Tennessee Senate Approves Bill Requiring People Convicted of Promoting Sex Work To Be Tested for HIV
The Tennessee Senate on Thursday voted 31-0 to approve a bill (SB 764) that would require people convicted of promoting commercial sex work to be tested for HIV, the AP/Eyewitness News Memphis reports (AP/Eyewitness News Memphis, 5/10). The state House in April voted 92-3 to approve the companion bill (HB 1775), which is sponsored by Rep. Ulysses Jones (D). According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, if the bill is signed into law, it will be the first of its kind nationwide (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/10). The Senate bill, which is sponsored by Democratic Leader Jim Kyle, now goes to Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) for consideration. The governor was not available for comment on whether he would sign the bill into law, the AP/News Memphis reports (AP/Eyewitness News Memphis, 5/10).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.