There is a bill before state legislators right now that would keep foster children in their current school when they move to a new home, even though that new home may be in a different district. This bill would help children who are not in a stable home or environment. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Executive Director Susan Maguigan stated (SB0496, HB0243)…
CASA volunteers are appointed and sworn in by a judge to speak for a child who would otherwise not be heard.
There is a second bill being proposed that would directly help the CASA program. Senate Bill 0847 would increase the fine for not wearing a seatbelt. The bill is being sponsored by Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro). The new proposal would increase the fine from $10 to $50 and CASA would receive a portion of that money from each fine paid. Money would also be earmarked for the Exchange Club Family Centers and the Division of Vocational Rehab. The House version of the bill failed in the Transportation Committee on Tuesday and the Senate Bill was recommended for passage.
Susan Maguigan (Pronounced: Muck-Gweg-en)
Tennessee Legislation – SB0847
SB 0496 by *Gresham, Ford. (HB 0243 by *DeBerry J.)