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Haslam's 'liaison' team used to push agenda up through legislature

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NASHVILLE — When the 132 members of the Tennessee House and Senate convene for the 2014 legislative session in next month, Gov. Bill Haslam will have 40 "legislative liaisons" — collectively drawing state salaries totaling more than $3 million — on hand to explain the governor's position on issues they consider.

"Everything we do in the (Legislative) Plaza has been part of the process (of)... speaking with one voice and that is the governor's voice," says Leslie Hafner, who oversees the Haslam team, holding the title senior adviser for legislation with a salary of $153,000 per year. "Our mantra is, ‘There's only one position and that's the governor's position'.

"It's how the executive branch and the legislative branch interface," she said in an interview. "We need to be talking on a regular basis."

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