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Haslam says he doesn't believe guns belong at schools though he did not say he's willing at this point to veto legislation that would allow teachers to carry firearms. Some state lawmakers are discussing bills that would allow that.
The governor also talked about his upcoming decision whether to allow Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Haslam says he wants a better idea of what that will mean to hospitals that take uninsured patients before making that decision.
"One of the things we wanna do is make a thoughtful decision about impacts," said Haslam.
Under the A.H.C.A, hospitals will lose federal funding for uninsured patients because those patients can be covered by the Medicaid expansion if states allow it.
Haslam says his concern is the expansion will cost Tennessee $200 million over 6 years.
"It's gotta come from somewhere so is it gonna come from higher ed is it gonna come from K through 12," said Haslam.
Speaking of money, Haslam says the upcoming budget may be his toughest yet.
Haslam says the state will receive several hundred million dollars in new revenue but most of that will be needed for Tenncare.
He believes the extra revenue will attract more budget requests from departments than the state can afford.
"So when that happens everyone lines up and saying finally we've had a tough environment and finally it's my chance to get what we've been wanting," said Haslam.
Wednesday, December 19 2012, 07:54 PM CST
TBI: Women more likely family violence victims
June 20, 2013 08:10 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new study of domestic violence in Tennessee last year found women were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men and children were the victims in 16 percent of all family violence cases.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put out a report this week analyzing crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the state. Their findings show that nearly 15 percent of all crimes reported were domestic in nature.
The study looked at the relationships between victims and offenders as well as the influence of drugs and alcohol on family violence. The study found that more than 17 percent of family violence involves drugs or alcohol, with alcohol being the most common.
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