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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Tennessee Government Update - Recap of April 11 - 15, 2011


April 15, 2011

Controversial bills were the order of the week in the Tennessee General Assembly. Looking toward adjournment in late May, many of the more controversial bills filed earlier this year are under consideration.

For example, for the fourth year in a row, a bill to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores failed. The subcommittee of the House State and Local Government Committee deferred consideration of the bill until July 4, 2012. That deferral will not prevent the introduction next January of another bill on the same subject.

In a victory for education reformers, a bill to allow the election of county school superintendents by popular vote was defeated. Tom Humphrey with the Knoxville News Sentinel has that story and a discussion about a "compromise" that allows employees to keep guns in a locked car in their employer's parking lot even if the employer has a "no-guns" policy.

Yesterday, the House passed a bill requiring, as a prerequisite to voting, "evidence of identification" that includes a photograph. Having passed the Senate already, the bill now goes to the governor for his consideration. Attorney General Robert Cooper had earlier in the week opined that the requirement would be unconstitutional unless the state provides a mechanism for those without drivers' licenses to procure an official photo ID without cost. (The link to General Cooper's opinion is here).

With regard to the budget process, the State Funding Board is scheduled to meet today to discuss, among other items, revenue estimates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. This is another step along the way to the adoption of a balanced budget by the General Assembly, a constitutional requirement that must be met before the session adjourns.

Jamie Woodson, a highly-regarded, 39-year-old Republican senator from Knoxville, announced that she would resign her Senate seat at the end of this legislative session to become president of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education known as SCORE. Woodson is the current Senate Speaker Pro Tempore. SCORE was founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist who serves as its chairman. The organization has been active in support of Tennessee's Race To The Top application and implementation.

Finally, the Update has been criticized for being "obsessive" about animals in the last two editions. We promise no more gratuitous comments linking animals and legislation. Though, one might want to note that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has on its agenda today a proposal to allow unfettered, no holds barred, no bag limit, year-round hunting of feral hogs (sus scrofa) in Tennessee. The hogs are a nuisance and a danger to the environment in some of the mountainous areas of middle and east Tennessee. For those interested in the details, please see the TWRA's webpage on the subject.

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