Tuesday, December 16, 2008

2008-12-16 TN legislation filed

And the bills keep coming. Just bookmark this page and keep hitting refresh:

*HB0010 by *Maggart, *Lynn.

Election Laws - As introduced, requires identification and proof of citizenship for voter registration; requires a voter to present qualified photographic identification before voting; voters without proper identification shall be allowed to cast provisional ballots. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 2 and Title 2, Chapter 7.

Again, thumbs up to ensuring only citizens vote.

*HB0011 by *Kelsey.

Law Enforcement - As introduced, provides that there is no residency requirement to be a police officer in a law enforcement agency employing more than 2,000 officers and any violation results in the agency's loss of revenue derived from forfeitures, confiscations and seizures. - Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 8, Part 1.

The language is pretty specific. Wonder which agency is this? I'm a big fan of people who are paid by a government entity live in the boundaries of the government entity. If you work for Metro Nashville you should live in Metro Nashville. I consider it incentive to do the very best job you can.

*HB0012 by *Kelsey.

Constitutional Amendments - As introduced, provides that the publication requirement mandated by Article XI, Section 3, is satisfied if the proposed constitutional amendment is timely posted on the official Web site of the secretary of state or on the official Web site of the general assembly. - Amends TCA Title 3, Chapter 2.

This could save taxpayers a chunk of change in advertising fees. The Internet is certainly more available than some 'paper of record' that's probably part of a currently dying industry. The whole idea is to inform as many people as possible. Now days, that's more like the Internet.

*HB0013 by *Floyd.

Bail, Bail Bonds - As introduced, when determining the amount of bail, creates a presumption that any defendant not lawfully present in the United States is a risk of flight. - Amends TCA Title 40.

*HB0014 by *Floyd.

Tobacco, Tobacco Products - As introduced, prohibits smoking in certain motor vehicles whenever any minor is present in the vehicle. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17.

From the text of the bill: "Motor vehicle" means any self-propelled vehicle licensed for on-road usage, other than a motorcycle, motor scooter or motorized bicycle, regardless of whether the self-propelled vehicle is publicly or privately owned, leased or rented; whether the vehicle is operated for public, private, or commercial purposes; or whether the windows or doors of the vehicle are in an opened or closed position.

Too nannystate for my taste.

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