Tennessee Governor Haslam releases his top legislative priorities for 2017

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam released his top legislative priorities for the year Thursday, including previously announced plans to break up the Tennessee Board of Regents system and revise criminal sentencing plus new ones regulating fetal tissue and for-profit higher education institutions.


The governor's office said the "Fetal Remains Act" seeks to address concerns raised by anti-abortion activists last year regarding Planned Parenthood and the selling of human fetal tissue. The bill requires increased reporting on the disposition of aborted fetal remains, prohibits reimbursement of costs associated with shipping fetal remains and establishes a mandatory inspection process for ambulatory surgical treatment centers performing more than 50 abortions annually.



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