Gov. Bill Haslam’s gun bill zipped through the House Finance Subcommittee without discussion Wednesday, reports The Tennessean. But his abortion bill is still awaiting its first vote.
The gun measure (HB2575) increases the time that handgun permits are valid while also decreasing fees.
Current law requires Tennessee handgun owners to pay $115 to obtain a five-year permit. Haslam’s bill seeks to lower the cost to $100 while also allowing a permit to remain valid for eight years.
The bill received no discussion in the committee and heads to the chamber’s full finance committee. The Senate version of the bill is scheduled to be discussed next week.
While several of Haslam’s main agenda items, including creating local boards for the state’s six four-year colleges and a criminal justice bill, have been making their way through the legislature, one has not gone anywhere.
The governor’s “Fetal Remains Act” (HB2577) has yet to be discussed in a single legislative committee. The legislation would require more reporting of the disposition of fetal remains and would “prohibit reimbursement of any costs associated with shipping an aborted fetus or fetal remains.”
“The Fetal Remains Act strengthens accountability and transparency for surgery centers performing abortions,” Haslam said when his agenda was introduced in January.