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GOP leaders hold secret weekend budget negotiations

The Tennessean’s Natalie Allison made the trek into the legislative office complex over the weekend to check up on budget negations between Republican leaders in the House and Senate. Once she showed up, the meeting was abruptly adjourned.

Secret meetings are nothing new at the General Assembly, which has exempted itself from the state’s open meetings laws. But that doesn’t make it look any better for leadership to hammer out details of the state’s annual spending plan behind closed doors.

The latest crop of specialty license plates is here

Tennessee has more than 100 specialty license plates available to vehicle owners. Under a bill headed for the Senate floor, the state would get 22 more.

Here’s the list of proposed new plates advanced by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday:

  • Antique Auto.
  • Blood Donors.
  • Fighting for At-Risk Youth.
  • Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms.
  • Germantown Charity Horse Show.
  • Green County School System.

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