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111th General Assembly

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During the day, the steps of the Tennessee Capitol can be busy with lawmakers, staffers and journalists running around trying to make it on time to meetings.

But at night, there’s a different kind of running.

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The open mic portion of the Tennessee House of Representatives is over.

GOP leaders have pushed through rules that eliminate the personal orders period, and added tight restrictions on what they can say during the segment that replaces it.

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Earlier this week, we aired a profile of incoming House Speaker Glen Casada. The position gives the Franklin Republican broad powers to shape the direction of the state legislature — on everything from what bills come up for votes to how lawmakers investigate and police misconduct.

Generic Lawmakers in House of Chambers
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A biblical concept is the inspiration behind a rule change in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

The new policy, proposed by state Rep. Mathew Hill, R-Jonesborough, requires lawmakers to get a second signature when filing an ethical complaint.

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One of the first things lawmakers do once they are sworn in into the Tennessee House of Representatives is learn about what is unethical and what is criminal. For lawmakers who have been in the statehouse for more than one session, the required training could sound like more of the same.

But the freshman class — all 27 of them — seemed to understand why it’s important.

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The Tennessee House of Representatives officially elected Glen Casada, of Franklin, as speaker.

With his parents and loved ones in the House chamber, Casada called on Democrats and Republicans to work in a bipartisan way throughout the new legislative session. 

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One of the roles of presumed House Speaker Glen Casada will be to conduct investigations when a member is accused of wrongdoing.

Outgoing speaker Beth Harwell asked legislators to step down three times in the last three years. But Casada said he'll be more cautious in the role.

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The new legislative session begins on Jan. 8, and the Tennessee House of Representatives will choose its top leader.

Glen Casada of Franklin was picked by the GOP Caucus as its nominee. And, because there’s a Republican supermajority, he’s expected to easily win the position.

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For the first time in 30 years, Tennessee will start a legislative session without Republican Rep. Beth Harwell.

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A new portrait of Gov. Bill Haslam was unveiled this week at the state Capitol.

The ceremony, which happens at the end of every governor’s term, marks the beginning of each one’s legacy.