NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sen. Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) announces the enactment of Senate Bills 1224 and 229. These laws focus on ensuring equal treatment of businesses by the State of Tennessee and further protecting victims of domestic violence. The legislation became effective July 1, 2017.
“From the disabled to the abused, these communities are valuable to our state,” said Massey. “It is my greatest privilege as a legislator to find ways to better serve the community I was elected to represent. I am proud of all of the hard work and input that went into making this legislation possible.”
Senate Bill 1224 adds “businesses owned by persons with disabilities” to the Tennessee Minority-Owned, Woman-Owned and Small Business Procurement and Contracting Act. This addition to the law requires data regarding minority-owned business, woman-owned business, service-disabled veteran-owned business or small business to be included in the annual report made by the chief procurement officer.
“As an employment first state, investments in our businesses serve as investments in our communities,” said Massey. “This law shows that our government supports businesses owned by Tennesseans with varying degrees of ability and believes they’re valuable to our communities.”
From the business to the home, Massey has passed legislation serving all Tennesseans.
Although owning or possessing a firearm is illegal by a domestic violence offender in both state and federal law, Senate Bill 229 uses procedure already in place for Orders of Protection to ensure that every convicted offender receives and completes a form that further informs the defendant about firearm restrictions and when and how to dispossess firearms.
Offenders with a history of domestic violence are five times more likely to murder an intimate partner when a firearm is present in the home. With women in Tennessee being three times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than men, Tennessee has been ranked in the top ten most violent states for women.
“We know that domestic violence does not discriminate on the basis of gender, although women in Tennessee are more likely to experience domestic violence than men,” said Massey. “This is a major a step to protect everyone in our communities and eliminate domestic violence by minimizing the harm offenders can inflict.”