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House Bill Bans State Enforcement of Farm Child Labor Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has passed a bill declaring that Tennessee wouldn’t enforce federal regulations governing child labor on family farms.
The chamber voted 70-24 on Monday evening to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby.
The measure is in response to rules being considered by the U.S. Labor Department seeking to keep children away from some of the most dangerous farm jobs.
Farm groups had complained that the initial rules proposed last year would upset traditions where children often work alongside their parents and relatives to learn how a farm operates.
The Labor Department last month agreed to modify the plan to include broader exemptions for children whose parents are part owners or operators of farms.
The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.

Note: It’s HB2669. There was much debate, with some Democrats saying the bill could prompt a cutoff of federal farm subsidies and questioning legality of the measure.

‘Guns in Courthouses’ Bill Moves Forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would allow Tennessee judges with certain training to carry a gun in the courtroom is headed for a full House vote.
The measure (HB2039) sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote on Tuesday and will now be scheduled for a vote on the House floor. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the same committee in the Senate.
Currently, any law enforcement officer can carry a firearm at all times and anywhere in the state. The proposal allows judges to carry during their judicial duties.
An amendment to prevent judges from undergoing eight hours of firearms training failed. Chairman Eric Watson, a Cleveland Republican and captain deputy sheriff, said if the training is required for officers then it should also apply to judges.