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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signs bills cutting taxes

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NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) -- Gov. Bill Haslam signed two tax cuts into law this week, including a reduction in the state sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent as well as a cut to the state's Hall Income Tax for seniors ages 65 and older.

The bills are among more than 50 measures the governor signed as he continues to plow through measures passed by state lawmakers that ended April 19.

Among measures signed is a bill that authorizes local schools to allow teachers with law enforcement backgrounds and specialized training go armed in public schools. The bill, sponsored by Criminal Justice Committee Chairman Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, also would allow schools to hire retired police officers and others with specialized law enforcement training to provide an armed presence.

Other measures signed by the governor include a bill by Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, that triples from $5,000 to $15,000 the criminal fines for persons convicted of assaulting a health care professional during discharge of their duties.

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