As two bills extending in-state college tuition to undocumented immigrants and U.S.-born children whose parents are undocumented await a series of committee votes on the Hill, the Nashville Chamber board is officially adding the issue to their legislative agenda.
The annual cost difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition can be as much as $8,000 for a public university in our region. The proposed legislation aligns with the Chamber’s policy principles of increasing the number of postsecondary degrees in the region and immigration-related reforms that address workforce needs.
Haslam said this week the concept has "merit," but has yet to say whether he'll offer his support.
Terri Lynn Weaver has proposed a bill that would create a misdemeanor for women who give birth to babies addicted to cocaine, heroin or meth.
Rep. Mike Turner, who has toyed with running for mayor in Nashville, announced on the House floor today he will not seek reelection.
“I’ve served here 14 years, and I can honestly say there’s no one I’ve served with I don’t personally like. And I’ve tried not to like some of you,” said Turner, the House Democratic Caucus chairman. “This is a hard place to quit.”
Turner, D-Old Hickory, said early this year he is mulling a bid for mayor in 2015 to replace term-limited Karl Dean, and told the Post last week he is still considering a run for Nashville’s top spot.
"My time in the legislature may be coming to an end, but I won’t ever stop fighting to make Nashville and Tennessee a better place for all,” he said in a press release.