34th District State Representative Rick Womick was on the WGNS Action Line Thursday morning and said educators being armed, staying on daylight savings time year around and national insurance are the major issues before the 108th Tennessee General Assembly that convenes January 8th.
Womick noted that legislators have already been told that Tennessee must stay within its budget. He said they had been told that proposed legislation that required additional funding would be "dead" before it got started.
Womick, who is an airline pilot and required to carry a weapon, said the majority of public response has been in favor educators who are well trained in firearms be placed in schools. In fact, the steady flow of calls from listeners confirmed that feeling locally.
Weapons In Parking Lots
Another weapon issue is gaining momentum, and that deals with the right to have a gun in your vehicle while on a public parking lot. Some feel that persons with carry permits should be allowed to leave their weapons in their vehicles, since courts have determined the car to be an extension of your residence. Reports indicate that some businesses want to have "gun free zones" on all of their property, including parking lots.
Year Around Daylight Savings Time
The thought of remaining on daylight savings time year around in Tennessee was also popular. Womick noted that Arizona and Indiana have remained on DST for some time.
National insurance is also a focus of the upcoming general assembly.
The 108th Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Rutherford County's state senators and representatives will be on the WGNS' Action Line on the last Friday of each month. The public will have an opportunity to call and talk with their legislators on this broadcast.