TN legislators introduce several bills this week, including STOP Act

Posted By | January 31, 2019 9:16 am

Several bills introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly this past week have been presented by state senators and state representatives from White County and surrounding counties, as well as one of particular interest that was submitted by State Senator Shane Reeves.

Reeves, who represents District 14, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, and Moore counties, as well as parts of Rutherford County, introduced a bill this week that would require local boards of education to adopt policies to allow a parent to view photos or video footage collected from a camera or video camera installed inside a school bus under certain circumstances. SB0182 was filed Jan. 28 and was introduced and passed on first consideration, on Jan. 30.

A bill that would enact the STOP Act was introduced, on Jan. 30, which would authorize a sentence of imprisonment for not more than 11 months, 29 days for a conviction of not stopping for a school bus that is loading or unloading children. This bill would authorize local education agencies to install and operate an external video system for the detection and prosecution of such violations. HB0297 was introduced by State Representative Matthew Hill, who represents part of Washington County.

In neighboring Putnam County, State Representative Ryan Williams recently introduced four bills, one of which would, subject to local approval, change the title of “county executive” to “county mayor.” HB0083 would amend Chapter 126 of the Private Acts of 2004.

State Senator Janice Bowling, who represents Van Buren County, introduced SB0279, titled “search and seizure.” This bill specifies that industrial hemp and products derived from industrial hemp, other than isolated THC, are not subject to scheduling as a controlled substance and are not subject to forfeiture based solely on their composition; applies that specification to hemp and hemp-derived products if the state obtains primacy to regulate hemp production under the 2018 Farm Bill; prohibits police searches based solely on the odor of cannabis.

State Representative Cameron Sexton, who represents Van Buren County, introduced 10 bills this past week, two of which deal with opioids. HB0150 defines “alternative treatments” for purposes of the requirement that prescribing physicians explain reasonable alternatives to opioids, as including chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, and other treatments that relieve pain without the use of opioids.

The other opioid-related bill, HB0220, requires the commissioner of health to report to the speakers and the health committees the impact of recent legislation reducing the abuse of opioids in this state.

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