List: Bills to watch in the Tennessee legislature

Jan. 31, 2017: State lawmakers in Nashville filed more than 150 new bills on Jan. 31 alone.

Tennessee lawmakers will file hundreds of bills before the legislature’s filing deadline of Feb. 9. Here are a few of the bills people are talking about and where they stand.

Food stamps and junk food

Filed by: Rep. Sheila Butt – (R) in Maury County

Summary: Would prohibit food stamps recipients from using their EBT cards to purchase junk food. It would authorize the Department of Human Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to establish a list of such food.

Where it stands: Pulled from consideration on Jan. 17

Safety Center funding

Filed by: Sen. Becky Duncan Massey – (R) District 6 in Knox County

Summary: Would give the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services $4.5 million to create a grant for a safety center in Knox County.  

Where it stands: Filed for introduction on Jan. 12. Assigned to Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee on February 2.

“In God We Trust” on license plates

Filed by: Rep. Bill Sanderson – (R) District 77 in West Tennessee

Summary: Would requires all new license plates to say “In God We Trust” as of July 1.

Where it stands: Introduced on Jan.12. Assigned to House Transportation Subcommittee on Jan. 31. 

School physical activity requirements

Filed by: Rep. Bill Dunn -- (R) District 16 in Knox County

Summary: Would get rid of the requirement for schools to provide students with a specific time of physical activity

Where it stands: Filed for introduction on Jan. 13. Assigned to House subcommittee on Education Instruction & Programs on Feb. 1.

Organized retail crime prevention

Filed by: Rep. Jason Zachary -- (R) District 14 in Knox County & Sen. Richard Briggs (R) District 7 in Knox County

Summary: Would crack down on "organized" retail crime, particularly people who steal items, return them for gift cards, then sell the gift cards

Where it stands: Filed for introduction on Jan. 17. House: Passed Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Feb. 14; referred to full Criminal Justice Committee. Senate: Passed on second consideration, referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 1. 

Defining mother, father, husband, wife by biology

Filed by: Sen. Janice Bowling -- (R) District 16 in Middle Tennessee & Rep. John Ragan (R) District 33 in Anderson County

Summary: Would legally define the terms mother, father, husband and wife by biology

Where it stands: Introduced in House and Senate on Jan. 12. Senate: Passed on second consideration, referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 30. 

Spay/Neuter program for low income

Filed by Richard Briggs (R) Knoxville.

Summary: Establishes a spay-neuter program for cats and dogs to help people below the poverty level get their pets fixed for free. 

Where it stands: Filed for introduction on Jan. 17. Passed on Second consideration, referred to Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Feb. 1.

Medical Marijuana

Filed by Rep. Sabi Kumar -- (R) District 66 in Robertson County

Summary: Supports use of certain medical marijuana products if prescribed by a doctor

Domestic Assault Registry

Filed by: Rep. John Ragan -- (R) District 33 in Anderson County

Summary: Creates a domestic abuse registry operated by the TBI. Offenders would remain on the list for 10 years. Assigned to House Civil Justice subcommittee on Feb. 3.

'Alien' on drivers' licenses

Filed by: Rep. John Ragan -- (R) District 33 in Anderson County

Summary: Requires the Department of Safety to print "alien" or "non U.S. citizen" on the drivers' licenses of people who are not United States citizens.

Where it stands: Filed for introduction in House on Jan. 31, Senate on Feb. 1. Senate: Passed on First Consideration on Feb. 2, referred fo Senate Transportation and Safety committee on Feb. 6. House: Assigned to House Transportation subcommittee on Feb. 3.

You can find more information about any bill introduced in the Tennessee legislature on the Tennessee General Assembly website.

(© 2017 WBIR)


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