Tuesday, March 24

Governor establishes COVID-19 Unified Command team (WSMV-TV) Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday the establishment of the COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort to be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military. “The COVID-19 pandemic challenges every aspect of traditional government response in a crisis,” Lee said in a news release. “I have appointed the Unified Command to effectively change the way we attack COVID-19 in Tennessee as we work to simultaneously address health, economic and supply crises.” LINK

Gov. Lee creates COVID-19 Unified Command to handle coronavirus outbreak; issues Exec. Order 18 (WTVF-TV) Governor Bill Lee announced the creation of the COVID-19 Unified Command, which will “streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military.” “The COVID-19 pandemic challenges every aspect of traditional government response in a crisis,” said Gov. Lee. “I have appointed the Unified Command to effectively change the way we attack COVID-19 in Tennessee as we work to simultaneously address health, economic and supply crises.” LINK

Tennessee Forms Unified Command To Coordinate Outbreak Response (WPLN Radio) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee established a COVID-19 “command unit” on Monday afternoon. The effort will streamline coordination between the state’s Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the departments of Health and Military. The intent is to help the state plan ahead as the coronavirus spreads. The unit will also be in charge of quarantine, testing strategies, and managing a potential shortage of hospital beds. The move comes as statewide cases reached 615 today, up by 22% in the last 24 hours. COVID-19 has been detected in nearly half of the state’s counties. Two people have died. LINK

Tennessee Gov. Lee creates COVID-19 Unified Command to address health, economic responses to pandemic (Times Free Press) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Monday he is establishing a “COVID-19 Unified Command” to streamline coordination among health and emergency officials to combat what he called “not only a health crisis but an economic crisis.” “This team will be tasked with finding innovative, creative solutions for [coronavirus] testing, medical supplies, hospital capacity,” the Republican governor told reporters in an afternoon teleconference briefing. At the same time, Lee announced he has signed a new directive, Executive Order 18, that directs dentists, physicians and other providers to suspend most non-emergency surgeries. LINK

Gov. Bill Lee establishes COVID-19 coordination team (WVLT-TV) Governor Bill Lee announced Monday that a COVID-19 Unified Command team has been established to coordinate department responses to coronavirus across the board. “The COVID-19 pandemic challenges every aspect of traditional government response in a crisis,” said Gov. Lee. “I have appointed the Unified Command to effectively change the way we attack COVID-19 in Tennessee as we work to simultaneously address health, economic and supply crises.” The team will be lead by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter. The team is expected to coordinate between the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military. LINK

Governor adds new structure to COVID-19 response (Nashville Post) Gov. Bill Lee on Monday formed a “unified command” in order “to effectively change the way we attack COVID-19 in Tennessee as we work to simultaneously address health, economic and supply crises,” as he said in a press release. The group, not to be confused with Lee’s coronavirus task force appointed earlier this month, will be led by Stuart McWhorter, who is leaving his post as commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration. McWhorter spent the past week drastically rewriting the governor’s budget for next year amid predictions of a recession and near-zero economic growth. LINK

Lee names McWhorter to head ‘unified command’ on Tennessee coronavirus response (TN Journal) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has named Finance Commissioner Stuart McWhorter to head a new “unified command” on the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis. McWhorter,who will step aside from his role as head of the Department of Finance and Administration to take on the new role, named retired Army Brig. Gen. Scott Bower as his chief of staff. Bower is a former acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. LINK

Gov. Lee announces new ‘unified command,’ says he’ll evaluate school closure order this week (WBIR-TV) Gov. Bill Lee said Monday he’ll evaluate this week whether a statewide directive to keep public schools closed should be extended. He also touted a new “unified command” he’s created to help state officials be more nimble in responding to the crisis, and he said that while one of his staff members has tested positive for COVID-19, he himself feels fine and believes he is not at risk. LINK

Gov. Bill Lee establishes unified command as cases surpass 600 (Columbia Daily Herald) An additional 110 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus were reported by state health officials on Monday afternoon as Gov. Bill Lee announced the establishment of a new unified command effort to mitigate the impact of the illness. Tennessee now has a total of 615 cases of the new coronavirus. In Maury County, the number of confirmed cases increased from two to six on Monday. The Tennessee Department of Health says it has conducted a total of 983 tests have been completed and 73 of those tests returned positive. LINK

Gov. Bill Lee signs order canceling non-emergency surgeries, asks those providers to donate supplies (Tennessean) Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order on Monday calling upon non-emergency medical providers to cancel dental procedures and most surgeries and donate their remaining medical supplies to the state. Lee’s Executive Order 18, signed Monday afternoon, comes as many medical professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic struggle to obtain necessary personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves. LINK

