Committee passes amendment that allows COB to retain some subpoena power

Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 17:33:50-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A joint committee of state house and senate members compromised over two versions of a controversial bill to regulate police oversight boards in Tennessee.

A house bill, sponsored by State Representative Michael Curcio, would've allowed no subpoena power for oversight boards in the state. However, its state senate equivalent did allow subpoena power in some cases.

After an hour of debate in the conference committee, members eventually decided on a compromise that allowed oversight boards to subpoena for witnesses and evidence through local city councils.

Now, the amended version of the bill will be voted on in both the house and the senate.