Monday, May 23, 2011


The fist session of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly is in the books:

The 107th General Assembly ended its first session on Saturday as both the Tennessee House and the Senate had a marathon weekend in which the House Calendar and Rules Committee was still meeting well after midnight Friday to set the schedule for Saturday, and some legislative staffers were sending messages on Twitter that they were still up at 2AM Central Time after a long evening of helping to prepare legislation for the House floor the next day. Republican leadership in both Houses were eager to show that the new governing party could achieve its agenda and adjourn for the year much sooner than previous leadership had done. While Democrats chided Republicans for spending too much time on what they deemed controversial bills, the Republican leadership led by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) were quick to counter that the GOP did largely what was promised to voters if they agreed to give the Republicans the legislative reins after the 2010 General Election.

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