New governor, huge freshman class await Tennessee General Assembly

New governor, huge freshman class await Tennessee General Assembly

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+5 more photos * New emphasis on vocational/technical education in middle, high school: Gov.-elect Bill Lee is expected to put forward a plan to boost learning in trades for students who may not be interested in college. * School vouchers: Lee has also shown interest in a pilot program that would create taxpayer-funded vouchers to let students attend private schools. * Sports betting: Rep. Rick Staples, D-Knoxville, has introduced the “Tennessee Sports Gaming Act” which would allow counties to hold a referendum if approved by local government or a grassroots petition signed by 10 percent of local voters. * Medical marijuana: Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, plans to restart his push to legalize use of medical marijuana with a number of restrictions. * Medicaid expansion: Minority Democrats plan to push for expanding Medicaid to an estimated 300,000 low-income adult Tennesseans under the Affordable Care Act. Lee and majority Republicans are opposed. * Health care costs: While providing few details, Lee has said he wants to address health care costs. Meanwhile, several Hamilton County Republicans are hoping to tackle some aspects through price transparency for some health providers. * De-annexation: Republicans Sen. Bo Watson and Rep. Mike Carter, both of Hamilton County, intend to renew their push for a law that would allow some residents of cities to vote to leave municipalities under certain conditions. * Mental health funding: With jails ill-equipped to deal with increasing numbers of mentally ill prisoners, Hamilton County lawmakers as well as expected new House speaker, […]

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