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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 and the related games of chance. If they are legalized, the General Assembly would then establish parameters.

Resolution Sponsor

Miller in the House

Resolution Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: House Resolution

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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, among others, the victim’s “race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender.” This bill would add “gender identity” to the list.

Bill Sponsors

Kyle in the Senate
Jones in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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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 in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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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 the production, sale and use of marijuana to include licensing of facilities to produce or dispense marijuana;
  • Voters of county or municipality may exercise a local option referendum on whether to allow the retail sale of medical marijuana in their jurisdiction;
  • Generally, a licensed grower of marijuana may do so anywhere in the state, however, a county legislative body will have authority to prohibit such activity by opting the county out of this provision.
  • Prior to purchase of marijuana an individual must first be approved as an authorized cardholder by the commission.
  • Becoming an authorized cardholder requires that the person must first obtain certification from a physician of a diagnosis of one or more of the debilitating medical conditions that are outlined in the legislation, or as determined by the commission.

Bill Sponsors

Dickerson in the Senate
Faison in the House

Bill Status

Passed House Criminal Justice Committee. No action taken in the Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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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 to HIV or AIDS, to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. It does not require that a physician prescribe the marijuana, only that the person “reasonably believes” it is necessary for the treatment of the condition.

Bill Sponsors

Yarbro in the Senate
Love in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill