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Friday a divided house voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. The bill’s sponsor Tennessee Republican Diane Black said they’re not discussing whether receiving and abortion is illegal, only if Planned Parenthood has been breaking the law in the way that they’re administering abortions. Black’s bill only suspends funding to allow Congress to conduct investigations. Planned Parenthood claims to have done nothing wrong.
Two Tennessee lawmakers have filed a bill in opposition to the supreme court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. On Thursday, State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representative Mark Pody Filed the “Natural Marriage Defense Act”. Supporters of the bill say the SCOTUS gay marriage ruling violates the religious freedoms of those who do not believe in same-sex marriage. The bill will go before the Legislature when it reconvenes in January.
As critics accuse Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam of putting Tennessee government up for sale, Haslam maintains that he is not biased toward privatizing state government jobs. It’s been reported that Haslam is on an outsourcing fast track, something the Governor denies, saying a decision on the issue is months away. That’s little comfort to those government workers at the state’s prisons, parks, universities and colleges who may lose their jobs to big business. Critics also point to their data that shows that many government employees are currently working for less than the industry standard. They also say that outsourcing will not only take away jobs but will also hurt local businesses who provide supplies to these institutions. That doesn’t make sense to them and they question how it can still make sense to Haslam. In the face of this heated debate and accusations that outsourcing deals are already being made, Haslam states his administration is still reviewing the data and only wants to do what is best for the taxpayers of Tennessee.
Congratulations to the Stone Memorial High School Athletes of the Week for week 4 Cody Wyllins (football) had 19 carries for 203 rushing yards and 2 TDs (one being a 75 yard run) vs. Upperman. Kate Keenan (girls soccer) had 3 goals in 2 games vs.Clinton and Kingston.
Historically dry Morgan County is considering allowing the sale of alcohol to increase revenues. In an effort to find money for new school buses and six more sheriff’s deputies, a liquor tax proposal is being drawn up and could be voted on by county commissioners within the next couple of months. If it passes, voters will have the final say in the 2016 General Election.