Tennessee Legislature


The Tennessee State Legislature has voted to lift all restrictions on creating new municipal school districts throughout the state.

If Governor Haslam signs the bill, what will be the future of those schools in Shelby County?

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses renaming Forrest Park, the merged-school budget, and a guns-in-parking lots bill from the Tennessee State Legislature.

This week's panel includes guest-host Pierre Kimsey, Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News, Michael Kelley of the Commercial Appeal, and Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer.


Today the Behind the Headlines Roundtable looks at the future of the new Shelby County Unified school district.

State of Tennessee

Lawmakers at the state Capitol are eager to go home—so much so they’re going to try to wrap everything up this week.  That means the gears of government turn a little faster.  The House and Senate will kick into overdrive, likely passing reams of legislation in a few days. It’s a strange time—where controversial proposals come out of nowhere and legislation thought long dead suddenly rises from the grave.

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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.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, our panel looks at the annexation battle which is playing out between the Tennessee state legislature and the Memphis City Council, school consolidation, and good economic news for Memphis companies. 

The Tennessee Legislature reconvenes for its 2012 session tomorrow.  Last year, Governor Bill Haslam focused on his priorities and didn’t get into the legislative fray, but this year might be a different story.  WPLN Capitol reporter Joe White talks with Bradley George about what's in store.