Video: Gov. Bill Lee discusses Executive Order 18 in response to the coronavirus outbreak (Tennessean) LINK

To free up supplies for COVID-19, Lee prohibits elective surgeries, certain dental services (Johnson City Press) With the official number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Tennessee at 615 Monday, including six now in Washington County, Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order that would prohibit hospitals and outpatient surgery centers from performing elective surgeries. Executive Order 18, which Lee signed on Monday, would also prevent dentists and dental clinics from performing dental services, except for emergency services. Practitioners are also asked to donate their personal protective equipment from those facilities to the nearest National Guard armory. LINK

Gov. Lee bans elective surgeries and dental procedures (Nashville Business Journal) Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order Monday banning elective surgeries in health care facilities across Tennessee in an effort to conserve dwindling medical supplies. Executive Order 18 prohibits non-emergency surgeries in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers until April 13. It also prohibits non-emergency dental procedures during that period. Lee said non-hospital facilities are encouraged to donate their supply of personal protective equipment, such as masks and gowns, to their nearest National Guard Armory. LINK

Gov. Lee signs executive order prohibiting non-emergency healthcare amid COVID-19 pandemic (WTVF-TV) Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order temporarily prohibiting non-emergency healthcare procedures combat the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Lee announced Executive Order 18, which prohibits elective surgeries and dental procedures, during a press conference on Monday afternoon. LINK

Governor Lee holds first remote COVID-19 briefing (WKRN-TV) In his first remote daily COVID briefing since the start of doing them last Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee unveiled what he called a “unified command,” issued an order on the shortage of medical supplies and said one of his staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor barely mentioned that the state had 615 COVID-19 cases Monday, which was up from 505 on Sunday, but he again implored Tennesseans to pay attention to ways to combat the virus by pounding his arm on his podium saying “this is incredibly serious.” LINK

What It Means For Tennessee To Ban Elective Medical Procedures During Outbreak (WPLN Radio) Surgeons were already calling off some elective procedures as coronavirus patients threaten to stress hospitals in Tennessee. Now, surgeries deemed “non-essential” have been banned for nearly a month. Gov. Bill Lee’s latest executive order was signed Monday. Most heart surgeries are exempt, so is cancer treatment. And of course labor and delivery must go on. But joint replacements, bariatric surgery and all cosmetic procedures are cancelled. Still, that leaves a lot of decisions to make. LINK

Gov. Lee establishes COVID-19 Unified Command (Williamson Herald) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Monday established the COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort to be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military. “The COVID-19 pandemic challenges every aspect of traditional government response in a crisis,” Lee said. “I have appointed the Unified Command to effectively change the way we attack COVID-19 in Tennessee as we work to simultaneously address health, economic and supply crises.” LINK

McWhorter to lead state’s new multi-agency response to virus (Nashville Business Journal) Three Tennessee agencies are joining forces in a new effort to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Gov. Bill Lee appointed Stuart McWhorter on Monday to lead the newly established COVID-19 Unified Command, according to a news release. The joint effort is aimed at improving coordination between the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military (which oversees Tennessee’s National Guard forces). LINK

Video: Gov. Bill Lee holds a briefing on coronavirus in Tennessee (WATE-TV Knoxville) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee holds a press briefing on the state efforts to battle coronavirus in Tennessee. LINK

COVID-19 case confirmed in Lee’s office (News-Herald, Lenoir City) One person in Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s office has tested positive for COVID-19, Lee confirmed during a news conference Monday. Lee, who does not plan on getting tested for coronavirus, said he had very limited exposure to the staff member and hasn’t had any symptoms of the respiratory disease. The governor said he is confident about his situation and is taking serious steps to protect everyone. For example, the governor streamed his news conference online Monday, rather than having the press attend in person. LINK

Gov. Bill Lee signs executive order mandating alternative business models for restaurants and gyms, lifts alcohol regulations (Winchester Herald-Chronicle) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 today calling for businesses across the state to utilize alternative business models from today until April 6. The order also outlines ways businesses and citizens should work to protect vulnerable populations. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created both an economic and a health crisis and our response must continue to address both aspects,” said Gov. Lee. “Our goal is to keep the public, especially vulnerable populations, safe while doing everything possible to keep Tennesseans in a financially stable position.” LINK

