Tenn. lawmakers still trying to conclude business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With Tennessee lawmakers on the verge of adjourning several weeks earlier than usual, the end-of-session wrangling has been as intense as ever.

Budget disagreements between the two chambers led to the first conference committee on the spending plan since the acrimonious debate over the income tax more than a decade ago.

And several contentious measures, including the guns-in-parking-lots bill, could still crop up before the 107th General Assembly concludes its business. But The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that another contentious measure known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill won't come up for a vote.

The House met in an 11-minute floor session Sunday evening to hold a procedural vote on a constitutional amendment to allow veterans groups to hold charitable lotteries.

Lawmakers hope to conclude the legislative session Monday.

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