Entries by Steven Hale

Subcommittee Passes Drug-Testing Requirement for Gov’t Aid Recipients

An amendment to Rep. Julia Hurley’s bill allows laid-off workers, who took a drug test for their former employer in the previous 45 days, to avoid having to be tested again. Critics on the House Health and Human Resources panel said the bill is unwarranted, mean-spirited and could place a “stigma” on seeking welfare and other government assistance.

Bill to Thwart ‘All Comers’ Policies Moves Forward

Religious student organizations in Tennessee would be free to require that their leaders, or members, hold certain beliefs under legislation passed unanimously by the Senate Education Committee. The bill, SB3597 brought by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, comes in response to a controversial Vanderbilt University nondiscrimination policy. The “all comers” rule mandates that groups must […]

Faulk Refining Guns-in-Lots Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters Wednesday that a long-gestating guns-in-lots proposal would “find a lot more favor” with his administration if it more closely resembled similar legislation in Georgia. Sen. Mike Faulk’s SB3002 would prohibit employers from enacting policies that ban workers from storing firearms in their cars on company lots. The Senate Judiciary Committee […]