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Capitol Hill Week – Legislation combats welfare fraud in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — The State Senate tackled a wide variety of issues this week as committees prepare to close for the 2017 legislative session.  Many important issues still remain on the General Assembly’s agenda before adjourning next month, including the state’s budget, which will move front and center in the remaining weeks.

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Legislation making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college advances

NASHVILLE — The State Senate approved a wide range of important bills this week, including major legislation to make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college.  This week’s action was also marked by the death of a most beloved former State Senator,

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Capitol Hill Week for February 24, 2017

State Senators hear testimony on the changing national landscape of healthcare

NASHVILLE — Senate Committees worked at “full steam” this week as state senators examined the budgets of 11 agencies and departments of state government and approved a number of important bills.  The budget hearings,

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Capitol Hill Week – February 16, 2017

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hears testimony regarding efforts to combat Tennessee’s Opioid Epidemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony this week from Tennessee’s largest health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBS), about efforts to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. 

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Capitol Hill Week for February 9, 2017

Tennessee’s Stroke Registry Task Force reports on steps taken to implement a robust system of care to reduce risk of preventable complications and death

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Health issues highlighted this week’s action on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard a report from Tennessee’s new Stroke Registry Task Force about how to ensure the rapid identification,

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Capitol Hill Week for February 2, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Governor Bill Haslam presented his State of the State / Budget Address to lawmakers on Monday night as he and the General Assembly continue a multi-year focus on improving education and recruiting new and better paying jobs to Tennessee.  The governor unveiled major legislation to make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college. 

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State Legislature organizes business as 110th General Assembly convenes

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), January 12, 2017 — The 110th General Assembly has begun as state lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to take the oath of office, elect officers and organize the business of the 2017-2018 legislative sessions. The first order of business after the 16 newly-elected senators were sworn in was the election of Lt.

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A FINAL REPORT ON THE 2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION OF THE 109TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Contact:  Darlene Schlicher (615) 741-6336 or email:  [email protected]

NASHVILLE, (May 25, 2016)  — The 109th General Assembly adjourned on April 22, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth,

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Capitol Hill Week: Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey announces he will not seek re-election

Key bills advance in the State Senate as General Assembly works towards April adjournment

NASHVILLE – The announcement that Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will not seek re-election after 24 years of service in the legislature headlined a busy week on Capitol Hill. Ramsey spent four years in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate,

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Capitol Hill Week: Legislation strengthening Tennessee’s DUI laws advances in State Senate

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 10, 2016 – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a major bill this week strengthening Tennessee’s DUI laws. The proposal, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), requires immediate sharing of an impaired driver’s DUI arrest and conviction history with law enforcement, the courts and the National Crime Information Centers (NCIC).

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