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Tennessee Senate votes to eliminate community oversight boards

From NewsChannel 9: A bill to take away community oversight boards (COB) passed through the Senate Thursday.


The Senators who sponsored SB 0591 are Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald).


The bill summary defines COBS as follows:

“Present law defines “community oversight board” as a board established by a local government to investigate or oversee investigation into possible law enforcement officer misconduct or the operations of an agency employing a law enforcement officer.”


Instead of COBS, the bill allows cities to generate “police advisory and review committees.”


The bill now heads to Governor Lee’s desk.