Tennessee lawmakers have put the state budget behind them. Now they’ll turn to what really worries them: getting re-elected.
Members of the legislature will return to Nashville on Monday for what many of them (and perhaps many Tennesseans) hope will be the last time this year. But they’re facing a long list of issues that have been pushed to the session’s final days — many of which could have serious ramifications to their chances of returning to the Capitol in 2015.
After resisting the urge last week to load up Gov. Bill Haslam’s $32.4 billion budget proposal with special projects for their districts or raises for state employees, lawmakers now could face crucial votes on guns, education, drugs and taxes.
Lawmakers’ votes on these issues could prove to be as important as, if not more than, the dozens they have cast in the months leading up to the 108th General Assembly’s final hours.
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