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General Assembly fails to complete business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The budget is passed and most of the
higher-profile bills have been voted on. But the General Assembly
is struggling to finish its business.

The Senate and House adjourned for the night late Friday.
The House agreed to return at 10 a.m. Saturday to finish dozens
of bills. The Senate will reassemble at 2 p.m. to take up any
business coming over from the House.

The Senate had planned to return at noon, but Senate Minority
Leader Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, warned the members that up to 10
members had scheduling conflicts. That meant the required 22-member
quorum could be in peril.

Senate Speaker John Wilder threatened to send Tennessee Highway
Patrol troopers after the members if not enough appear.

"We need a quorum," emphasized Wilder, D-Mason.

Sen. Joe Haynes, D-Goodlettsville, suggested the Senate might
have to return on Tuesday instead, after the Memorial Day weekend
concludes.

But enough senators said they could arrive later Saturday, and
the Senate agreed to meet at 2 p.m.

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