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Sen. Joey Hensley gives a legislative update each week.

The 112th General Assembly has announced for 2022, and it was a very successful year. We have taken measures for Tennessee to be a better place to live, work and raise a family. I will go over the laws passed this session over the next few weeks.

Removing roadblocks to obtain a Commercial Driver License –To help alleviate the shortage of truck drivers in Tennessee, a new law expands eligibility for Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs) and creates a program within the Department of Safety to enable qualifying incarcerated individuals who will return to society to receive a CDL prior to or after their release.

It lowers the minimum age from 21 years old to 18 years old for people who can qualify for a CDL to drive in Tennessee. In addition, the law increases the resources and staff for the Department of Safety to allow for a quicker turnaround time for scheduling a commercial driving skills tests and will expand options for third party partners to conduct more commercial driving skills tests on the department’s behalf.

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