MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Is the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that says marriage is between only a man and a woman constitutional?
The United States Supreme Court will be taking up that issue Wednesday.
Justices are looking at the case of a New York woman who sued to challenge a $363,000 federal estate tax bill after the woman she married died in 2009. Had Edith Windsor married a man, the estate tax bill would have been zero.
The case is being followed closely by Tennesseans on both sides of the issue.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This may be the week that Governor Haslam announces whether he will support expanding Medicaid in Tennessee.
Proponents say the money for expanding Medicaid on offer from the federal government is too good a deal to pass up. But detractors point to Tennessee’s failed experiment to expand TennCare in the 1990s as evidence that Washington is an unreliable partner.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An effort is under way again this legislative session to change Tennessee's Open Meetings Law.
Local officials complain the current law is so restrictive, they can’t even get together for a barbecue. Some officials say they’d like to be able to meet in small groups as long as a quorum isn’t present.
Frank Gibson directs the Tennessee Open Meetings Association. He says the current law doesn’t need to be changed, officials just need to be educated about its requirements.