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Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby johnharris » Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:24 pm

STATE OF TENNESSEE
106th General Assembly
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Criminal Practice and Procedure of JUD
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - HHR31 - 12:00 PM

Watson, Chair; Sontany, Vice-Chair;
Bass, Camper, Faulkner, Matheny



1. HB 0082 by *Shaw (*SB 0019 by *Gresham, Ford, O.)
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, authorizes current and retired judges who possess a handgun carry permit to carry a firearm under same circumstances and conditions as law enforcement officers and correctional officers. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

Fiscal Summary: MINIMAL

TFA OPPOSES THIS LEGISLATION. TFA OPPOSES any legislation which has the effect of granting special privileges to civilians depending on work related criteria and/or prior service (e.g., retired officers, former military). If “current and retired” judges need to carry when they are not working as a judge, then they need to obtain a civilian permit.


2. *HB 0411 by *Pitts (SB 0383 by *Barnes)
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, creates Class A misdemeanor offense of attempting to buy firearm when prohibited by law from possessing firearm and attempting or selling firearm to person known to be prohibited by law from possessing firearm. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

Fiscal Summary: Increase Local Revenue - Not Significant
Increase Local Expenditures - Not Significant
Increase State Revenue - Not Significant
Increase State Expenditures - Not Significant

TFA OPPOSES THIS LEGISLATION. It proposes to create a new crime which, according to the fiscal summary, has no apparent costs related to enforcement which means that it would not be applied. Federal law already adequately deals with purchases and attempted purchases by prohibited persons.


3. *HB 0959 by *McCord (SB 1126 by *Norris)
Handgun Permits - As introduced, makes information contained in handgun carry permit applications and renewals, information provided to agencies to investigate applicant, and records maintained relative to the permit application confidential and creates Class A fine only misdemeanor of unauthorized publication of permit information or records. - Amends TCA Section 10-7-504 and Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA SUPPORTS THIS BILL.


4. *HB 0960 by *McCord (SB 1518 by *Burchett)
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, authorizes person with handgun carry permit to possess firearm in local, state, or federal parks. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 70.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION – No Restricting Amendments!


5. *HB 0961 by *McCord (SB 1519 by *Burchett)
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, authorizes person with handgun carry permit to possess firearm in a refuge, public hunting area, wildlife management area, or on national forest land. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 70.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION – No Restricting Amendments!


6. *HB 0962 by *McCord (SB 1127 by *Jackson, Norris)
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, allows person with handgun carry permit to carry in restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages as long as such person is not consuming alcoholic beverages and such restaurant is not an age-restricted venue. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA SUPPORTS BILLS TO ALLOW PERMIT HOLDERS TO CARRY IN RESTAURANTS. This bill has a pending amendment, however, which will defeat this purpose by adding a “curfew” of from 9pm to 11pm on permit holders only relative to eating in such an establishment. The proposed amendment also has a restriction on “age restricted” locations such that permit holders would not be allowed in those establishments no matter what the time may be.


7. *HB 0716 by *Niceley (SB 0976 by *Faulk)
Handgun Permits - As introduced, allows any resident who has a valid handgun carry permit to possess a handgun while within the boundaries of any state park. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 70.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA HB 0960 and 0961 as having better language on a similar topic.


8. *HB 0414 by *Windle (SB 0565 by *Yager)
Correction, Dept. of - As introduced, authorizes inmate relations coordinators to carry firearms to same extent as correctional officers. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA neutral so long as is “on the job” only.


9. *HB 0254 by *Casada (SB 0554 by *Norris)
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, deletes requirement that the purchaser of a firearm give a thumbprint as part of background check process and that the TBI furnish thumbprint cards and pads to firearm dealers. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION!


10. *HB 0520 by *Shaw (SB 1140 by *Gresham)
Criminal Offenses - As introduced, allows inference that defendant committed offense of simple possession of controlled substance when controlled substance is found in defendant's blood that is lawfully obtained. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available


11. *HB 0070 by *Fincher (SB 0474 by *Berke)
Criminal Procedure - As introduced, deletes subsection in self-defense law providing that a person not justified in use of deadly force to prevent or terminate trespass on real property or unlawful interference with personal property. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 11, Part 6.

