Bill Restricting Subpoena Power for Community Oversight Boards Passes the Senate

A bill placing restrictions on civilian-led police oversight boards in Tennessee has advanced in a Senate committee, though with an amendment allowing a process for obtaining subpoenas, The Tennessean reports. The legislation initially removed all subpoena power from community oversight boards, such as the newly-created Nashville board, which was approved by 59 percent of voters in November. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, filed the amendment after consulting with officials in Knoxville. Bell's amendment would allow an independent investigator employed by a community oversight board, chief of police or head of a police department's internal affairs division to file a petition with a judge to issue a subpoena.
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