Issues to watch during Tennessee's legislative session

It's a rare day at the Tennessee state Capitol when politics does not reign supreme.

The imminent gubernatorial change and significant lawmaker turnover likely leaves even less time for improvements to standardized testing and combating opioid addiction when lawmakers reconvene in Nashville on Tuesday for the second year of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly. 

Unlike recent sessions dominated by significant initiatives like a gas tax increase or Medicaid expansion, such major issues will likely be shelved for the year. 

Instead, as lawmakers begin their months-long session, two statewide elections and more than two dozen lawmakers retiring or seeking another office will loom large over legislative action.   



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