Women and the Police State, Policing and Prison

The source for these “bills to watch” was the Nashville Feminist Collective.

Bill Number Description Details
HB1191 by Camper
(SB0039 by Kelsey)


Law enforcement use/ownership of military weaponry, military vehicles, aircraft owned by Prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from owning or using certain military vehicles, aircraft, and weaponry including machine guns, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, flamethrowers, grenade launchers, anti-tank weapons, recoilless rifles, and crew-served weapons; requires the divestiture or destruction of such vehicles, aircraft, or weaponry prior to January 1, 2016.Does not include: (i) magazine-fed, gas-operated, air-cooled rifles designed for semiautomatic or automatic fire, (ii) magazine-fed, air-cooled carbines designed for semiautomatic or automatic fire and the use of pistol cartridges; or (iii) grenade launchers adapted to use nonlethal ammunition
HB0022 by Gilmore
(SB1138 by Tate)SUPPORT
Expunged Offenses Prohibits employers from asking applicants for employment about expunged offenses; prevents higher education institutions from asking applicants for admission about expunged offenses; establishes civil penalties for private employers violating act’s provisions.
SB 0866 (Kyle)/HB 0713 (Gilmore)SUPPORT Submitting of demographic data on stops to the TBI. Requires each state, county, and municipal law enforcement agency to collect and submit demographic data to the TBI on any person who is stopped by an officer employed by the agency. Provides that the data shall include information on the race of any person who is subject to a traffic stop, a halt at a roadblock, a search, stop and frisk, or an arrest.
SB 1084 (Harris)/HB 1225 (Towns)SUPPORT Annual TBI report on crime to contain demographic data. Requires the annual TBI report on crime to include demographic data, including the percentage of suspects, victims, and convicted offenders based on race, gender, age, nationality, and any other appropriate demographic data determined by the director of TBI.The legislation will increase the information available to help assess the volume and type of law enforcement interaction with juveniles in Tennessee. It would also improve the availability of data to document and address DMC within the juvenile justice system.
SB 0006 (Kelsey)/HB 0057 (Deberry)SUPPORT Racial Profiling Prevention Act. Enacts the “Racial Profiling Prevention Act”. Requires each state and local law enforcement agency to adopt a written policy that prohibits racial profiling.The bill defines racial profiling as, ―the detention, interdiction, or other disparate treatment of an individual solely on the basis of the individual‘s actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, or national origin.
SB 1009 (Harris)/HB 1025 (Stewart)SUPPORT Sets reimbursement rate for indigent counsel to $100 per hour. The legislation would establish the rate for compensation for indigent counsel at $100 for services prior to trial, at trial, and during the appeal of the case.The current reimbursement rate for indigent counsel is $40 per hour in trial preparation and $50 per hour in court. This legislation would more than double the rate for trial preparation and double the rate per hour in court. The current reimbursement rate for indigent counsel is inadequate and potentially jeopardizes provision of effective legal representation in some cases. Current reimbursement for lawyers who represent children is inadequate in both hourly and maximum rates.
HB 0712 by *Gilmore/ SB 0868) by *Kyle
Requiring Law Enforcement Officers to Wear Wide Angle Body Cameras Requires law enforcement officers to wear wide angle body cameras that record video footage while on duty, if funded by grants, private donations, or federal funds.