Bill Haslam

Health
12:08 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Haslam: Sandy Hook Massacre Likely to Impact Gun Debate in Tennessee

The mass-killings last week in Newtown, Connecticut have begun a national dialogue about America’s gun laws. In Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam says the killings will likely have an impact on proposed gun legislation set to be taken up next year in the Volunteer State.

Gov. Haslam says he believes schools and universities in Tennessee should be allowed to legally ban their workers from bringing guns to work. The Tennessean reports it’s a position that puts Haslam at odds with some fellow Republicans in the Tennessee legislature. Some lawmakers in the state are proposing legislation that would force employers to allow workers to have guns in workplace parking lots, as long as owners keep those firearms in their vehicles.

A poll taken for Vanderbilt University before Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown showed 53% of Tennesseans surveyed supported the so-called “guns in trunks” legislation.

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Health
2:07 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Haslam Says No to State Health Insurance Exchange in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam has decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange, leaving the operation to the federal government.

Haslam announced his decision during a speech Monday. The Republican governor, who had until Friday to decide, said the lack of information from the federal government was "scary."

The exchanges, part of the federal health care overhaul, create new online markets where consumers will be able to buy individual private health insurance coverage.

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Economy
1:49 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Tennessee Economics Official to Join Mitt Romney's Campaign

Tennessee’s top economic development officer is taking a temporary leave from his job to help Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Bill Hagerty will join the GOP election effort through November 6.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Haslam Aide: Tennessee Not Promoting Islamic Code

Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is responding to what it calls "confusion" about the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs. The Republican governor was criticized this summer by several Republican groups over what they perceived as the growing influence of a version of the Islamic code called Shariah in Tennessee government.

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Business
8:11 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Haslam Wants Tennessee Schools to Better Prep State Workforce

Gov. Bill Haslam has brought together business leaders struggling to hire qualified workers and education officials who say they need more help preparing the state's workforce.

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Economy
10:17 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Volunteer State Revenue Numbers Much Better than Expected

Tennessee general fund revenues have beaten projections by more than a half-billion dollars with one month left in the budget year. State Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes says collections came in at $130 million above estimates in June, which reflects economic activity from the previous month.

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Education
2:32 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Tennessee Elementary Students Post Gains in New Statewide Testing Scores

New statewide testing data show Tennessee elementary and middle school students making gains in the subjects of math and science. The results come from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

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Education
10:08 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Tennessee to Release Latest Standardized Test Results

The Tennessee Department of Education is releasing data Tuesday afternoon that will show the state’s progress in education reform. The Tennessean reports education leaders will reveal the results of the 2011-12 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. That’s the state’s standardized testing program given to those in third grade and up.

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