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Senate Approves ‘Concussion Bill’ Unanimously

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would provide protections for youth athletes who suffer concussions by preventing them from returning to play until cleared by a doctor, reports The Tennessean.
The bill will now move on to the state House, where it will first be considered by a subcommittee next week.
The bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, has touted the legislation as providing important protections to prevent young athletes from suffering serious brain injuries by returning to their sport too soon after a concussion. The bill would apply to children under 18 who play private or public school sports, or in recreational leagues that require a fee, such as club soccer organizations.
The bill (SB882) has the support of the National Football League, the Tennessee Medical Association, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association and the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society. Tennessee is one of seven states without a concussion law.
Under the bill, coaches, parents, league administrators and players would be educated on a yearly basis about the dangers of concussions and brain injuries. Any athlete displaying concussion symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, headaches, confusion and blurred vision would be required to be removed from practice or competition immediately. And any athlete diagnosed with a concussion could not return to play until cleared by a doctor, osteopath or neuropsychologist
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Wine-in-Grocery-Stores Bill Clears Senate Committee, 5-4

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.
The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state’s nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.
Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro and the bill’s main sponsor, stressed that the wine votes would only be allowed in communities that have previously passed referendums to allow sales of liquor by the drink and retail package stores.
“Both of which wouldn’t be in your city or county if it did not get there by referendum,” he said. “All we’re doing with this bill is asking the same opportunity: Let your people vote.”
The measure would have to be approved by the Senate Finance Committee before heading for a full floor vote. The House began hearings on the measure on Tuesday, but a first vote had not yet been scheduled.

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Bill Repealing Early High School Graduation Program Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to do away with the state’s early graduation program is advancing in the House.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin (HB2235) was approved Tuesday on a voice vote in the House Education Committee. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 last week.
Under the so-called Move on When Ready Act, a student who scores 27 on the ACT is only required to obtain 18 hours of specific classes to get a diploma. Casada’s proposal would require students to complete 22 hours before moving on.
Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis said he voted against the legislation because he thinks students should benefit from the law’s requirements if a “child’s aptitude and all-around fitness” show they have the ability to advance.

House Approves Cash Incentives Bill (Government Creating Jobs?)

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — House Republicans insist their vote Wednesday for a plan to expand a state economic development inventive program does not conflict with their mantra that government can’t create jobs.
The chamber voted 96-0 for the measure proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam and carried by Republican Rep. Tim Wirgau of Paris, who said the expanded cash grant program would help spur investment in economically distressed areas of the state.
“Let me make it very clear that we’re not going to be standing on the Capitol steps and just doling out checks,” Wirgau said.
The measure, which awaits a vote in the Senate before it can head for Haslam’s signature, would allow the state to provide Fast Track grants for retrofitting, relocation, office upgrades or temporary space for companies investing in Tennessee.
The current Fast Track program is limited to jobs training and infrastructure improvements. The state has appropriated $217 million to the program over the last three budget years and Haslam has proposed pouring another $80 million for the current and upcoming budget year.

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