Children at center of a big wave of bills on state legislation’s floor
Many bills involve more driving regulations for distracted drivers, harsher penalties to suspects accused of harming children and a new approach to informing youth about voting. Some of those include:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - On Monday, state lawmakers went into session taking up a host of plans they expect will help keep children and the community safe. Many bills involve more driving regulations for distracted drivers, harsher penalties for suspects accused of harming children and a new approach to informing youth about voting. Some of those include:
Goal: Requires the Department of Children’s Services to maintain staffing to allow case managers to have no more than 20 open social work cases.
Goal: Increase the penalty for the offense of possession of a used, detached catalytic converter.
Goal: To increase the penalty, from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class B misdemeanor, for educational neglect of a child who is in poor academic standing
Goal: To increase the penalty to a Class B felony with a fine of up to $100,000 for drug offenses involving 0.5 grams or more of fentanyl.
Goal: To regulate the production and sale of hemp-derived cannabinoids, including products known as delta-8 and delta-10.
Goal: Limits the offense of criminal abortion to only apply to elective abortions.
Goal: To require each local law enforcement agency to assemble, by January 1, 2024, an adult sexual assault response team to assist in responding to incidents of sexual assault.
Goal: To require each high school to inform each high school senior that upon reaching the age of 18 the student may be eligible to vote and provide information from the secretary of state about voter eligibility and how to register to vote.
Goal: To enact the “Eddie Conrad Act,” which establishes the number of points to be charged to a person’s driving record for violations of driving while using a wireless telecommunications device.
Goal: To enact the “Sergeant Chris Jenkins Law”; which requires loose items being transported in open beds or trailers to be secured.
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