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Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative agenda hits fresh snags

NASHVILLE, TN (Times Free Press) -- Gov. Bill Haslam likes to compare 2011, his first year in office, to a football game — his team was in the locker room trying on shoulder pads while the other team, the General Assembly, was on the field awaiting kickoff.

When the legislature convened its 2012 session in January, Haslam and his team of commissioners were suited up and ready to run with a full-blown legislative agenda.

Haslam's more-aggressive agenda includes proposals on education and civil service reform, a crime package and reworking rules for economic incentive grants. The new rules would allow private companies getting taxpayer assistance to locate in Tennessee to keep their ownership secret from the public.

It's a good thing they're wearing shoulder pads and helmets. Because even though he's a Republican and the state House and Senate are GOP-controlled, Haslam and his team are running into their fair share of blocks, tackles and head-butts as they try to move bills.

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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