Memphis Daily News, by ERIK SCHELZIG
March 11, 2011

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republicans in the Tennessee Senate wants to drop “labor” from the name of the committee that handles commerce and employment issues.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said Thursday that it’s in the interest of brevity that he has proposed excising the term from the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle said the measure underscores an anti-union trend in the Legislature. The Memphis Democrat said the change would send a “negative message” to organized labor while lawmakers consider a bill to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights.

Another proposed change would rename the panel on Environment, Conservation and Tourism as the Energy and Environment as the Energy and Environment Committee.


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