MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- WMOT is again this year asking news makers from across the political spectrum to comment on the recently concluded 108th Tennessee General Assembly.
Today we hear from Hedy Weinberg, Director of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Weinberg says the session highlights a legislature that she sees as increasingly “partisan and polarized.”
She says her organization was especially disappointed in a bill, since signed by Governor Haslam, which criminalizes the act of giving birth to a drug addicted baby.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —Gov. Bill Haslam has kicked off a campaign in support of an amendment to the Tennessee constitution that would change the way State Supreme Court justices and appeals judges are appointed and retained.
Haslam was joined at a kickoff event Wednesday in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the State Capital by a number of dignitaries, including his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law legislation that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics.
Haslam said Tuesday after signing the bill he knows about the concerns opponents have to the measure and will use updates with the courts and health professionals to monitor its impact.
Health organizations and women's rights advocates called on Haslam to veto the bill. The measure would allow women to be charged with assault if they abuse narcotics while pregnant and give birth to a child who is dependent on drugs or harmed as a result.