Bill to crack down on domestic abuse advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A measure to crack down on domestic violence is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

The proposal, which is part of Gov. Bill Haslam's package, was unanimously approved 11-0 on Tuesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the House floor.

The legislation carried by Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville adds fines and jail time for second and subsequent convictions of domestic assault.

It originally would have cost local jails about $8 million, but Overbey amended the proposal by decreasing jail time, and the cost is now roughly $4 million.

Haslam has appropriated close to $600,000 in his budget for the legislation.

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