NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee National Guard members who are absent without leave would face imprisonment and a fine under legislation headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure sponsored by Rep. Richard Floyd, a Chattanooga Republican, unanimously passed the House on Monday. The companion bill was approved in the Senate 26-1 earlier this month.
Under the bill, violators would be imprisoned for up to six months and fined as much as $500.
Gov. Phil Bredesen could not be reached for comment about whether he will sign the bill.
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