Joe White http://wknofm.org en State Capitol Report: Flurry of Bills As Lawmakers Wrap-Up Session http://wknofm.org/post/state-capitol-report-flurry-bills-lawmakers-wrap-session <p>Lawmakers at the state Capitol are eager to go home&mdash;so much so they&rsquo;re going to try to wrap everything up this week.&nbsp; That means the gears of government turn a little faster.&nbsp; The House and Senate will kick into overdrive, likely passing reams of legislation in a few days. It&rsquo;s a strange time&mdash;where controversial proposals come out of nowhere and legislation thought long dead suddenly rises from the grave. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:05:03 +0000 Joe White & Bradley George 12408 at http://wknofm.org State Capitol Report: Flurry of Bills As Lawmakers Wrap-Up Session State Capitol Report: Employers Not Keen About Guns at Work http://wknofm.org/post/state-capitol-report-employers-not-keen-about-guns-work <p>Big business pushed back against a bill up for debate in the Tennessee legislature that would allow gun owners to keep their firearms in their cars at work, as long as they have a permit and keep the guns locked up. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:30:15 +0000 Bradley George & Joe White 10187 at http://wknofm.org State Capitol Report: Employers Not Keen About Guns at Work State Capitol Report: Republicans Pipe Up on Closing ECD Records http://wknofm.org/post/state-capitol-report-republicans-pipe-closing-ecd-records <p>An effort by the Haslam administration to close records regarding cash grants to private companies is being reworked after hitting a snag in the Tennessee Senate last week. Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey repeated what started as an argument from a few Democrats, that the state should at least make public who owns a company seeking state incentives.</p><p>The Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department says it needs this confidentiality bill to compete for business with other states.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:30:01 +0000 Blake Farmer & Joe White 9417 at http://wknofm.org State Capitol Report: Republicans Pipe Up on Closing ECD Records State Capitol Report: Governor Wants Larger Classes http://wknofm.org/post/state-capitol-report-governor-wants-larger-classes <p>Governor Bill Haslam wants to open the door for larger classes in Tennessee&rsquo;s schools. The governor says with bigger classes, local school boards will need fewer teachers, and be able to pay the remaining teachers more. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:00:13 +0000 Bradley George & Joe White 8665 at http://wknofm.org State Capitol Report: Governor Wants Larger Classes State Capitol Report: 2012 Legislation Session Begins Tuesday http://wknofm.org/post/state-capitol-report-2012-legislation-session-begins-tuesday <p>The Tennessee Legislature reconvenes for its 2012 session tomorrow.&nbsp; Last year, Governor Bill Haslam focused on his priorities and didn&rsquo;t get into the legislative fray, but this year might be a different story.&nbsp; WPLN Capitol reporter Joe White talks with Bradley George about what&#39;s in store.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 13:35:03 +0000 Bradley George & Joe White 6845 at http://wknofm.org