As previously reported, H.B. 615 had been introduced last year by Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, but after being approved by the House, was shelved by the Senate, which sent the measure back to committee for further consideration after its constitutionality was questioned.
The effort was revived this year by sponsor Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Morristown. Now S.B. 1108, the bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday 7-1. It is scheduled to be considered by the full Senate on Monday.
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