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15 TN Legislators Tour China

The organizer of a trip by 15 state legislators to China this summer says he returned with a “verbal commitment” from Chinese officials to match up to $5 million in state money for establishing educational ties between the nation and Tennessee.
The lawmakers, including Reps. Ryan Haynes and Harry Tindell of Knoxville, spent 10 days touring the Asian nation last month.
In interviews, several said they were impressed by the extraordinary amount of construction under way and by the extraordinary amount of pollution. They offered mixed reviews on other matters, including the quality of the food they were served.
The legislators were responsible for paying their own airfare and related expenses, which two said was about $2,500. Once in China, their food, travel and lodging costs were covered by Hanban, a branch of the Chinese government, said Rep. Jim Coley, R-Bartlett, who organized the trip. Some said they used campaign funds to cover their portion of the cost.

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To Purge or Not to Purge For Incorrect Information

Two Knoxville legislators debated Tuesday whether incorrect information on a voter registration form should lead to the voter being purged from voter roles.
As introduced by Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, HB376 would permit county election commissioners make “random” checks of new voter forms for accuracy. Current law requires that they review all new forms.
But Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, proposed to amend the measure to also allow purging of voters who put false information on their forms or leave a question blank, such as those asking whether the voter is a U.S. citizen or a convicted felon.
That brought a protest from Rep. Harry Tindell, D-Knoxville, who said “innocent mistakes of a clerical nature” – should not be punished by purging. He gave examples such as transposing figures on a Social Security number or forgetting to put a check a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question.

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