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Defeat of Insure Tennessee proposal set tone in 2015 session

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The defeat of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans set the tone for the 2015 session of the state Legislature.

Lawmakers adjourned the first session of the 109th General Assembly on Wednesday night that also featured the defeat of a proposal to offer in-state tuition to non-citizens, the passage of a bill to remove local power to ban guns in parks and the latest rejection of a perennial effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal failed in a special legislative session in February. It was then revived during the regular session - only to be killed again in a Senate committee.

The governor has turned back calls for another special session unless attitudes change significantly.

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