politics and Government

Bill Lee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --   Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday released his full list of legislative priorities for the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Republican governor is asking lawmakers to consider college assistance for children aging out of Tennessee’s foster care system.

Lee also wants to essentially eliminate the state’s gun licensing regulations. His legislation would allow residents to openly carry a firearm virtually anywhere, anytime.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's only openly gay Republican lawmaker is warning that legislation to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports would likely result in vulnerable students being marginalized.

Rep. Eddie Mannis said in a recent letter that the bill would also harm Tennessee’s ability to recruit athletes and businesses.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Tennessee Department of Transportation asked Wednesday that drivers be on the lookout for road crews filling potholes on mid-state roads, highways and interstates.

TDOT has launched what it describes as a “massive” effort to repair the damage done to road surfaces by last week’s severe storms.

Nashville, Murfreesboro and other area communities announced this week they will have their own repair crews out filling potholes as well.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn on Monday had a surprisingly low-key Q&A session with Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blackburn has earned a reputation for bruising confrontations with hearing witnesses.

By contrast, the Republican Senator’s questioning of Democratic President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Justice Department remained friendly throughout. Blackburn did not press nominee Garland, even though he declined to provide definitive answers to any of her questions.

Tenn. Dept. of Education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate has advanced legislation that would allow the governor to issue an executive order requiring schools to offer in-person learning.

The GOP-dominant chamber easily passed the measure Monday on a 27-5 vote, with only Democratic senators opposed.

The bill comes as Republican leaders have lobbed criticisms against Shelby and Davidson counties for declining to provide an in-person schooling option for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.