When Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called for a special session on public safety, he left out a chance for any gun reform legislation to be passed. With that off the table, Republican lawmakers focused on bills related to mental health and juvenile sentencing. Now, session is over, and many feel not enough was done.
A judge has temporarily blocked a new Tennessee House rule that prohibited spectators from holding signs in the gallery.
Over the past decade, juvenile crime where a gun was involved has increased by 26%, according to data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Lawmakers are set to reconvene later this month for a special legislative session on public safety. The regular session earlier this year drew protesters, demonstrating for gun reform after the Covenant School shooting.
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services got approval to add 72 more beds for housing juvenile inmates. And they plan to ask for 500 more next session. But some lawmakers think they will need even more.
During the last weeks of session, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, told reporters that he resides in Nashville along with his family during session. Now a nonprofit watchdog has asked for a criminal investigation into Sexton’s use of state tax dollars.
Where does the Speaker of the House live? Democrats want to know after a recent report revealed Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, owns a home in Nashville.
The world now knows them as the Tennessee Three. But just a few weeks ago, not many people outside of the state knew of Democratic Reps. Justin Jones, Justin J. Pearson and Gloria Johnson.
Gov. Bill Lee is calling on the Tennessee legislature to pass a law that would restrict people who pose a threat to themselves or others from having access to guns. But while he is the chief of command in the state, if lawmakers aren’t on board, it won’t happen.
Protesters are gathering Thursday morning ahead of the vote to expel three Democratic lawmakers. The Democrats are accused of disrupting House proceedings to call for new gun laws following a deadly mass shooting at the Covenant School.