3D Printers used to create masks during COVID-19 outbreak (WTVF-TV) The use of 3D printers has become critical to creating face masks for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Bill Lee announced that eight higher education schools and universities are printing face shields. “These face shields will allow a health care worker to extend the use of their face masks when dealing with COVID patients,” explained Gov. Lee. “I show this because it’s just one small example of a way that we’re utilizing our higher institutions of learning, the manufacturing companies across Tennessee, our private sector health providers – all working together to increase the supply of personal protective equipment that will allow our incredibly important, front-line health care workers to operate safely.” LINK

Tennessee colleges mass producing face shields to guard against coronavirus using 3D printers (Tennessean) Tennessee colleges are teaming up to mass produce face shields for medical workers battling the coronavirus outbreak. In days, colleges throughout the state have used 3D printers to produce more than 1,500 pieces of personal protective equipment, with plans to create thousands more. Hospitals are clamoring for masks, face shields and other tools as the explosive spread of COVID-19 continues to strain their supply chains. LINK

Clarksville joins cities urging residents to stay home (Tennessean) Gov. Bill Lee mandated Tennessee restaurants and bars limit operations to delivery, take-out and drive-through via an executive order issued Sunday. He has called for gyms to close and for residents to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people through April 6. During that same two-week period, Mayor John Cooper has ordered Nashville residents to stay at home unless they are taking care of “essential needs.” Only workers in essential roles are instructed to return to their jobs outside of their homes. LINK

Springfield ‘strongly recommends’ residents ‘shelter in place’ after governor’s order (Tennessean) The City of Springfield has issued a strong recommendation to “Shelter in Place” following the executive order signed Sunday by Gov. Bill Lee. LINK

Governments to conduct public meetings electronically (Johnson City Press) While local government officials are working out the technical details for conducting important public business remotely, the Washington County Board of Education will livestream a special-called meeting today on Youtube … Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order last week allowing governing bodies to conduct “essential business by electronic means, rather than being required to gather a quorum of members physically present at the same location, if the governing body determines that the meeting electronically is necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.” LINK

631 cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee; 2 deaths in Middle Tennessee (WZTV-TV) There are now 631 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Tennessee and Gov. Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency to help fight the virus. Governor Bill Lee announced the establishment of COVID-19 Unified Command in Tennessee in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The joint effort will include TEMA, the Dept. of Health and the Dept. of Military. LINK

Coronavirus Update: 615 COVID-19 cases in Tennessee (WATE-TV Knoxville) Tennessee has 615 cases of COVID-19, up 22% from the 505 officially reported on Sunday. The Tennessee Department of Health releases the number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on a daily basis. The bulk of the cases continue to be in the Nashville Metro area, where there are two reported deaths related to the virus. But Shelby County has seen its numbers balloon and Knox County is seeing its numbers more than double. LINK

About 500 ETSU students still on campus (WJHL-TV Johnson City) There were still about 500 students on campus as East Tennessee State University began its first day of online-only classes amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. ETSU President Brian Noland said about 100 of the students still on campus are international students. About 300 moved out over the weekend. According to Noland, students are continuing to move out of residence halls. The university encouraged students to return home instead of to campus following spring break. Last week, ETSU announced that classes would be moved online for the remainder of the semester. Monday marked the first day of classes following spring break. LINK

615 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, number of Knox County cases rises to 12 (AP/WBIR-TV Knoxville) The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 615 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, March 23. There were also 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Knox County, up from five the day before. There were also two deaths associated with coronavirus. LINK

Dental professionals petition to help during COVID-19 pandemic (WKRN-TV) Thousands of dentists and hygienists in the state and across the country are petitioning to help in the fight against COVID-19. The efforts come after mandates have been put in place in several states, effectively keeping dentists, hygienists and other licensed dental professionals at home unless there’s an emergency procedure. On Monday, executive order No. 18 was signed by Governor Bill Lee banning dental procedures and surgeries that aren’t emergencies until April 13. LINK

Tri-Cities restaurants and gyms challenged by executive order from TN Governor (WJHL-TV Johnson City) An executive order released by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is forcing Tri-Cities restaurants and gyms to either temporarily close or adapt their business models. The mandate orders eating establishments to halt dine-in service until April 6th. Only drive-through, takeout, and delivery service are permitted. Gyms and fitness centers are also ordered to close until that date. The impact of empty booths and empty bars is being felt by restaurants across the Tri-Cities. LINK

TN Gov. Bill Lee says no plans to issue statewide shelter-in-place orders (WATN-TV Memphis) While many Governors are issuing statewide shelter in place orders, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee says for now, he has no plans to do so. During a news conference Monday, Lee said, “It is not a one size fits all solution.” Monday, Memphis and Shelby County issued emergency declarations limiting when and where residents can be out of their homes. It also ordered non-essential businesses close. Nashville issued a similar order Sunday night. LINK

