THE GABBY ACT

The Gabby Act was introduced into the Tennessee state legislature in early 2021. 

This bill was authored by our team, written in honor of Gabby and Kristina.

This bill creates a domestic violence and child abuse task force of the Tennessee bureau of investigation (TBI). The TBI must cover the costs of developing and implementing the task force by utilizing existing resources. The task force:

(1) Is authorized to investigate matters pertaining to: domestic abuse, domestic assault, child abuse and child neglect or endangerment, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect and endangerment, and child sexual abuse; and

(2) Must assist local law enforcement agencies upon request regarding a case involving offenses described in item (1) above by setting deadlines for the local law enforcement agency, providing resources and surveillance, and conducting additional witness interviews.

This bill requires a local law enforcement agency to request assistance from the task force on a case involving offenses described in item (1) above if an arrest warrant issued in relation to the case cannot be served within 72 hours or a search warrant issued in relation to the case cannot be served within five days. The local law enforcement agency must make available to the task force documentation and evidence related to the case, including the identities and locations of witnesses or involved parties.

If the task force assists with a case pursuant to this bill, then the local law enforcement agency must create, in coordination with the task force, a reasonable, accurate, confidential, and available source of information for the victim. The local law enforcement agency may also recommend or provide resources to the victim as deemed necessary and must cover the cost of implementing this bill by utilizing existing resources.

THE GABBY ACT

LATEST UPDATES: 

Passed on Second Consideration, referred to Senate Government Operations Committee on 02/03/2022