MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee Legislators are on the verge of passing extensive revisions to state law governing how courts decide child custody following divorce and the rights of non-custodial parents.
Bill 1488, sponsored by Senator Mike Bell of Riceville, was approved by the upper chamber Monday. Bell says the bill’s language was recommended to him by the Tennessee Bar Association and is intended to reconcile conflicting language in previous measures.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, Tennessee and several other states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.
The New York-based Rape Kit Action Project says that there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s in Memphis alone. By contrast, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms in the entire state of Texas.