The General Assembly reconvenes noon Tuesday with new security measures in place to prevent the sort of howling demonstration that disrupted the last day of session July 12.
Almost a month after passing a $19.5 billion (estimated) budget based on no new tax increases and 12 days after Gov. Don Sundquist vetoed the bill, the House of Representatives and the Senate will meet for a veto override.
Lobbyists preparing for Tuesday, including both pro and anti-tax forces, said they expect the House to act first, with the Senate meeting perhaps as short a time as 20 minutes on Tuesday. Most observers (including some senators) do not expect the upper house to act until at least Wednesday.
If the veto is overturned, the state would go forward with a 2.5 percent cost of living pay raise for state employees and no state income tax. The governor has said he is