GOP holds all the cards as state legislative session begins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Lawmakers have convened for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

As required by the Tennessee Constitution, the session was called into order at noon Tuesday.

For this session, Republicans have added to their already substantial advantages in both the Senate and House, gaining supermajorities in both chambers after the November election.

Key legislation expected to come up this session includes a measure to allow wine in supermarkets and proposals allowing teachers to be armed at school.

In an attempt to limit bill filing, House Speaker Beth Harwell has proposed setting a cap on how many bills are filed each year.

Under the measure, each lawmaker would be limited to 10 bills.

Harwell's proposal would have to be approved by a special committee she will appoint when the session begins.


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