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On last day of session General assembly halts residential, agricultural annexations until 2014

April 20th, 2013 3:36 pm by Tom Humphrey, Knoxville News Sentinel

The 2013 session of the Tennessee General Assembly ended Friday with a contentious House-Senate clash that left dead Republican-sponsored bills on subjects ranging from charter schools to choosing judges.

The two chambers, both controlled for the first time by a Republican supermajority, reached final-day agreement on imposing a 13-month moratorium on cities annexing residential or agricultural land.

Gov. Bill Haslam said his two biggest disappointments in the day’s events were the failure of two measures dealing with charter schools, especially a “charter authorizer” bill that would have allowed a state board to override local school boards that turn down a charter school application.


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