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Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

A former surface mining site in Tennessee. Photo taken October 2012, flight courtesy Southwings

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers.

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Vested Power: State-Level Legislative Agendas in 2013

By Brian Sewell, J.W. Randolph and Nathan Jenkins At the state level, the public often has greater access and input on decisions and the processes of their governments. But so do special interests — especially campaign funders and industries that

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