From the Tennessean: Lawmakers will reconvene for the 4th day of the special called legislative session today, focusing they say on public safety
From the Tennessean: Lawmakers will reconvene for the 4th day of the special called legislative session today, focusing they say on public safety and mental health. The House and Senate turned their attention to a handful of bills on Tuesday and Wednesday. But tempers flared as gun reform advocates were ejected from a committee hearing, leading to an ACLU lawsuit that secured a temporary injunction on House rules.
Even with the tensions from protestors, the Senate managed to pass several bills, including:
-Funding for the special session
-A mental health appropriations bill
-A bill investing in mental health scholarships
-A stop-gap measure to allow for additional security officers in schools
Additionally, the Senate passed bills aligned with Governor Bill Lee’s executive order for updated background checks, tax incentives for safe gun storage, and a new report on human trafficking.
Democrats introduced bills in the House and Senate very similar to Governor Lee’s Extreme Risk Order of Protection bill that failed to garner a Republican sponsor. The bills, described as “red flag” laws by some, both failed to make it out of committee.
Stay tuned as Tennessee’s special legislative session continues to unfold. WCLE will bring you the latest developments.