to move statewide legal decisions out of Davidson County. Democrats contend it is “sausage making” and “court packing” at its worst. Either way, the House voted 68-23 to create a three-member statewide appellate court – to be appointed by the governor…

Resolution to honor openly gay country star TJ Osborne blocked by GOP lawmakers

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021 – WZTV by: Jackie DelPilar – Equality advocates say some Tennessee lawmakers are discriminating against the LGBTQ community by blocking a resolution to honor country music star TJ Osborne of the band Brothers Osborne. The resolution honors the artist for his contributions to the state and his courage in coming out as the first…

Legislation expanding ‘Stop the Bleed’ program in Tennessee schools passes Senate: Bill sponsored by Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Sen. Sara Kyle authorizes bleed-control kits, training for school staff

April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 – Medium – Schools in Tennessee could begin implementing a Stop the Bleed program as soon as next school year under a bill that passed the Senate today. Stop the Bleed training empowers bystanders to take life-saving action to control severe bleeding — regardless of the situation or cause of the bleed.…

Senate defeats amendment prohibiting local challenges of state law

April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – The House took a step Monday toward making the Legislature legally invincible, but the Senate turned back a measure in its version of the legislation that would have prohibited local governments from suing the state. That 14-14 vote defeating an amendment by Sen. Brian Kelsey…

Infrastructure plan renews hope for Amtrak in Nashville

April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021 – NewsChannel5 by: Rebecca Schleicher – President Joe Biden’s current infrastructure plan includes $80 billion for rail, which Amtrak says will help trains roll back into Nashville. Last year, COVID-19 brought plans to study a Nashville to Atlanta line to a halt in the state legislature. But Amtrak says the President’s plan…

Tennessee Speaker of the House Sexton pours cold water on Medicaid expansion proposal

March 27, 2021

March 27, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said Thursday the state’s modified block grant should stay in place before he would support a move to accept the Biden Administration’s Medicaid expansion funds. But regardless, the measure doesn’t appear to have any hope in the House, based on…

Lieutenant governor willing to consider Biden’s Medicaid expansion

March 24, 2021

March 24, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally is opening the door to President Joe Biden’s plan to offer states more money for coverage of the working uninsured. A McNally spokesman said Tuesday the lieutenant governor believes the proposal within the American Recovery Act, which would increase Medicaid…

State bill wants to move constitutional cases against Tennessee laws out of Davidson County

March 17, 2021

March 17, 2021 – The Tennessean by: Mariah Timms – A Tennessee Republican lawmaker wants to move lawsuits against the state out of Davidson County.  Currently, if someone wishes to file a suit claiming state laws or actions are unconstitutional, they must do so in the state’s capital. A new proposal wants to change that…

Democratic lawmakers, legal organizations condemn bill to remove Nashville judge over absentee vote ruling

March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021 – The Tennessean by: Mariah Timms – Leading legal organizations in Tennessee and Democratic lawmakers came to the defense Tuesday of an embattled Nashville judge targeted by Republicans over her decision in a voting rights case.  The legal groups and lawmakers are standing behind Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, who came under fire…

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