Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott is a Stateline correspondent based in Nashville, where he is an editor and reporter for the Nashville Post and Nashville Scene.

Students on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Restricting college tenure could hurt state economies, many warn

By: - June 12, 2023

Daniel Brinks, who chairs the government department at the University of Texas at Austin, doesn’t usually have a tough time recruiting professors. After all, UT is one of the best research universities in the country, located in a high-tech boomtown with a thriving music scene, a warm climate and first-rate enchiladas. But this year, in […]

With Workers Scarce, Some States Seek to Loosen Child Labor Laws

By: - April 17, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In the past two years, lawmakers in at least 11 states have sought to loosen child labor laws to help employers fill empty jobs, even as federal officials and news investigations suggest that many minors working in manufacturing, meatpacking and construction jobs are being exploited or hurt. The unemployment rate sits at […]

States Are Learning on the Fly About Sports Betting Addiction

By: - March 22, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The states that have legalized sports betting are reporting record levels of wagering and revenues, but with that growth comes questions about gambling addiction and whether regulators and sportsbooks are doing enough to fight it. Two dozen states have active online sports betting, and other states are on the verge of joining […]

GOP Leaders in Some States Want to Add Abortion Ban Exceptions

By: - January 27, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With Tennessee’s so-called trigger law already on the books, the state enacted its abortion ban almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June. Yet even as anti-abortion legislators and advocates celebrated, they considered […]

GOP Lawmakers Aim to Criminalize Drag Shows Where Children Could Be Present

By: - December 14, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It was trivia night at Tribe, an LGBTQ club in Nashville, and drag queen Tracey Ottomey was quizzing the crowd on pop music, Christmas movies and Queen Victoria. At the same time, pop music videos — widely available on YouTube and other platforms — played on screens around the bar. One audience […]

To Reduce Trash, Some States Charge the Companies Producing It

By: - November 3, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville is growing, and so are its piles of trash. The Middle Point Landfill, in nearby Murfreesboro, collects most of the solid waste in Middle Tennessee, but it could be full by the end of the decade, sending Nashville and other communities scrambling for a place to put their garbage. Republic Services, […]