TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL)- Tennessee lawmakers return to Nashville next week for the second session of the 109th General Assembly and local representatives are working on bills addressing issues from gun rights to smoking bans.
We found out what our local lawmakers plan to introduce during the upcoming session.
Representative David Hawk of Greene County is introducing two new bills. One would add an additional legislative session every other September.
Hawk’s other bill would allow a lawyer to be charged with perjury if it can be proven he or she lied during a court proceeding.
“Unfortunately there are situations that have been presented to me by several folks in the community where some attorneys may be very loose with the truth when they’re going about court proceedings,” Hawk said.
He said right now there is no criminal penalty for a lawyer who lies in a court proceeding.
Representative John Holsclaw of Elizabethton is introducing a bill that would ban drivers from holding a cell phone while driving. He suggests using a hands-free device instead.
Over in Sullivan County, Bud Hulsey plans to reintroduce a bill allowing those with a misdemeanor for domestic assault to eventually regain the right to bear arms.
“A woman who is 35 years old now and she was 18 or 19 and slapped her boyfriend or pinched her boyfriend, and got charged with it, arrested, and found guilty of it, now she’s 35 lives by herself and the state is saying hey you don’t have any means or way to protect you life and you’re not going to for the rest of your life,” Hulsey said.
Hulsey said as of now the right to bear arms is taken away with a domestic assault misdemeanor.
With his new law, “If you keep your nose clean for 10 years, don’t commit any crime, do what you’re supposed to do, you can approach a judge and ask for that to be expunged from your record,” Hulsey said.
And finally, Sullivan County Representative Lon Lundberg said he is introducing a bill that would give cities the ability to ban smoking on city property.
Lawmakers return to Nashville Tuesday.
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