'Occupy Nashville' bill scheduled for Senate floor - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Occupy Nashville' bill scheduled for Senate floor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal aimed at stopping Occupy Nashville protesters from staying overnight at the Capitol complex is scheduled for the Senate floor on Thursday.

Protesters have camped at the plaza since early October. At one time there were as many as 60 tents, but that number is now less than half, mainly because of the proposed legislation.

The measure, which passed the House 70-26 last week, would make it a misdemeanor to lay down "bedding for the purpose of sleeping."

It refers to items associated with camping.

Under the legislation, violators would be fined as much as $2,500 and face up to nearly a year in jail, which opponents say is excessive.

Supporters say the bill is necessary because of criminal activity and lewd behavior at the encampment.

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