Tennessee: Let businesses profit and benefit community

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Tennessee is a great state for doing business, but if we want to keep our reputation, we will need to keep up with the evolving goals of many entrepreneurs. This year, state lawmakers will decide whether Tennessee joins a growing number of states that allow the formation of benefit corporations, organizations that focus on social good and profitable enterprise. For-profit … Read More

GOP medical marijuana bill has oils, legal growing

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Marijuana legally grown, processed and given for treatment at the recommendation of a doctor in Tennessee could become a reality if lawmakers approve a new Republican-led initiative. The chances of changing current law aren’t fantastic: Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, put the odds of the General Assembly approving his limited medical marijuana plan this year at “50-50, plus or minus 5 … Read More

Police Departments Hiring Non-citizen Immigrants

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A spokesman for the department, Don Aaron, said it seeks to hire immigrants who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military to be eligible for police service, USA Today reported. “Persons who have given of themselves in the service to this country potentially have much to offer Tennesseans,” Aaron said. “We feel that … would benefit both the country and … Read More

Nashville GOP senator to propose medical marijuana bill

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A Nashville Republican senator is working on legislation that will, to some degree, suggest changing Tennessee law to allow marijuana for medicinal usage. Sen. Steve Dickerson, who is also an anesthesiologist, confirmed Thursday he’s working on the legislation with Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cookeville. “We want to make sure that it’s medical appropriate, substantiated, and that it answers the real needs … Read More

Nashville Today: Bill would mandate 12-hour hold in domestic violence cases

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Tennessee has the ominous distinction of being in the top 10 worst states for domestic violence. In Davidson County, someone is the victim of domestic violence every 20 minutes. State law currently requires a 12-hour “cooling off” period for those accused of perpetrating a crime against a domestic partner or spouse but judicial discretion means that requirement is often waived … Read More

Tennessean Op-Ed: Tennessee can make strides on domestic violence

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This year our General Assembly has a chance to take a major step forward in protecting victims of domestic violence from repeated abuse. Protecting victims is just one part of ending domestic violence, but an important part. Domestic violence is a scourge in our community. On average, every 20 minutes, an act of domestic violence occurs in Davidson County, and … Read More

Tennessee Bill Aims to Clarify Bitcoin Campaign Donation Rules

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The man behind a new bill before the Tennessee Senate is seeking to ensure that the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) approval of bitcoin campaign donations will be honored in the southern US state. Introduced on 18th February by state Senator Steven Dickerson, a Republican from Nashville, the aim of Senate Bill 647 is to amend Tennessee Code to accommodate digital currency as an … Read More