Peyton Manning is looking for a new home where he can set up under center, and state politicians are making no secret of their desire for the former UT gridiron titan to choose Tennessee again. Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives “wholeheartedly” signaled a bipartisan hope that the legendary Rocky Top signal-caller “remember his […]
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Lying about military service would be a misdemeanor under a bill passed by the Legislature. “There are people going into bars, and trying to get free drinks by passing themselves off as military people,” Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, said.
Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says state troopers will ‘correctly and professionally’ enforce a new law that bans tents in state-owned spaces where camping is not permitted. The measure was passed to clear Legislative Plaza of tents put up by Occupy Nashville protesters.
Setting up camp on state property not designated for it could earn a violator significant jail time and a hefty fine under bill. Critics argue the measure both undermines a fundamental right to protest and that otherwise law-abiding and well-meaning citizens could run afoul of it unknowingly.
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the new collage of photographs at Legislative Plaza is worth $3,157. Where vending machines once stood along the wall of the hallway connecting Legislative Plaza with the War Memorial Building, the wall is now covered by a spread of photographs from across the state of […]
The revision planned for last year’s controversial “Netflix bill” has been deemed unnecessary by the legislation’s sponsor, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, who withdrew it from consideration Wednesday. McCormick said prosecuting lawful account sharing was not the intent of the bill. “For you to be breaking the law it required criminal intent — and…sharing inside the […]
Lawmakers in the House and Senate judiciary committees on Feb. 7 discussed and moved bills aimed at ending Occupy Nashville’s open-ended encampment on the state’s War Memorial Plaza. Supporters of the eviction effort say it is necessary to protect public property, health, safety and morals. Opponents argue the effort is a thinly veiled attempt to stifle free expression and speech.
Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to cut Tennessee’s sales tax on food by a half percentage point over three years has been joined by several other proposals from Republican and Democratic legislators alike. The volume of bills related to the tax has prompted lawmakers to move all of the proposals to a special meeting of the House […]
Tents and other “living quarters” would not be allowed on public spaces, under a bill advancing at the Capitol aimed at the Occupy Nashville protest — whose members have been camped on War Memorial Plaza for four months. Members of that group say the bill would limit free speech and criminalize homelessness. On Wednesday it […]
The governor’s proposed reduction to the food tax is laudable, but Democratic lawmakers believe it doesn’t go far enough. During the Democratic response to Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address, Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson, said that they applaud Haslam’s proposed reduction from 5.5 percent to 5 percent over a few years, but said […]