Momentum is mounting for a possible proposal to raise the state's gas tax for the first time in 25 years.
Gov. Bill Haslam told says that he thinks a legislative proposal on the issue is close, and could be introduced in the next General Assembly, which convenes in January.
The push comes as a group representing 40 mayors in Middle Tennessee sent a letter urging Haslam and state lawmakers to find new sources of revenue to pay for transportation needs. Chambers of commerce also are pushing the idea of increasing the gas tax.
In addition, the Tennessee Farm Bureau no longer lists opposition to a gas tax increase as among its legislative priorities.
Still, the newspaper reports any proposal to increase the tax would face hurdles.
Doctors at two Kentucky research hospitals can prescribe medicine derived from marijuana oil to treat child seizures under a bill that cleared the General Assembly on Monday.
The bill would allow Kentuckians to use cannabidiol in two cases: a prescription from a doctor at the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville research hospitals, or a trial from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Senate gave the bill final approval Monday and it will become law unless Democratic Governor Steve Beshear vetoes it. The bill comes as states across the country are allowing the limited use of marijuana and its products for medical purposes.
In other news from Frankfort, Kentucky drivers will not pay more in states taxes at the gas pump this summer.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he's told legislative leaders to prepare the state's two year road spending plan without the extra $107 million that would come from a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax.
Gas prices are getting ready to go up again in Kentucky. On July 1, the state's gas tax will increase 2.1 cents per gallon. That means motorists will be paying nearly 30 cents in Kentucky taxes for each gallon they purchase. The increase is automatic because the state's tax is tied to the average cost of wholesale gas, which has been rising.