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Short Senate Session Saturday

Senate leaders say they want to wrap up the legislative year by 6 p.m Wednesday. The House will be back Tuesday and has not yet decided when it plans to adjourn for the year.

After an relatively uneventful Saturday morning following a flurry of legislative activity Friday, the Tennessee Senate adjourned for the weekend, but resolved to finish up their work for the 2010 session on Wednesday.

The body met for little over an hour Saturday. The House took the weekend off with plans to pick up again Tuesday morning.

Lawmakers had expected to act on a reassembled version of the Health Freedom Act, a bill that would block aspects of the federal health care overhaul. The measure essentially died in a House committee but was resurrected Friday when the Senate agreed to paste the act’s language on a related bill then send it to the full House.

Sen. Mae Beavers, who has been championing the the legislation, said she has been assured the House will wait for the Senate’s version of the bill.

“It’s on the House floor but they’re not going to pass it until we give (the House) something,” said the Mt. Juliet Republican.

Before heading out Saturday, the Senate ironed out a minor difference with a House budget bill that encourages investors with TNInvestco to “strive to maximize the participation of minority-owned businesses and woman-owned businesses to reflect the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of Tennessee’s population.”

The legislation also directs 25 percent of the state’s proceeds from the investments be transferred to the small and minority-owned business assistance program fund.

The measure, which was an add-on from the House, passed 20-5.

Senate leaders say they want to wrap up the legislative year by 6 p.m Wednesday. The House will be back Tuesday and has not yet decided when it plans to adjourn for the year.

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