Insure Tennessee Efforts Fail In Senate Committee

After anticipation and discussion, Governor Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan has failed in committee, drawing the Extraordinary Session to a close and paving the way for the legislature’s regular session. In the first vote the bill faced, in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, a 7-4 vote killed the governor’s signature healthcare reform plans. Senators … Continued

State Issues

Special Session on Insure Tennessee Begins

At 5:45 p.m. CST on February 2, the Tennessee State Senate and House will convene in a joint session to open the state’s 58th Extraordinary Session, the first since 2010. The session, called by Governor Bill Haslam, will be used to discuss the Governor’s hotly debated ‘Insure Tennessee’ plan. Haslam has explained that, if approved, … Continued

Health Sciences

109th Tennessee General Assembly Begins

State lawmakers convened on Tuesday for the first day of the 109th General Assembly.  The Oath of Office was administered to members and they officially elected leadership. As anticipated, House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) was re-elected, as was Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville). The first week of the legislature’s work is largely organizational:  They’ll elect … Continued

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