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VOL. 37 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 22, 2013

Bill to give lawmakers security clearance fails

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to give security clearance to certain lawmakers is dead this session.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Rick Womick of Murfreesboro failed on a voice vote in the House State Government Subcommittee on Tuesday.

The legislation would have allowed the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to give clearance to no more than 10 members during a General Assembly.

Under the proposal, the lawmakers would have access to briefings on certain national and state security information on the same level as the governor and speakers of the House and Senate.

Womick referenced the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in trying to make a case for his legislation. The former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot is also an airline pilot, who was flying a commercial airline the morning of the attacks.