WJHL.com - Bill to make cock fighting a felony fails in Tennessee Senate

Bill to make cock fighting a felony fails in Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate sponsor of legislation to make cock fighting a felony says he believes his bill failed Monday evening because of strong support for the practice in rural parts of Tennessee.
    
The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro received a vote of 15-8, short of the 17 votes needed to receive a majority.
    
Under the bill, a first offense for cock fighting would have remained a misdemeanor. But a second offense would be considered a felony punishable by six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.
    
"You eliminate bingo in churches ... and it's OK to turn a blind eye to this?" Ketron told reporters after the vote. "These guys get all riled up out in these rural areas, and they start calling and putting pressure on their members, and it scares them. Are you a cock or are you a chicken?"
    
Opponents of the legislation say it didn't specifically say that raising such chickens would not be a crime and could cause problems for farmers and others in the poultry business.
    
"There's a lot of concern about this bill in the agriculture community," said Sen. Charlotte Burks, a Monterey Democrat who owns a farm. "Our farmers have to be careful."
    
Ketron said he's not sure if he'll try again next year.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Get breaking news, weather & more in your inbox!

    News Channel 11 is always in your corner. Get the latest breaking news updates, newsletters and weather alerts in your inbox! We also offer newsletters on the latest deals and events in our area. 

    * denotes required fields



    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Former library foundation director accused of making $20k worth of personal charges recently worked for another charity

    Former library foundation director accused of making $20k worth of personal charges recently worked for another charity

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:35:33 GMT
    Less than 48 hours after police charged the former executive director of the Bristol Public Library Foundation with embezzlement, we're learning she spent the last year doing charitable work at another organization. Bristol, Va., detectives previously said during Anita Foster-Machado's employment with the library foundation she made roughly $20,000 worth of charges to the library foundation's credit card for personal items like clothing, jewelry and make-up over a several year period. The...
    Less than 48 hours after police charged the former executive director of the Bristol Public Library Foundation with embezzlement, we're learning she spent the last year doing charitable work at another organization. Bristol, Va., detectives previously said during Anita Foster-Machado's employment with the library foundation she made roughly $20,000 worth of charges to the library foundation's credit card for personal items like clothing, jewelry and make-up over a several year period. The...
  • Ukraine: Russia's convoy a set-up for provocation

    Ukraine: Russia's convoy a set-up for provocation

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:15:17 GMT
    Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.
    Russia sent over 130 aid trucks rolling into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying it had lost patience with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a...
  • Storm Team 11 Weather: Hot and Humid with Late Day Storms

    Storm Team 11 Weather: Hot and Humid with Late Day Storms

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:05:38 GMT

    Late Day Storms

    Hot and Humid

Powered by WorldNow

338 E Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

Telephone: 423.926.2151
Fax: 423.926.9080
Email: news@wjhl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.