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Legislation addressing child custody and parental relocation

Child Custody / Parental Relocation – Shifts the focus of a parent’s relocation to the best interest of the child.   This legislation requires a parent seeking to relocate to provide notice to the non-relocating parent before doing so.  If an objection has been made by the non-relocating parent within 30 days of notice,

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Child Sexual Abuse Statements as Evidence

Child Sexual Abuse Statements as Evidence / SB 1593 – Creates an exception to the hearsay rule in criminal proceedings regarding statements made by young children relative to sexual and physical abuse. Applies to non-testimonial statements made by children under the age of 12.

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110th General Assembly Passes Legislation Aiding and Honoring Veterans

110th General Assembly Passes Legislation Aiding and Honoring Veterans

The Senate approved a package of bills this year honoring the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, adding to significant legislation adopted during the first year of the 110th General Assembly.  Last year’s action included a new law which provided protections to employers if they give hiring preference to honorably discharged veterans and their spouses,

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Legislation benefits Veterans / 2017 legislative session

 

The General Assembly passed numerous bills during the 2017 legislative session to aid Tennessee’s veterans and show support for those who serve in the U.S. armed forces.

 

BUDGET — The budget fully restores property tax relief for 100 percent service-related disabled veterans by raising the home value threshold from $100,000 to $175,000. 

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Legislation aims to prevent sexual misconduct by teachers with their students

The legislative package passed by the General Assembly this year follows a comprehensive report from Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson which revealed deficiencies in hiring practices for school personnel that could allow predators to slip through the cracks.

Teacher Misconduct / Background Checks – Ensures that background checks are conducted to identify sexual predators before a teacher license is issued and that reports are done on an ongoing basis for those who work with children. 

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Laws protecting elderly and vulnerable adults from physical abuse and financial exploitation 2016-2017

2017

The 2017 legislative session saw passage of three major bills to combat financial exploitation of Tennesseans who are elderly or have diminished capacity.  Approximately one in five seniors has been a victim of financial exploitation at a cost of approximately $2.9 billion annually.  Moreover, these numbers are likely low as it is also estimated that only one out of every 44 instances of financial abuse is actually reported.

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Capitol Hill Week: Resolution seeks to address public safety threat posed by cell phone use behind prison walls

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), February 8, 2018 – The pace quickened on Capitol Hill this week as state senators examined the budgets of ten agencies or departments of state government and approved a number of important bills.  This includes a resolution unanimously adopted by the Senate State and Local Government Committee which seeks to address the public safety threat posed by contraband cell phone use by prison inmates.

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Senator Ketron signs on as sponsor to legislation seeking to end emissions tests for vehicles in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) announced today that he has signed on as a sponsor of legislation pending in the General Assembly that would end mandatory emissions tests for vehicles in Tennessee.  Senate Bill 2656  would apply to Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner,

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Capitol Hill Week: Senate Judiciary Committee focuses on juvenile justice reform

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), January 18, 2018 — As the Tennessee Senate returned for the second week of legislative action, attention turned to one of the key issues before lawmakers this year – juvenile justice reform.  The Senate Judiciary Committee heard an overview of a report delivered by the Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville),

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Senator Bowling announces June Listening Meetings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) announces the schedule for her town hall Listening Meetings in District 16. In her monthly meetings, Bowling offers assistance with state services and listens to concerns citizens have for the State Legislature.

“The greatest opportunity I have as a state senator is to represent what matters to my district and see that it matters to the rest of the state as well,” said Sen.

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