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Tennessee lawmakers pass K-12 library oversight, end session

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Tennessee General Assembly
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The Tennessee Capitol Building

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have closed out the 2022 legislative session by passing a bill that lets a politically appointed panel remove books from public school libraries statewide through a new veto power over local school board decisions.

The Republican-supermajority Legislature also worked out remaining differences Thursday on an education funding formula overhaul spearheaded by Gov. Bill Lee.

They passed tougher campaign finance and ethics rules amid a federal investigation that has already seen one House Republican plead guilty and resign.

Those proposals and many more will head to the Republican governor, who has never vetoed a bill.

The election-year session began in January.