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Senate rejects efforts to revive coal mining bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate has defeated a parliamentary effort to resurrect a bill to curb mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 14-12 to reject the motion brought by Sen. Andy Berke. The Chattanooga Democrat said the vote would show whether "you are you on the side of the coal lobby or ... on the side of the Tennesseans who want this bill."

Berke made the motion on the mountaintop removal bill in response to a Republican-led effort to similarly resurrect a bill to allow Tennesseans to opt out of the new federal health care law.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said the bill wasn't pursued in the Senate because it had not advanced in the House.

Read SB1398 at http://capitol.tn.gov

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