Tennessee lawmakers propose bill banning animal abusers from owning pets

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee lawmakers proposed a bill that would prevent people convicted of animal abuse from owning pets.

Representative Darren Jernigan file the bill Tuesday during the first legislative session of 2020.

The proposed bill would amend Tennessee laws in order to prevent anyone "convicted of animal of certain offenses against animals from owning any companion animal for at least two years from the date of conviction."

In November, President Donald Trump signed a bill that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony.