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Haslam Says TN Ready for Supreme Health Care Ruling — Either Way

Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee is ready for Thursday’s expected Supreme Court ruling on the federal healthcare overhaul, no matter what the Supreme Court decides, reports WPLN, beecause the state has been carefully keeping its options open for the last year.
If the federal law stands, the state’s main responsibility would be setting up an insurance exchange. It’d be a state-run website like Expedia where people could comparison-shop for health insurance. The state’s been using federal grants to pay for planning its exchange, so Haslam says it’s ready, whichever way the Supreme Court decides.
“You know, if they don’t strike it down, we’re on that path. Obviously I’m hoping that they do, because I think it saves the state money long-term, and that’ll make things easier. But I think we’ve played this right in the sense of being ready either way it goes.”

Bill Repealing Early High School Graduation Program Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to do away with the state’s early graduation program is advancing in the House.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin (HB2235) was approved Tuesday on a voice vote in the House Education Committee. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 last week.
Under the so-called Move on When Ready Act, a student who scores 27 on the ACT is only required to obtain 18 hours of specific classes to get a diploma. Casada’s proposal would require students to complete 22 hours before moving on.
Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis said he voted against the legislation because he thinks students should benefit from the law’s requirements if a “child’s aptitude and all-around fitness” show they have the ability to advance.