Education, evidence, wine bills discussed in Tenn. capitol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Several bills were discussed in the Tennessee capitol on Wednesday.

Tennessee Promise bill

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam's promise to high school students looking to go to community college is now headed to the Senate floor. Earlier Wednesday, his Tennessee Promise legislation advanced out of the Senate education committee, where it passed 8 to 1.

The proposal would cover a full ride at two-year schools for any high school graduate; it would cost the state $34 million per year.

The move is meant to encourage students to consider going to two-year colleges first.

Prior photos as evidence in trials

A bill that could affect trials all across Tennessee was introduced into the state legislature. The bill would allow a photograph of a victim of a violent crime, taken before the crime, to be used in the case.

The photo would then be entered in as evidence for the jurors to view during deliberations.

Current rules leave it up to the judge to decide if prosecutors can show pictures of the victim.

A house subcommittee voted on the bill Wednesday evening.

Wine in grocery stores

The bill that will give localities the option to put wine in grocery stores will hit the governor's desk Thursday.

Governor Haslam plans to sign the bill at a ceremony in Nashville.

Retail food stores can begin selling wine by 2016 if voters approve a referendum.

The law would also allow retail liquor stores to sell an expanded list of items, including cups, ice, cigarettes, and snacks beginning in July 2014.

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