Fiscal Summary: Decrease State Revenue - Not Significant
Decrease State Expenditures - Not Significant
Decrease Local Revenue - Not Significant
Decrease Local Expenditures - Not Significant

TFA SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION


12. HB 0615 by *Todd (*SB 0170 by *Ketron)
Public Records - As introduced, makes confidential all information furnished by a witness during the course of certain investigations. - Amends TCA Title 10.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION


13. *HJR 0032 by *West
General Assembly, Studies - Creates special joint committee to study Tennessee's gun laws. -

Fiscal Summary: Not Available

TFA SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION


14. *HB 0314 by *Matheny (SB 1081 by *Jackson)
Junk Dealers and Junkyards - As introduced, provides that state regulatory scheme for sellers and purchasers of scrap metal preempts any local regulations or ordinances on the same subject. - Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 9, Part 1.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available


15. HB 0516 by *Matheny (*SB 0066 by *Bunch)
Criminal Offenses - As introduced, creates theft offense of making false statement or concealment of material fact for purpose of obtaining accommodation in housing project of a housing authority or for paying less rent than required for such dwelling. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 11, Part 1 and Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 1.

Fiscal Summary: Not Available
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Re: Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby SomeGuy » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:28 pm

11. *HB 0070 by *Fincher (SB 0474 by *Berke)
Criminal Procedure - As introduced, deletes subsection in self-defense law providing that a person not justified in use of deadly force to prevent or terminate trespass on real property or unlawful interference with personal property. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 11, Part 6.

Fiscal Summary: Decrease State Revenue - Not Significant
Decrease State Expenditures - Not Significant
Decrease Local Revenue - Not Significant
Decrease Local Expenditures - Not Significant

TFA SUPPORTS THIS LEGISLATION


I wrote my letter on the other bills, but held off on this one. John, are we sure this bill has no hidden problems? I see Berke is the Senate sponsor, and last I checked, he was not exactly our friend. I held off on this one simply to make sure it was safe, because I know Berke opposed us before, and I do not trust the man who followed Ward Crutchfield.
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Re: Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby johnharris » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:11 pm

I read the body of each bill, not the summary. It appears ok but double check it and tell me what you think
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Re: Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby SomeGuy » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:21 pm

Might just be confusion on my part.

Section 1 looks great.

Section 2, is that merely clarifying the law? If so, then OK, looks like Berke is doing something right for once.

I guess my distrust of Berke caused a bit of a knee-jerk reaction.
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Re: Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby SomeGuy » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:46 pm

I just took a look again at HB0962. It appears the bill all ready possess the age restriction, do we want to continue supporting it?

Also, on the TN House legislation website I am not seeing anything about an amendment regarding time.
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Re: Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby johnharris » Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:19 am

The time amendment is in an oral motion that you only see at this time in the video clip. I watched the clip to get the notes that I sent out on who was taking which positions on this bill.
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Re: Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby SomeGuy » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:44 pm

4 States Reps received e-mail from me. Floyd (mine), Bell (met him before he was elected, always been pro- gun owner), McCormick, met him a few times, he has been good to us, and Dean, who I am less familiar with.

All but McCormick have responded.

Floyd:

Hi James !! Great to hear from you .Got you covered on these bills.I'll do all I can to see they die in committee.Hope things are going well for you .


With Respect
Richard Floyd


From Bell:

James,

I will be working on these bills. Keep me up to date with TFA's positions on these bills.

Mike


From Dean:

Dear James,

Thank you so much for your detailed email regarding several handgun
bills. I will certainly take the time to read those bills and take your
positions in mind, while doing so. Again, I appreciate your input and
value your opinion.

Thanks,

Vince Dean
Dist 30
Tn General Assembly


Floyd, Bell, and McCormick I think are going to be pro-gun votes. Dean, I just don't know about him. He wanted to be the Sheriff of our County, so, he may not be overly fond of his job as a Rep. Plus, he has been a cop. Never really have known him, so I can't say where he will go. If there are any other members in his district, they should mail him. He may not have a decision made yet, and we may need to help him make that decision. (Of course, his response might be because unlike Floyd and Bell, he does not know me as well. He might be a friend we just haven't met yet.)
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Re: Legislative Calendar 2- 15- 09 CALLS REQUIRED

Postby jhnpeterman » Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:19 pm

Should we be calling the Senate judiciary committee members about the "gun" bills?
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