The Tri-Star State
By Nashville Public Radio
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What’s happening in Tennessee politics this week? Nashville Public Radio statehouse reporter Chas Sisk breaks down what you need to know at the state capitol and beyond — in just a few minutes. Episodes released each Sunday.
||CleanWhy Governor Haslam's Opioid Restrictions Took So Long To Advance||Governor Bill Haslam is headed into the final months of his time in office, and he’s decided that combating the opioid epidemic will be his last big legislative push. Haslam started the session by endorsing a proposal that would impose stricter rules||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Tennessee Legislature’s Bumpy Road To The End Of Session||There were high hopes among state lawmakers at the start of this year’s legislative session that they could get done early and without much controversy as many have elections looming this fall. But as bills have moved forward, some emotional debates h||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Next Hurdles For Medical Cannabis In Tennessee||Medical cannabis has gotten further than ever before in the Tennessee legislature. And that’s still not very far. A single subcommittee voted in favor of a bill that would allow prescriptions for patients to use cannabis oils in edibles or through vap||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's On The Table — And What's Not — After The Parkland Shooting||The leading topic of discussion nationwide continues to be guns in the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. And state capitols around the country are feeling pressure to act and help put an end to the wave of massacres.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMemphis Confederate Monument Fight Draws In Lawmakers Across Tennessee||The issue of Confederate monument removal has come back to the state legislature this year in the shape of several bills filed, mainly, by East Tennessee Republicans.||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat The Tennessee Budget Tells Us About Gov. Haslam's Priorities For His Last Year||Governor Bill Haslam has started trying to sell lawmakers on the last budget of his tenure. And while that may have been overshadowed by Nashville drama developing a few blocks from the capitol, the numbers the budget contains can say something about th||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: The Complete Interview With Sen. Lamar Alexander||Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright. The Republican lawmaker has been working with||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSen. Lamar Alexander Talks Health Care, Immigration and Copyright||Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright. The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democra||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Look At Some Of The New Bills For 2018||This year’s legislative session is fully under way and that means a long list of new bills. More than 250 measures have been proposed so far, and the deadline isn’t until the end of next week.||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Tennessee Democrats Want To Make Health Care The Main Issue||Democrats in the Tennessee legislature moved swiftly last week to make health care the first debate of the 2018 session.||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Wave Of Turnover Could Scramble The Legislative Session||Tennessee is in for an eventful few weeks, as lawmakers return to Nashville for the second year of the 110th General Assembly. And while it’s hard to predict what controversies will arise while they’re in session, it is clear that a huge wave of tur||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|