A proposal that would allow school board members in Tennessee to participate in meetings remotely is headed to Governor Bill Haslam for his consideration. The measure was sent to Governor Haslam Thursday after the Senate agreed to minor changes made by the House. The legislation would allow school board members to participate in a meeting electronically up to twice a year if they were out of the country for work, on military service or attending to a family emergency. Sponsors say the bill is necessary because some school boards already allow remote attendance and proxy voting without an
Following this year’s redistricting process in Tennessee, at least four former state lawmakers are trying to regain their seats in the legislature, while eight Democratic incumbents will be vying for four seats. Former Democratic Representatives Mark Maddox and Jim Hackworth will run for the seats they lost to Republicans in 2010. Also looking to return are Republican Susan Lynn who gave up her House seat for an unsuccessful Senate bid, and Mike Williams, who lost his Senate re-election bid in 2008.
Three score and 12 years ago, America was in a very different place — economically and culturally. The National Archives has released detailed data from the 1940 census, giving us an idea of how much — or how little — things have really changed.
NPR reports the public will have the chance to pick through more than 3.8 million digital images of census schedules, maps and other data from 72 years ago.
When the top three Republicans in the Tennessee statehouse coalesced behind a plan to cement the state's current selection process for Supreme Court justices into the state constitution, there seemed to be a smooth path ahead for getting the measure before voters in 2014. Two months later, their proposal has made little progress as some Republican lawmakers have embraced a rival proposal, while others want to allow contested elections to take place. A proposal is advancing in the Legislature to impose a federal-style system of having the governor make nominations to the high court's bench
A measure that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House and Senate this evening. The bill seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment." A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.