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Tennessee lawmakers still trying to conclude business

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - While Tennessee lawmakers are on the verge of adjourning several weeks earlier than usual, the end-of-session wrangling has been as intense as ever.

Budget disagreements between the two chambers led to the first conference committee on the spending plan since the acrimonious debate over the income tax of more than a decade ago.

And several contentious matters - ranging from the guns-in-parking-lots bill to a measure barring the teaching about gay issues - could still crop up before the 107th General Assembly finally concludes its business.

The House was scheduled to meet in an unusual Sunday night floor session to make a procedural vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow veterans groups to raise money through charitable lotteries.

Lawmakers hope to conclude the legislative session on Monday.

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