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Wednesday Wrap:There she is, Miss America

March 14th, 2019

— Legislating took a back seat to beauty queens Wednesday, as Miss America Nia Franklin, a Davidson County native, stopped by the State Capitol and the Legislative Building.

In actual legislation, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow small businesses to group together to purchase health coverage for their employees. But Democrats tried to work Medicaid expansion in through an amendment that was tabled, possibly barring the Senate from considering expansion again this year.

The House gave initial approval to the $1.9 billion school construction bond proposal and a measure that would increase the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement officer with a gun. A similar bill, which also would increase death benefits to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, cleared the House Judiciary Committee.

The House Judiciary Committee also passed a measure that would increase the penalty for breaking into a pharmacy.

State elections director Kim Strach told the House Elections committee that lawmakers need to adopt tighter rules for requesting and submitting absentee ballots to prevent fraud like that found in the last fall’s 9th Congressional District race.

Strach’s testimony came hours after search warrants in the 9th District investigation were unsealed.

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