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Panel approves $136M plan to move TN legislative offices

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The State Building Commission has approved the first step of a $136 million plan to overhaul the Cordell Hull building and make it the new home of the Tennessee General Assembly.

The panel that includes Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville and fellow Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville approved expanding the scope of the Cordell Hull project from its original $26 million price tag.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration last year reversed course on an earlier decision to raze the Cordell Hull office building, and this year included $40 million in the state budget to renovate it.

Lawmakers later decided that the renovated building next to the Capitol would make a good replacement for the underground Legislative Plaza that is running out of space and has high maintenance costs.

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