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Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines A bill that would establish polling places on institutions of higher education in Tennessee has been introduced in the General Assembly, with multiple MTSU representatives playing key roles in the formation of the proposal. London Lamar, the youngest female representative in Tennessee, has introduced HB0554, which would require …

Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines On Monday, March 4, Gov. Bill Lee presented his State of the State address, in which he outlined his priorities for his time in office and the proposed 2019-20 budget. Following the speech, MTSU President Sidney McPhee released an analysis of the budget in regards to how Lee’s …

Photo courtesy of Julie Bocchino / Flickr Story by Ashley Perham / MTSU Seigenthaler News Service Sen. Rosalind Kurita has introduced a bill in the Tennessee legislature to raise the legal smoking and vaping age in Tennessee from 18 to 21. SB280 would make it a Class C misdemeanor for 18 to 21-year-olds to purchase …

Photos and story by Alexis Marshall / Reporter  The Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed a controversial bill to the next level Wednesday that would strip community oversight boards of subpoena power. Among others, Nashville Mayor David Briley attended the meeting to voice his opposition. Sponsor Rep. Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) said Tennessee law currently has …

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Story by Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he won’t seek re-election in 2020. Alexander said in a news release Monday that he’s deeply grateful for being elected to serve more combined years as governor and senator than anyone else in Tennessee. But …

Photo by Anthony Merriweather / MTSU Sidelines  Story by Angele Latham / Contributing Writer  Over two weeks after the 2018 midterm elections, Americans are still reeling over the monumental changes brought to Congress. With an estimated 113 million voters casting their ballots, the turnout rate marked the first midterm election in U.S. history to exceed …