Protective equipment shortage reaches pitch statewide as governor avoids stay-at-home order (Daily Memphian) Hours after announcing a COVID-19 Unified Command to fight the virus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee still refused to declare a stay-at-home order but admitted the state has a shortage of personal protective equipment. “For me, it’s about the right time for the right decision in the right place,” Lee said, after Nashville and Memphis mayors declared stay-at-home orders. “There’s no one-size-fits-all, there’s no guaranteed solution.” LINK

No plan in place yet for Tennessee to cover coronavirus expenses for uninsured; Lee to seek Medicaid waiver from feds (Tennessean) As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases quickly rises in Tennessee, there’s no set plan in place for how the state will respond to uninsured patients who will inevitably need treatment for the highly contagious, sometimes fatal illness. Gov. Bill Lee said last week his office is in discussions with the federal government “about the opportunity to explore” using TennCare funds to pay for hospitalization and other treatment related to COVID-19 for Tennesseans who don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid. LINK

Lee declined Monday to issue statewide shelter-in-place order (WSMV-TV) Governor Bill Lee  declined to issue a state-wide order to shelter in place, but said “nothing is off the table” and  said that “decisions change every day.” He did sign an executive order that prohibits gatherings of ten or more people and closes down bars. Restaurants can provide  food via take-out or delivery only, and they can sell or deliver alcoholic beverages in sealed containers as part of a food order. The state now has 615 cases of people who tested positive for coronavirus. LINK

Cities take lead on shelter in place as Governor Lee declines statewide order (WZTV-TV) While Governor Bill Lee is not yet ready to request all Tennesseans shelter in place, he said Monday at his daily press briefing that “nothing is off the table.” Lee has received pressure from 2,000 doctors via a letter and the Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus to issue a shelter in place order as number of people infected by the coronavirus worldwide passes 300,000. Lee said, “I had a call with county mayors across the state. There’s an effort to do the right thing across the state.” LINK

Governors Clamp Down as Trump Considers Easing Virus Plans (Bloomberg) Governors and mayors across the U.S. issued orders to shut down normal human contact and commercial life even as the Trump administration debates dialing back guidances that officials fear is smothering the economy. On Monday, Indiana, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Massachusetts ordered residents to stay at home while Virginia and Maryland placed restrictions on non-essential movement. LINK

‘Your local blood bank needs you’: How coronavirus is affecting Tennessee’s supply (News Sentinel) The coronavirus pandemic has touched almost every aspect of daily life. Cancellations and shutdowns are designed to protect the most vulnerable among us. However, it also has damaging effects for those most in need. Blood drives across the country — from big to small — have been canceled or postponed in order to follow social distancing practices. Healthy donors may also hesitate leave their houses for their regular blood donations. LINK

Local groups work to fight domestic violence in pandemic (WREG-TV Memphis) Due to of the coronavirus outbreak, many families are at home spending more time together. But for some, that can create even more stress brought on by uncertainty. Some local groups said they don’t have the exact number as to whether domestic violence cases have increased in the past week, but they want families to know help is available during these stressful times. “They are now being asked to stay in close quarters together for an indefinite period of time,” said Deborah Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council. “Honestly, it’s terrifying.” LINK

Tennessee permit for TVA coal ash dump at Bull Run in Claxton hits regulatory roadblock (News Sentinel) With Anderson County residents and leaders in an uproar over coal ash, state regulators are now holding up a permit the Tennessee Valley Authority needs to build a new waste dump in Claxton, Knox News has learned. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is ordering TVA to take a second look at its plans for a 60-acre dump for coal ash produced at its Bull Run coal-fired power plant. Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal that includes a toxic stew of chemicals, heavy metals and radioactive material. LINK

State lawmaker calls for plan to get more masks, total equipment count (WTVF-TV) A Nashville lawmaker is calling for government action to determine how much personal protective equipment (PPE) the state has. State Representative Mike Stewart, a Nashville Democrat, held a press conference outside his home Monday morning while self-quarantining. Stewart called for Governor Bill Lee to take action on buying more protective masks and other protective gear used by healthcare workers and doctors who are treating patients who have COVID-19. LINK

Tennessee Senate Democrats urge Governor Lee to issue “Safe-At-Home” order (WSMV-TV) “At the trajectory we’re on, we may be in a place where we’re always trying to catch up with the spread of the virus instead of getting ahead of it. And that’s what we’ve got to reverse and we’ve got to reverse it now,” says Senator Jeff Yarbro. The democrat in Davidson County says if critical direction isn’t taken now, it will only be harder to build back the economy when businesses start to reopen. He’s one of many Democrats in the Senate urging Governor Bill Lee to issue an executive order to get people to stay home. LINK

