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Tennessee bill would require defendants convicted of killing a parent to pay victims’ children

Tennessee lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require defendants convicted of certain violent crimes who kill a parent to pay restitution until the child victim reaches adulthood.

SB2878/HB2960 is sponsored by Democratic Senator Sarah Kyle and Representative GA Hardaway in their respective chambers.

The bill would create new monetary penalties for those convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and aggravated vehicular homicide.

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SB2878/HB2960 is sponsored by Senator Sarah Kyle and Representative GA Hardaway in their respective chambers. (Getty Images)

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If the defendant is convicted of any of these crimes and the victim has children, “it shall pay restitution in the form of child support to each of the victim’s children until each child reaches the age of 18 and graduates.” You will be ordered to do so. From high school or the child’s class. ”

If passed, the bill would go into effect in July.

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