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Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus issues legislative wrap-up

senatedemocrtcaucusbannerThe Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus has issued the following information though its weekly legislative report. Commendations were given via Senator Tim Barnes office to all high school graduates, recognizing their achievements and the support they have received from their families and friends.

Senator Barnes discussed the Memorial Day holiday, noting it is an especially significant day in his district. The presence of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division makes the meaning of Memorial Day more readily visible and poignant. He urged all Americans to give reverence to this day.

The senator also noted that, at a recent Cheatham County  school board meeting, parents expressed  concerns that convicted sex offenders could potentially have access to school property. State law, Barnes said, currently allows parents or legal guardians to visit schools where their  children attend, even if they are convicted sex offenders.

Tennessee State Senate Chambers
Tennessee State Senate Chambers

In response Senator Barnes told the parents that he was sponsoring a bill that would completely prohibit registered sex offenders from being on school grounds or being within 1,000 feet of the school, regardless of whether they have children attending the school or not. “That must change. There is nothing more important that we as a society, or I as a lawmaker, can do than protecting our children. I assure you I will continue to fight for this one.”

Senator Barnes also indicated that he was proud to support Senator Eric Stewart’s resolution which expresses the state’s commitment to buy products and services made in the United States, when spending Tennessee’s share of federal stimulus money. “As we work our way out of these tough times, it more  important than ever that we put our money where our jobs are: in American businesses.” Noting that Tennessee has seen many of its manufacturing jobs go overseas, he said that, “It’s time we make a commitment to keeping our dollars and our jobs here, where we need them most.” He closed by saying, “I’m proud to put my name to this resolution that encourages the state to do business that way.”


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