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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…

Tennessee Bar Association, Democrats Urge Legislature To End Push To Remove Judge Over Absentee Ballot Ruling

March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021 – WPLN by: Sergio Martinez-Beltran – A new proposal in the Tennessee House of Representatives that seeks to remove a Nashville judge is receiving push back from the state’s lawyers and judges, as well as House Democrats. House Resolution 23 was introduced last week by state Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro. It authorizes the…

State lawmaker files legislation for unemployment improvements

February 24, 2021

Feb. 24, 2021 – WSMV by: Caresse Jackman – Over 1 million. That’s the surge in unemployment claims the Department of Labor has had to juggle since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “We are hard after trying to get this lassoed and trying to make it better for the people of Tennessee,” Labor and Workforce Commissioner…

Tennessee Republicans propose taking funds away from school districts that went virtual

January 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Nate Rau and Sam Stockard – Republican lawmakers filed legislation for the special session to take education funds away from school districts that don’t open for at least 70 days during the current school year and the full 180 days for next school year. The late-filed bill was…

GOP kills two teacher pay proposals — without debate: Bills, sponsored by Sen. Yarbro, Sen. Campbell and Rep. Clemmons, would have restored salary funding promised last year, provided pandemic bonus pay

January 20, 2021

Jan. 20, 2021 – Medium – Without debate, Republicans dismissed two education bills that would have boosted teacher pay in a committee meeting Wednesday. Senate Bill 7014, sponsored by Sen. Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) and Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville), proposed a pandemic pay bonus for every teacher in Tennessee equal to 2 percent of their…

Tennessee House passes block grant waiver resolution

January 15, 2021

Jan. 15, 2021 – WSMV by: Cameron Taylor and Joe Wenzel – Changes will be going into place for Tennessee’s Medicaid program called TennCare. Gov. Bill Lee signed a block grant waiver resolution. Members of Tennessee House debated about the resolution for around two hours before it passed on Friday. The vote was 70-22. “Our…

Tennessee Lawmaker Calls For Special Session Amid Historic COVID-19 Spread

December 21, 2020

December 21, 2020 – Fox17 (WZTV) – By: Kaylin Jorge A Tennessee lawmaker is calling for a special session amid historic level of the COVID-19 spread in Tennessee. Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) is calling on fellow lawmakers to join him in submitting a written request to Speaker Sexton and Lt. Governor McNally seeking to…

MorningLine: Election 2020 Overview with Rep. Johnny Garrett and Rep. John Ray Clemmons

November 2, 2020

Nov. 2, 2020 – NewsChannel5+ – Hosted by: Nick Beres On the day before Election Day 2020, Rep. John Ray Clemmons and Rep. Johnny Garrett provide an overview and their thoughts about why this election is so important, Gov. Bill Lee’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and much more.

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