Tennessee gas prices fall 14 cents in one week (Kingsport Times-News) The Tennessee gas price average continues to decrease amid growing concerns about COVID-19. The state average has dropped 14 cents since this time last week, according to AAA. Monday’s average of $1.89 is 34 cents less than a month ago and 54 cents less than a year ago. “Typically gas prices start to trend more expensive at the beginning of spring, especially as motorists get out to enjoy the warmer weather and travel for spring break. That is not the case this year,” said Megan Cooper, AAA spokesperson, in a press release. LINK

Iconic Plant’s End Spells Doom for Struggling Coal Industry (AP) President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant at Paradise burned its last load of coal last month. The plant’s closure — in a county that once mined more coal than any other in the nation — is emblematic of the industry’s decadeslong decline due to tougher environmental regulations, a major push toward renewable energy and a rise in the extraction of natural gas. LINK

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Pam Sohn: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s order mandates open meetings amid COVID-19 (Times Free Press) Tennessee’s Gov. Bill Lee stepped up Friday when he issued an executive order that governments are allowed to meet online for the next several weeks, but they must continue their responsibility to keep citizens in the loop — coronavirus or not. Lee’s order mandated those meetings remain at least somewhat open. There was already at least one bill that would have done this last week, but Tennessee lawmakers during their marathon budget session couldn’t reach agreement about the provisions. LINK

Guest column: How Tennessee schools are responding to COVID-19 pandemic (Tennessean) As COVID-19 spreads through the United States, the impact on student instruction resulting from school closures will pose new challenges for teachers and administrators alike, such that we have not dealt with before. Elected leaders across the nation and world have taken appropriate actions. However, experts still tell us the risk of developing severe illness from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is low for most people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). LINK

Guest column: With Gov. Bill Lee’s ‘essential business’ order in action, technology is a must (Tennessean) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order last Friday, giving much-needed relief and guidance on how governing bodies may conduct meetings electronically in light of a need to contain the spread of coronavirus. The order contained several key provisions TCOG sought, including governing bodies be allowed to conduct “essential business,” make reasonable efforts to provide live electronic access to the public and provide the public with better notice of the meeting agenda and how the public can access the meeting. LINK

Column: State Lawmakers Recess in ‘Unprecedented’ Rush (Nashville Scene) The state legislature recesses for at least two months to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. Less than a year ago, state House and Senate leaders joined Gov. Bill Lee for the traditional post-adjournment press conference on an early-May Thursday night at the Capitol. In part, it was a celebration — of the governor’s legislative successes, including in his efforts to pursue private-school vouchers and a Medicaid block grant. But it was also political theater. LINK

Guest column: Coronavirus in Nashville will be like a flood. It will take time and action to subside.(Tennessean) My wife and I moved to Nashville in 2008 at the start of my residency in anesthesiology at Vanderbilt. Over the last 12 years I have seen the people of Nashville do some remarkable things and overcome some incredible obstacles. It has become obvious over that time that the unity and self-sacrifice of every Nashville resident is the very soul of this city. But now we are faced with a threat that seems entirely unlike any before. The coronavirus pandemic has roiled financial markets globally, crippled local businesses, threatened or cost countless jobs, and incited panic buying that has left store shelves apocalyptically empty. LINK

Frank Cagle: Lee chooses vouchers over teacher raises, student mental health (KnoxTNToday) Hunkered down, sheltering in place. Cough, cough. Don’t panic. Write a coronavirus-free column. Too late. Last week we saw the triumph of ideology over good governance. In the midst of slashing the proposed state budget by $900 million, finding money to combat the effects of a pandemic, cutting a mental-health program for schoolchildren and cutting teacher pay raises in half, Gov. Bill Lee insisted on spending $40 million to implement his voucher program in Nashville and Memphis. LINK

TN Rep. John Holsclaw: Bill on gun carry, improving literacy rates, surprise medical billing advance in Tennessee House (Elizabethton Star) Last week in Nashville, historic Republican legislation that allows Tennessee to become the 17th state to enact constitutional carry cleared its first committee in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Members of the House Constitutional Protections & Sentencing Subcommittee approved House Bill 2817 by a 5-2 vote tally Tuesday evening. The measure sends a strong “tough on gun crime” message to violent criminals, felons, and gang members through a series of sentencing enhancements that support our law enforcement and judicial communities as they work to protect our cities and towns. LINK

 

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