Tennessee

By JONATHAN MATTISE and KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state. The Republican-supermajority...
NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid court costs. The Senate on Tuesday advanced a proposal allowing people to still have a restricted driver’s license while they pay off their court fines using a payment...
by Jonathan Mattise NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to let legislation to allow sports betting become law without his signature, putting a state that has largely shied from expanding gambling in position to become the first to offer an online-only sportsbook. The bill is headed to the Republican governor...
By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jason Scott wanted to attend community college in Seattle, he needed a high school transcript, and he couldn't get that without a birth certificate. The only problem was that Scott is transgender and his Tennessee birth certificate lists him as...
Local organizers are calling a new bill moving through the Tennessee General Assembly a direct attack on minority voters. “It’s preposterous and intended to disenfranchise minorities from voting,” said Ian Randolph, a local organizer who also serves as a committee member for the Shelby County Democratic Party. “It could definitely...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving. House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill still...
By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday. The vote bucked some voting rights groups, who have voiced fear...
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups came out Monday against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal, which he has pitched as a way to help low-income students who attend low-performing schools. The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, which champions policies that address disparities in...
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By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of African-American men entering medical school hasn't budged since the late 1970s, and Dr. James Hildreth wants to change that. Hildreth is president and CEO of Nashville's Meharry Medical College, the oldest historically black medical school in the country. On Friday,...
While U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos isn't convincing members of Congress to expand education choices for families, she found a more receptive audience Monday in Tennessee. DeVos joined Gov. Bill Lee to visit a Nashville charter school where students have shown academic gains. Earlier in the day, she talked...