Haslam agenda hits hard times in Tenn. Legislature

Haslam agenda hits hard times in Tenn. Legislature (Image 1)
Haslam agenda hits hard times in Tenn. Legislature (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor's wishes.

The GOP supermajority in the General Assembly has also advanced a guns-in-parks bill the governor opposes, sidetracked Haslam's anti-meth bill and showed little urgency in taking up his signature proposal to offer free community college tuition to all high school graduates.

And Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program was tinkered with in a House subcommittee and only emerged due to the direct intervention of Speaker Beth Harwell.

With as little as a month remaining in this year's legislative session, time is running out for the Haslam administration to right the ship.

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