A Look At What Didn’t Pass This Session In TN Legislature

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Some feel Tennessee lawmakers left a lot on the table this past session. State Capitol Newsroom reporter Chris Bundgaard looks at some of the issues that did not pass.

A bill to allow people to use medical cannabis in a non-smoking form for certain diseases like cancer changed to just simple decriminalization before sponsors withdrew it for lack of votes.

Those who need medical cannabis vow to be back, but they worry about those who have to wait again for lawmakers, who remain wary despite public opinion polls that show a majority of support among voters.

A bill to move the bust of controversial Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest from Tennessee’s capitol hill to the state museum died in committee. Like medical cannabis, it would have been a controversial vote for state lawmakers facing elections this year.

Another bill that died in committee was the measure allowing children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition rather than paying out of state tuition for Tennessee colleges as they do now.

Then there remains the politically prickly issue of changing gun laws. Minority Democrats made a last second pitch to try and keep weapons out of those with mental illness, but it never came up for a vote.

Most of the issues in some form are expected back next January when the new session begins.

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