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Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

Political Reporter & Host

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is Nashville Public Radio’s political reporter and host of The Tri-Star State podcast. Before moving to Nashville, Sergio covered education for the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden, Utah. He is a Puerto Rico native and his work has also appeared on NPR station WKAR, San Antonio Express-News, Inter News Service, GFR Media and WMIZ 1270 AM. 

In his free time (once in a blue moon), Sergio can be found playing volleyball or in Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the coolest uncle (feel free to fact-check) to Olivia and Jimena. 

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Some prescription drugs in Tennessee may soon have to be dispensed in a lockable bottle.

Backers of the proposal, including parents of people killed due to opioid overdoses, said it would prevent teens of getting hooked on opioids.

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State lawmakers took the first step Monday toward eliminating the subpoena powers of police oversight boards like the one recently formed in Nashville.

The proposal also restricts another key aspect of the group: its diversity requirement.

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Randy McNally is starting his third year as speaker of the Tennessee Senate.

He’s already weighed in on issues such as abortion, Nashville's Community Oversight Board and closing primaries in Tennessee. He says he wants to make sure that the bills that are passed are constitutional and good for the state.

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A measure in the Tennessee House of Representatives that would ban abortions once a heartbeat has been detected has gained the support of Gov. Bill Lee.

The new governor said he’ll back any legislation that reduces the number of abortions, even if it takes the state to court.

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A Memphis lawmaker wants to expand the benefits of the Tennessee Reconnect grant to people in prison.

Democrat Barbara Cooper said incarcerated people who are able to go to community college could help fill job openings after they're released.

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The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has asked Gov. Bill Lee to increase its funding to continue its work with kids in foster care.

The department said it needs $78 million more to successfully serve an increase in children in the foster system.

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Hundreds of bills have already been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly and the House is only one week in while the Senate is just set to begin.

Now committees will start discussing the measures.

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Gov. Bill Lee is putting together his first budget proposal, and he has asked 28 state agencies to find places to trim.

The new governor says this could help free up money to pay for his plans.

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The Tennessee House of Representatives approved Wednesday a resolution that honors the legacy of Martin Luther King and denounces racism — a unanimous decision that the chamber's Republican leader hopes unanimously will set the tone for this year’s legislative session.

It comes after House lawmakers killed a measure last year denouncing white nationalism, a failure that some saw as an embarrassment for the Republican-led body.

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Gov. Bill Lee says he plans to focus on education and criminal justice reform throughout his tenure.

Although he still hasn’t gone into details, he says partnerships with the private sector and nonprofits will be key in tackling those issues.