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Senate committees focus on state budget

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As the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly gets closer to adjournment, Senate committee action last week primarily centered on the state budget. The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee received Governor Bill Haslam’s amended budget proposal on April 25, and it makes several improvements and adjustments to the original plan submitted to lawmakers […]

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Senate HELP Committee works on health, online taxes, nominations

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We had a busy week in Washington last week (April 23-29), especially in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that I chair. The committee passed four bipartisan public health bills. We also voted to recommend Dr. Scott Gottlieb favorably to be the new commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: With God, it’s all about our attitude

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We know how important it is to have a good attitude and the correct motives, especially when it comes to approaching God. Here are two Bible stories that expose the human conscience and identify why some people seem to overlook what is really important in their quest for satisfaction and security. Our first example is […]

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Parents can guide, but children make their own choices

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How many parents have waited for the day when their child’s eyes would suddenly be opened and, like the prodigal, they will finally see the truth and change their ways? Mothers and fathers dearly love their kids, but, unfortunately, things do not always go as planned and many difficult children have caused their parents much […]

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb is right candidate to lead FDA

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The Senate health committee, which I chair, held the confirmation hearing the first week in April for Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s selection to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I am confident Dr. Gottlieb is the right person to lead the FDA given its vital mission. He has impressive qualifications from nearly every […]

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Background on school vouchers

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Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), sponsor of the latest Senate school voucher bill (SB0161), declined to write a column or provide a single statement about school vouchers. However, he has expressed his view widely in the past. He has pushed for vouchers (labeled “school choice”) for more than a decade. This year’s bill is narrower in […]

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Senate acts on major bills of 2017 session

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NASHVILLE — The Senate continued to make progress last week in winding down the 2017 legislative session, acting on some of the most important bills proposed this year, including legislation addressing road improvements, tax relief, elderly abuse and school bus safety. The Senate voted 25 to 6 on April 19 to approve Governor Bill Haslam’s Improving […]

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Bartlett, Arlington, Lakeland school districts oppose voucher bill

Editor’s note: This opinion piece was provided on April 13 upon our request to the superintendents of education for Bartlett, Arlington and Lakeland’s school districts. The leadership of Arlington Community Schools, Bartlett City Schools, and Lakeland School System strongly oppose voucher bill SB 161/HB 126. The bill’s proponents reason that the bill is needed to […]

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Legislative committee approves bridge repairs

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Legislation prioritizing the repair of structurally-deficient bridges in Tennessee was unanimously approved by the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, April 12. Senate Bill 1220, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), authorizes the Department of Transportation (TDOT) to pay up to 100 percent of the cost to repair or replace bridges […]

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Heroin: ‘We are going to be the best of friends’

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns on the perils of heroin. See Part 2 here, Part 3 here , Part 4 here and Part 5 here. Hello, young person. My name is Heroin. It is so good to meet you for the first time. And I just know we are going […]

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Americans for Prosperity condemns committee passage of gas tax hike

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NASHVILLE — Americans for Prosperity Tennessee (AFP-TN), an advocate for taxpayers, has been connecting grassroots groups across Tennessee to stop the gas tax hike. Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted legislators through phone calls and emails opposed to the tax increase. After the bill passed the legislative committee hurdle, AFP-TN State Director Andy Ogles released […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: The passion of Christ is our eternal hope

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. This is the time of year when Christians remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a season when His followers are focused […]

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