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Tennessee: 2017 Session Ends
May 10, 2017

Lawmakers concluded the 2017 regular session today after approving a measure to require emergency medical personnel to transport overdose patients to a hospital, a gas tax increase, tax cuts for phone companies, and a requirement that legislators report private-source contributions for trips and other items. The General Assembly also approved the flying of the POW-MIA flag at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Legislative Plaza in Nashville.

As the session ended, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a measure that would increase the amount of campaign contributions that legislators could receive. Governor Bill Haslam (R), who does not possess a pocket veto, has 10 days upon transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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