Tenn. lawmakers hope to adjourn session this week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers are preparing for what they hope is the last week of the 107th General Assembly, though issues that still need to be worked out range from the state's annual spending plan to resilient efforts to establish guidelines for teaching about gay issues in schools.

Also pending is a dispute between business groups and gun advocates over a bill seeking guarantee employees' right to store firearms their cars while at work.

House Democrats have proposed an alternate budget plan that would recognize a larger influx of revenues and make a deeper cut in the state's sales tax on groceries.

Republican House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga said he expects all maters to be resolved in time to end the session toward the end of the week.

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