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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 15, 2019
State Rep. Joe Towns is renewing legislation to eliminate slavery and involuntary servitude from the Tennessee Constitution, The Daily Memphian reports. The Memphis Democrat said he was “shocked” a few years ago when he found out slavery still exists in Article I Section 33 of the state Constitution, which tracks the U.S. 13th Amendment and narrows the category of slaves to those convicted of a crime. Towns passed a similar resolution 95-0 on the House floor in 2018, but the measure’s Senate companion failed to start moving in that chamber soon enough to be considered before the Legislature adjourned.