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"I think we're going to accomplish great things with the Governor," says Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).
The power on Capitol Hill is now overwhelmingly in Republican hands. The GOP has a 2/3 super majority in both chambers.
"You know it's an awesome responsibility to have that on our shoulders, and I feel like we're up to the task of leadership," says Harwell.
The big question here: will there be room for compromise? It's possible to pass any bill without a single Democrat's vote. Democrats are already trying to assert themselves, asking for more open meetings, and challenging some of the Republican proposals being offered.
"James K. Polk said one man with courage is a majority, and we will put that to test this session," says Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis).
There are plenty of issues to debate, including wine in grocery stores, school vouchers, teachers with guns and reducing the tax on food. Democrat Representative Mike Stewart (D-Nashville) says Republicans will ultimately answer to voters.
"I suspect after this session, we'll see the people of Tennessee in many areas make a change and move toward Democrats and away from Republicans," says Stewart.
Several members say they're looking forward to a productive and efficient session.
"What the people really want us to do is balance the budget, cut taxes, have a smaller government, and get out as quickly as we can," says Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).
The gavel has dropped on Capitol Hill. One party leads, the other keeps fighting. Lawmakers hope to complete their work on Capitol Hill by the end of April. Governor Haslam will present his budget proposal to the General Assembly at the end of the month.
Tuesday, January 8 2013, 09:13 PM CST
Court rules against man who lost handgun permit
May 24, 2013 16:15 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Appeals Court has ruled against a man who claimed state law regulating the carrying of firearms was unconstitutional.
Leonard Embody filed suit in 2010 after state officials took away his carry permit, finding a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public."
The revocation came after Embody was detained by Belle Meade police in 2010 while walking with a .44 caliber black powder revolver in his hand. He was detained in 2009 while walking in Radnor Lake State Park with an AK-47-style pistol. There have been at least three similar incidents, although Embody was never charged with a crime.
Embody claimed in court the Second Amendment gave him a right to carry firearms.
The Appeals Court disagreed, ruling that the right to bear arms is not unrestricted.
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