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A Consensus on School Security Legislation?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would allow school districts to hire retired law enforcement officers for security advanced in the Legislature on Wednesday after being approved by the governor.
The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland passed the House Civil Justice Committee on a voice vote before being approved 5-2 by the Senate Education Committee.
The proposal is different from the original version, which would have allowed school teachers and faculty with handgun carry permits to be armed at school. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has said he’s against such a proposal and others like it being considered this session.
However, a representative from the governor’s office said Wednesday that the governor is OK with the bill that’s advancing.
The proposal would allow schools to hire retired law enforcement officers after they meet certain requirements, such as completing a school policing course. Total raining could require over 400 hours.

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New Law Corrects ‘Injustice’ to One Retired State Employee

While Tennessee’s Constitution says that the Legislature has no power to enact a law for the benefit of a “particular individual,” Public Chapter 405 this year apparently did just that for an Oak Ridge man.
“This bill is to correct an injustice,” said state Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, in his initial presentation of the proposed legislation, then known as HB719, to a House subcommittee.
A review of recordings during the legislative proceedings shows the constitutional provision came up for discussion, but lawmakers ultimately decided that it could be appropriately bypassed to the benefit of James D. Harless, 67.
The bill passed on the House and Senate floors unanimously on the last day of the 2011 legislative session and was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam on June 6.
As a result, Harless, who was never named during the legislative proceedings, says he is receiving “around $31,000,” the first $14,000 paid July 1 into his 401k shortly after his retirement as an employee of the Department of Environment and Conservation.

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Recruiting Retirees

News release from Department of Economic and Community Development:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today Maury, Roane and Warren counties have met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program, bringing the state’s total number of active Retire Tennessee programs to 13.
“The addition of Maury, Roane and Warren counties to our Retire Tennessee Program reflects a commitment from each community to promote Tennessee as a great place for retirees to call home,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “I applaud those communities that have made retiree recruitment a part of their economic development strategies and who see the benefits retirees can bring to the communities in which they choose to live.”

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