Community Oversight Board bill passes by overwhelming majority in the House

Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 18:38:25-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A bill that aims to alter the powers of Community Oversight Boards passed in the House by an overwhelming majority on Thursday.

The vote was 66-26.

The purpose of this bill is to make so that members of COBs would have to fit certain criteria both prior to being a member of the board, as well as after.

For example, the bill requires that every board member be a registered voter.

Additionally, members would not be able to issue subpoenas for documents or compel witness testimonies. And they will have to submit a "year in review" report to the chairs of the Judiciary Committee in both the House and the Senate.

The bill will now move onto the Senate where another vote will be taken. The date of the vote has not yet been set.