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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Wednesday was a busy day for the Tennessee General Assembly. Several big issues were on the docket in Nashville, from wine in grocery stores to school vouchers.

Shelby County leaders even traveled to the capitol to lobby for issues important to home.

There were road blocks for some issues and a path forward for others. Wine in grocery stores is another step closer to reality. The House Finance Subcommittee cleared the measure in a procedural vote.

The proposal would allow local governments to hold referendums on whether to allow wine sales in food stores. The Senate passed a version of the bill last week. There are differences between the two plans, specifically on what types and sizes of stores could sell wine.

The House is still on track to pass something in the coming weeks, but the two bills would have to be a compromise between the House and Senate versions before it could go to the governor.
 
State-sponsored school vouchers for certain students is one of the big issues of this legislative session. Shelby County Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) has one plan while Gov. Bill Haslam has another. Now lawmakers are taking a timeout.

Both sides are trying to work out differences between the competing proposals. The Senate plan would raise the percentage of eligible failing school students from 5-percent to 10-percent. Gov. Haslam's plan recommended the bottom 5-percent of failing schools.

A plan to elect the State Attorney General died in the Senate. Tennessee is one of the few states with an appointed Attorney General, some senators wanted to change the state construction to allow voters to elect the AG.

The bill failed by just two votes. There is still a similar bill in the House.
 
Wednesday was Shelby County Day in Nashville. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and other local leaders were at the capitol pushing the region's legislative priorities. One of the issues that came up according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), the city's pension situation and a bill in Nashville to require cities like Memphis to make full contributions to pensions.

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