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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Southerland report
State Senator Steve Southerland has issued a report on senate activity this week. With research showing that the more education incarcerated individuals receive the less likely they are to turn back to a life of crime, lawmakers passed legislation this week to make prisoners eligible for Tennessee's Drive to 55 initiative. This is the initiative to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. A separate bill furthering legislative efforts to lower Tennessee's recidivism rates and total prison population through education and employment opportunities advanced through the Senate State and Local Committee this week. It incentivizes inmates to complete a reentry education program by establishing an educational sentence reduction credit of 60 days. The bill says that if a prison inmate successfully earns a high school equivalency credential, high school diploma, vocational education diploma, or other post-secondary or industry-recognized certification, they can then qualify for the reduction program. The Senate also approved consumer legislation this week which authorizes the Department of Revenue to work alongside automakers who issue a major recall. The legislation allows the Department of Revenue to work with auto manufacturers to send letters from the Department of Revenue to the owner of a vehicle affected by a major recall to the issuing automaker. This will allow for such automakers to make additional and varied communications to the owner to encourage them to bring their vehicle into the dealership for a major recall repair.


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    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

  • General Committee meets
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  • Ball injury
  • Speeders beware
  • Cocke crash update
  • Nathan Forrest Day
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