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Sen. Kyle's 'ban the box' bill passes committee vote

State Sen. Sara Kyle's legislation to eliminate the check box that asks about prior felonies from state job applications passed out of the Senate State and Local committee today with bipartisan support. Continue reading

Guns in the Capitol, defeated!

This week was a victory for public safety in Tennessee after Republicans caved to pressure from Democratic lawmakers and abandoned a dangerous plan to allow guns in our state Capitol. Continue reading

Sen. Yarbro makes progress on mass transit

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Yarbro that authorizes buses to operate in the shoulder lane of state highways and interstates passed the Senate Transportation Committee Monday. Continue reading

Sen. Harris introduces clean energy legislation

Legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris to authorize net metering and make clean energy a better deal for individuals and businesses has been introduced in the state Senate. Continue reading

Guns put legislators, public at risk at Legislative Plaza

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons released the following statements in response to a new policy allowing guns in legislative plaza. Continue reading

Sen. Lee Harris questions credibility of Republican gun expert

NASHVILLE – A so-called expert invited to testify on guns before the Senate Judiciary Committee has been frequently discredited by academia and the media, according to sources found by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris. Continue reading

Senate votes down honor for Hispanic advocate Renata Soto

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons and state Sen. Jeff Yarbro released the following statement today following a vote by the state Senate against honoring Renata Soto, an advocate for Nashville's Hispanic community:  Continue reading

Voucher spending could wipe out new BEP funds

If the General Assembly passes the current proposal on school vouchers, the cost to local school districts would nearly wipe out all new funding proposed by Gov. Haslam in his state of the state address. Continue reading

Lawmakers request audit of JLL contract

NASHVILLE – After hearing from campus workers, students, faculty and business owners across the state who would be affected by Gov. Haslam's extensive plan to outsource state jobs, state Rep. John Ray Clemmons and Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris have called for an audit of the state's expiring contract with Jones Lang LaSalle.   Continue reading

Sen. Kyle: Outsourcing would cut wages for state workers

State Sen. Sara Kyle appeared on WREG's Live at 9 in Memphis Oct. 26 to share her concerns with Gov. Haslam's plan to outsource jobs at 90% of state facilities. Continue reading