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None to soon. We don't need more destruction of our state.

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Nashville Scene:It was a cap

Nashville Scene:

It was a cap on what Gov. Bill Lee called a “very successful legislative session [with] a very bold agenda,” in which lawmakers passed bills cutting the number of weeks Tennesseans can draw unemployment benefits, giving college athletes permission to make money from endorsements, forcing transgender kids to participate in sports based on the gender listed on their birth certificate, giving Tennesseans the right to carry handguns without a permit, requiring women seeking an abortion to be offered the choice of burying or cremating fetal remains and funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s rainy-day fund, pension fund and a new mental health trust fund whose annual returns will be used to support programs for kids.

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The House and Senate spent much of their final day in Nashville wading into a complicated, vague debate over so-called critical race theory, which Republicans warn is infesting public schools — again, largely anecdotal. The chambers agreed to ban various ideas from Tennessee’s K-12 public schools. Sen. Page Walley of Bolivar was among the only Republicans to express skepticism over the push, part of a national Republican messaging effort on the issue, which seemingly stemmed from a bad experience Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey had as a law student at Georgetown University two decades ago.

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