Haslam anti-crime bills unanimously pass Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two key pieces of legislation in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-crime package have passed the Senate.

A proposal that would increase penalties for violent crimes committed by groups of three or more people was unanimously approved 30-0 on Monday evening. A measure that would enhance penalties for gun possession by people with previous felony convictions was also unanimously approved 29-0.

The companion to both proposals is waiting to be scheduled for a vote on the House floor.

A proposal that would require mandatory jail time for people with repeat domestic violence convictions has stalled in the finance committees of both chambers because of cost concerns to local governments.


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