Bill seeking to prohibit gang activity at schools advances - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bill seeking to prohibit gang activity at schools advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that seeks to prohibit gang activity at high schools in Tennessee is headed for a full Senate vote.

The bill sponsored by Memphis Democrat Reginald Tate unanimously passed the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.

The legislation would authorize school districts to make rules that include prohibiting the wearing of gang paraphernalia and any activity that encourages participation in a gang.       Tate has said the bill is necessary because of complaints of gang activity in Memphis area schools.

The companion bill in the House has been placed behind the budget, meaning the measure will be revisited if any money is left after the state's spending plan is set.

Read the full text of SB2554 on the General Assembly's Web site at: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

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