Senior Driving Discount
Legislation that would give senior drivers in Tennessee a discount on their insurance for taking an online driving course is headed to Gov. Phil Bredesen for his consideration.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Phillip Johnson of Pegram and supported by the AARP was approved 96-0 by the House on Monday. The companion bill was unanimously approved by the Senate last week.
The AARP currently offers an eight-hour driving class for its members, but people who live in rural areas of the state sometimes can't find a location where they can take it. Insurance discounts are currently offered to those who take the class in-person.
The governor is expected to consider the legislation once it arrives on his desk.
Read HB3265 at http://capitol.tn.gov
Handguns Ok'ed for Bowhunters
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Handgun permit holders in Tennessee would be able to carry their weapons while big game bowhunting under a measure approved by the House.
The bill sponsored by House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville passed 85-3 on Monday. The companion bill is waiting to be scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor.
The measure would allow a person to carry the weapon "during the archery-only deer season."
Turner says he proposed the legislation after a constituent was robbed in a parking lot after deer hunting.
Read HB0770 at http://capitol.tn.gov
Reject Rights of the Child
Tennessee lawmakers have passed a resolution to urge rejection of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Burchett of Knoxville passed on a 26-3 vote Monday evening. The House version passed on a 70-20 vote last year.
The U.N. convention was adopted in 1989 and has been ratified by every country except the United States and Somalia. It calls on nations to protect children from abuse and sexual exploitation, reduce child mortality and give children access to health care and education.
President Bill Clinton's administration signed the convention but never submitted it to the U.S. Senate for ratification because of claims that it infringed on the rights of parents and was inconsistent with state and local laws.
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