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Gov. Haslam has vetoed a bill that would require images documenting animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours. In a statement released Monday, the governor said his office has carefully considered the bill, but decided to veto it due to a number of concerns. The state's Attorney General last week called the measure "constitutionally suspect." District Attorneys had also expressed concerns that the act would make it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases. Animal protection groups said the measure they called the "Ag-Gag" bill was designed to prevent whistleblowers from collecting evidence of ongoing patterns of abuse. The veto is Haslam's second since he took office in 2010.
The second annual Cumberland County Drug Take Back program collected a total of 438 pounds of unwanted drugs from area residents for disposal by the Drug Enforcement Administration. According to Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Casey Cox, "The citizens of Cumberland County have made a powerful statement. They want to protect our children from the potential of abuse, and protect our environment and our waterways from contamination. "Cumberland County law enforcement officials find removing unnecessary pills and drug products from homes also helps to discourage drug-addicted individuals from burglary and theft. The Cumberland County collection is part of 371 tons of prescription medications collected April 27 nationwide. When the collections from DEA's previous five Take Back events were added, more than 2.8 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed from circulation. Another Drug Take Back is scheduled in the fall for the Crossville and Fairfield Glade areas.
East Tennessee Children's Hospital has treated so many babies born dependent on prescription drugs that the facility is now helping other medical centers around the country. The hospital has treated more than 500 babies since 2008 who are suffering from what is known as neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Gov. Bill Haslam must decide this week whether he will allow a bill to become law that would require images documenting animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours. Animal protection groups say the so-called "ag gag" bill is designed to prevent whistleblowers from collecting evidence of ongoing patterns of abuse.
State Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes says overall April revenues were $160.9 million more than the state budgeted. Emkes said total collections in April marked the ninth consecutive positive growth month this fiscal year. Franchise and excise taxes combined were $111.3 million above the budgeted estimate, and the Hall Tax was in excess of $46.6 million. However, sales tax collections were $5.8 million less than the budgeted estimate for April.