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Firefighters’ Mental Health Services

Firefighters / PTSD – Provides any EMS or professional firefighter with no less than 10 visits or sessions with a mental health service provider for treating PTSD through the employee’s health benefits. Senate Bill 1797 by Ketron, Briggs, Massey, Bell, Crowe, Kyle, Harris, Jackson, Kelsey, Gardenhire, Green, Dickerson, Haile, Hensley, Pody, Tate, Yarbro / Status:…

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Firearm Purchase Requirements

Mental Health / Firearm Purchases – Creates greater cooperation between the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and local authorities in order to prevent those with mental health issues from purchasing firearms. • Requires the TBI to notify local law enforcement within 24 hours when they properly identify that an individual identified as having a mental…

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Juvenile Justice Reform

Juvenile Justice Reform – This begins needed reforms to strengthen families and communities in Tennessee, while promoting public safety and ensuring responsible and more effective use of the state’s limited resources. • It enacts the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, which will serve as a starting point for further reform, with $4.5 million allocated…

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Reentry Program

Reentry Program – Calls for an innovative pilot program to provide grants to local county sheriffs or probation departments that are successful in reducing recidivism. It provides $1 million in grants to fund a three-year successful reentry program in four Tennessee counties. Each year, about 5,000 Tennesseans leave our prisons after serving for crimes they…

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Electronic Notification of Parole

Victims’ Rights/ Electronic Notification of Parole – Gives crime victims a choice to receive notifications electronically. Tennessee’s Victims’ Bill of Rights declares that victims and witnesses have the right to be notified by the Department of Correction of an offender’s parole hearing date and when that offender will be eligible for parole. • It permits…

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Increase Victim Safety

Increase Victim Safety (No Contact Order) – Provides two ways to increase victim safety when a court finds there is probable cause to believe an alleged abuser either caused serious bodily injury to a victim of domestic abuse or used or displayed a deadly weapon. • Deletes the present requirement that a temporary order of…

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Tuition Transparency and Accountability Act

Tuition Transparency and Accountability Act – Provides more transparency and accountability when it comes to tuition and fee hikes at the state’s colleges and universities. •Seeks to slow down tuition increases, which have risen by 125 percent over the past decade, by putting constant pressure on the process. Education is the roadway to the American…

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Teacher Licensing

Teacher Licensing – Addresses regulatory hurdles faced by high performing teachers licensed in other states who want to teach here. • Although Tennessee has reciprocity with numerous states, out-of-state licensees face additional administrative burdens which can be discouraging to many of these qualified educators. • This bill removes an assessment requirement for those who hold…

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Rural Hospital Transformation Act

Rural Hospital Transformation Act — Supports the financial viability of the state’s rural hospitals. • Helps struggling hospitals develop business plans to ensure they are financially viable and continue to provide needed healthcare services. • It is a three-year pilot program with $1 million provided for each year for this purpose.  The legislation requires the…

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