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Monday, May 15, 2017

New Tennessee laws
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks if the fetus is determined to be viable by doctors. The American Civil Liberties Union in Tennessee had urged Haslam to veto the bill that lawmakers passed during their just-completed session. The ban won't apply in medical emergencies where the mother faces risks of death or serious damage. But does not include an exception in the case of rape or incest. But the attending physician who makes that determination will have to have a second opinion from an independent physician. The law subjects physicians to up to 15 years in prison, on criminal charges for violations. "The Tennessee Infants Protection Act prohibits purposely performing post-viability abortions, except when a physician determines in his or her good faith medical judgment that either the unborn child is not viable or that the procedure is necessary to prevent serious risk to the mother. Haslam points out that Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery has said he would defend the law. Another new law would make the state among the toughest in the nation on undocumented immigrants who are convicted of felonies. It would require judges to consider federal immigration status as a felony sentencing enhancement factor, and use their discretion in making that determination. Enhancements can add between one and 10 years to prison sentences, depending on the offense. But the measure, which has not yet been signed or vetoed by Gov. Haslam, could lead to a court battle. Courts have struck down similar laws in other states. The law also can take effect if the governor opts not to sign it for 10 days.


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  • Thanksgiving travel

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  • ACA enrollment
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  • Narcan program
  • Environmental standards are relaxed
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  • VietNow settlement
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  • Ebbs sentenced in 2016 death
  • Newport City Council
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  • Cocke Finance Committee
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