Tennessee Senate passes bill to make lawsuit losers pay
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill that would force people who sue state employees or elected officials to pay legal fees if they fail in a lawsuit.
Supporters say the bill would prevent frivolous lawsuits from being filed and save taxpayers money. Opponents argue that it allows elected officials to insulate themselves from being sued, especially when they sexually harass the workers underneath them.
The legislation comes as both the state attorney general's office and a House committee investigate Rep. Jeremy Durham following allegations that he sent inappropriate text messages to women who worked in the Legislature. Durham has denied any wrongdoing.
The measure would apply government workers and elected officials who are sued personally but not officially.
The bill heads back to the House.
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