Tennessee lawmakers proposed legislation that would require defendants convicted of certain violent crimes in which a parent died to pay the victim’s children until they become adults.

SB2878/HB2960 is sponsored by Senator Sara Kyle and Representative GA Hardaway, both Democrats, in their respective chambers.

The legislation would create a new financial penalty for those convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and aggravated vehicular manslaughter.

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SB2878/HB2960 is sponsored by Senator Sara Kyle and Representative GA Hardaway in their respective chambers. (Getty Images)

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If a defendant is convicted of one of those charges and his victim has children, he will be ordered to “pay restitution in the form of support to each of the victim’s children until each child turns eighteen (18) years of age and is have graduated.” of the secondary school or class to which the child belongs.”

The bill would go into effect in July if passed.

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