Lawmakers hope for quick session
NASHVILLE (AP) — Lawmakers are planning to make the second session of the 105th General Assembly a quick one.
State law bans political fundraising while the Legislature is in session, so the sooner lawmakers complete their business in the session that begins Tuesday, the sooner they can start getting their re-election campaigns under way.
All 99 House seats and 16 of 33 Senate seats are up for election this fall.
Among the major issues that lawmakers are expected to address are changes to the lottery scholarship program, the governor’s push for more pre-K funding and an attempt to change cable permitting rules to give AT&T Inc. an easier entry into the statewide market.
The backdrop to the session is lower-than-expected tax collections that will likely require some belt-tightening during the current budget year and the next. Published in The Messenger 1.8.08