Senate Provides for State Sovereignty in Education

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In major K-12 education action this week, the Senate adopted a Conference Committee report to ensure Tennessee maintains sovereignty over how students are educated. The Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act states the federal government has no constitutional right to set educational standards and any partnership is totally at the discretion of the state. The bill further states that state … Read More

Lawmakers Adjourn the 108th General Assembly

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NASHVILLE, (April 17, 2014) — The 108th General Assembly adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history with the state budget and education highlighting this year’s action. Although underperforming revenues limited the number of initiatives approved this year, the 2014 legislative session will be remembered for passage of several other important measures such as a ban on forced annexation, legislation … Read More

Senate Protects Victims of Crime

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The State Senate passed several bills this week to protect and give more rights to crime victims, including a bill giving victims of rape the power to keep their identity private. The action came as the nation recognized National Crime Victims’ Week, an annual observance to promote victims’ right and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. … Read More

Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Citizen’s Privacy

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The Senate gave final approval to several bills aiming to protect the privacy of citizens, including legislation regarding the improper use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to collect images or video. Senate Bill 1892 is a proactive measure as the Federal Aviation Administration, which currently has authority over UAVs, is in the process of lifting their regulations, creating a vacuum … Read More

Legislature Looks to Close 2014 Session Next Week

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NASHVILLE, (April 10, 2014) – The Tennessee Senate passed several key bills this week, including the state budget and legislation aiding crime victims, as the 2014 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close. The State Senate has completed the vast majority of its business with most of the remaining action pending on bills that have passed the … Read More

Judiciary Committee Approves Community Safety Act

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The Community Safety Act, which aims to curb gang crime, has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the General Assembly acted on several major law and order bills this week. Senate Bill 1634 would clarify that a petition for the abatement of gang-related conduct may be filed against a criminal gang itself to which the members belong. The … Read More

Senate Moves Closer to Adjournment

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 3, 2014 — The State Senate approved major law and order legislation this week as the General Assembly worked diligently towards adjournment of the 2014 legislative session. The state budget also moved front and center this week, as Governor Bill Haslam presented an amendment to his fiscal year 2014-2015 spending plan, identifying $160 million in reductions due … Read More

Senate Gives Victims of Sexual Assault More Rights

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The State Senate acted on several bills this week that crack down on sex offenders, including legislation to make it less attractive for those convicted of the crime to move to Tennessee. Senate Bill 2398 allows any county or city to establish a community notification system by a two-thirds vote of the local legislative body. This community notification system will … Read More

Improved Property Tax Freeze Program for Seniors Passes Committee

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The Senate State and Local Government Committee has approved legislation to help senior citizens who participate in Tennessee’s property tax freeze program. Senate Bill 1128 requires the base tax for property tax freeze programs to be recalculated in any year in which the actual tax due is less than the previously established base tax for the property. Currently, it is … Read More

“Erin’s Law” Passes Senate

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“Erin’s Law” which focuses on preventing child sexual abuse met final Senate approval this week. Senate Bill 2421 encourages schools across the state to provide age-appropriate instruction to students on personal body safety and how to report sexual abuse, including occurrences that could potentially happen in the home. The bill is named after Erin Merryn, an Illinois native who was … Read More