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Read about legislative bills that we are tracking through the Tennessee General Assembly that relate to horse racing and medical marijuana.

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Authorizing Casinos and Games of Chance (House Joint Resolution 109)

The resolution seeks to amend Article XI, Section 5 of the Tennessee Constitution that if passed, would allow the Legislature to authorize casinos and games of chance associated with casinos to be operated in Tennessee. Resolution Analysis If this is ultimately approved, the General Assembly would then be able to debate whether to authorize casinos […]

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Gender Identity Added as a Factor in Determining Hate Crime (SB 1943 / HB 1982)

Adds gender identity to the list of victim characteristics which should be considered as an enhancement factor in sentencing. Bill Analysis Currently, a person’s criminal sentence can be enhanced if it is determined that the person intentionally committed a crime against another because the victim exhibited one of a number of characteristics. These characteristics include, […]

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Establishes Horse Racing Commission – Final Step (SB 1908 / HB 2109)

Establishes the Tennessee Horse Racing Commission to regulate horse racing and wagering in Tennessee. Bill Analysis This bill is the final step toward full legalization of horse racing and gambling on those races in Tennessee. Virtually identical to SB 346. Bill Sponsors Niceley in the Senate Tillis in the House Bill Status No action taken […]

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Enacts Medical Cannabis Act (SB 1710 / HB 1749)

Enacts the “Medical Cannabis Act”; establishes medical cannabis commission for regulation of cannabis-related health care. Bill Analysis This is a far-reaching bill that would authorize and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Among the provisions included are: Establishment of a commission that would be charged with regulating all aspects of […]

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Legalization of Medical Marijuana for Medical Condition (SB 1633 / HB 1700)

Creates an exception to the criminal law for the possession of no more than one ounce of marijuana if it is possessed for the treatment of a provable medical condition. Bill Analysis The bill as drafted allows a person who can prove a medical diagnosis of one of 19 medical conditions ranging from severe nausea […]

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Legalizes Marijuana for Medical Purposes (SB 673 / HB 860)

Creates an exception to the criminal code to the offense of simple possession of marijuana in limited circumstances. Bill Analysis The bill provides that an individual can possess marijuana if they have a valid, medical marijuana identification card issued in any state and who obtained the marijuana pursuant to a valid physician’s recommendation. Bill Sponsors […]

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Establishes Horse Racing Commission (SB 346 / HB 814)

Establishes the Tennessee Horse Racing Commission to regulate horse racing and wagering in Tennessee. Bill Analysis This bill is the final step toward full legalization of horse racing and gambling on those races in Tennessee. Virtually identical to SB 1908. Bill Sponsors Niceley in the Senate Lovell in the House Bill Status No action taken […]