House, Senate approve Haslam's transportation bill
Gov. Bill Haslam's hotly debated, controversial transportation-funding plan has made its way out of the General Assembly.
By a vote of 60-37, the bill cleared what was arguably its biggest hurdle in the House. Nine Middle Tennessee representatives, including three Rutherford County representatives and three Sumner County representatives, voted against the bill. All Davidson County representatives voted in favor of the bill.
By a vote of 25-6, the bill passed the Senate. Nearly all Middle Tennessee senators voted in support of the bill. Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) and Sen. Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) voted against the bill.
To be sure, there are differences between the versions passed, but if either the House or Senate agrees to conform to the other, then the bill could avoid going to conference committee.