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From the Highway Loss Data Institute, Sept. 29, 2010: ARLINGTON, VA — It’s illegal to text while driving in most US states. Yet a new study by researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers. In fact, such bans are […]

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Proposal to add juveniles convicted of sex crimes to the adult offender registry could come up for a committee vote this week.

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Press Release from State Representative Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) and Senator Diane Black (R-Gallatin), Dec. 7, 2009: NASHVILLE – Rep. Maggart and Sen. Black will push for passage of legislation in January to place violent juvenile offenders on Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry as required under the federal Adam Walsh Act. The legislators introduced legislation today to […]

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State of Tennessee Press Release, Dec. 04, 2009: NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today appointed Gayle Ray to be the next Commissioner of the Department of Correction. Ray will assume her new role on January 1, 2010, following the departure of current Correction Commissioner George Little, who earlier this week announced he will leave Bredesen’s […]

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Lawmaker who sponsored 2009 firearms-in-restaurants legislation is about to unveil “a general improvement on the law” for 2010. Sen. Doug Jackson says bill in draft will eliminate ambiguities a Davidson County judge called unconstitutional in a November ruling, and clarify how business-owners can prohibit guns with backing from police.

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Some lawmakers still have qualms with the traffic-enforcement pic-snapping gadgets; say they endanger motorists’ civil liberties, compromise safety and give too much power and profit to camera-operator companies. House Transportation Committee head wants reports on camera-caused or -prevented vehicle crashes, vendor contracts and how citation revenues are spent.

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House lawmakers examining the use of high-tech traffic enforcement tools plan on introducing bills next year that could create guidelines on where cameras could be used, and lengthening the duration of a yellow light before it turns red. Also under discussion is prohibiting speed-limit enforcement and stoplight cameras altogether.

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