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Legislative issue - there are two bills before the Metro Council (BL2015 and 1139 and 1147) that address the need for more affordable and workforce housing in Nashville BL2015-1139 - establishes a mandated tool (inclusionary zoning) and a percentage target of 14%... [+] more
Amendment 3 is one of three ballot measures to be decided by Davidson County voters at the same time as elections for mayor, vice mayor and Metro Council members on Aug. 6. Early voting in Davidson County begins July 17. Amendment #3 requires any builder or construction... [+] more
Other Issues
In February, Gov. Haslam convened a special session of the General Assembly to review Insure Tennessee, a plan to expand Medicaid health care coverage to working-age adults earning below 138 percent of the federal poverty level through two private-market insurance options... [+] more
In 2013, the General Assembly passed legislation that decriminalized storing guns or ammunition on property where it is prohibited by the landowner, making it more difficult for Tennessee businesses and property owners to exclude firearms from their property. The 2013... [+] more
Benefit corporations are a new type of for-profit entity that give businesses the option of incorporating to pursue a social cause, in addition to the traditional focus on investor return. Benefit corporations are treated the same as other for-profit entities for tax... [+] more
Davidson County residents living in poverty are less likely to have the education they need to obtain a job in the region and, as a result, are less likely to be employed. When they do obtain employment, they are more likely to have a job that does not guarantee access to... [+] more
Tennessee, especially Middle Tennessee, is consistently ranked as one of the best places in which to do business. In order to maintain a competitive business environ­ment where companies choose to create jobs, it is critical to preserve valuable economic development... [+] more
Since 1994, appellate and Supreme Court judges have been nominated by a state commission, appointed by the governor and retained or removed by the Tennes­see electorate every eight years. Despite a system that worked well for Tennessee, there was disagreement around... [+] more
Tennessee has no laws concerning overtime, minimum wage or the regulation of salaried employees, deferring instead to federally mandated wage policies. Currently, five states (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina) do not have a minimum wage... [+] more