April 2, 2018
Flow Motion means the end is near
During the House floor session today, the leadership is expected to approve the “flow motion” which decreases the time needed for bill amendments to be filed and decreases the waiting period for a bill to flow from one committee to another.
This is also the time that a Subcommittee and Full Committee could and will meet back to back to move bills along.
The budget has not yet been placed on a committee calendar for consideration but we know that time is nearing as meetings have started happening.
Medical Marijuana Moves On
The Medical Cannabis Act lives to see another committee. The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 9-2 to advance HB1749/SB1710. The bill was amended once again Wednesday to say only those with a doctor’s note can legally carry and use medical cannabis. Further, those with chronic pain or nausea are no longer covered under the bill. These changes resulted in two additional votes – Rep. Farmer and Rep. Van Huss – who previously did not support the legislation. The committee heard nearly two hours of testimony, ranging from law enforcement officials to those who currently use medical marijuana. The House version moves to the House Health Committee. The Senate version of the bill is set to be heard in the Judiciary committee.
Condolences to Sen. Harper
We are lifting Senator Thelma Harper and her family up in prayer as they mourn the loss of Paul Harper. Senator Harper’s husband, a Nashville businessman, passed away March 24th, 2018 at age 79.
School Safety Task Force Recommendations
The School Safety Task Force appointed by Governor Bill Haslam released recommendations this week. The first priority is to implement a statewide assessment of every public schools’ safety plans and risk areas. This will be the first time a statewide effort to determine individual schools’ needs has been conducted. Both the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Department of Education will work with schools to train and inform school districts on safety measures. The second recommendation is increasing the availability of school resource officers. Funding for school safety will increase by nearly 500 percent, with much of that funding available for SROs. Finally, the third recommendation includes the development of a system for the anonymous reporting of threats or tips about students, staff, etc. All recommendations are hoped to be implemented before the 2018-19 school year starts.
We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend and thought you might enjoy a photo of Senator Steve Dickerson aka the 6 foot bunny at an egg hunt!
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