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State lawmakers on Monday debate abortion, guns and pandemic restrictions

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(Mike Osborne) — Several closely watched bills are scheduled for debate in the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Legislation that would prevent government officials from closing churches during a health crisis, like the current pandemic, will get a final vote Monday evening in the state Senate. The measure passed the House back in February.

A House committee will consider making it illegal to receive abortion inducing drugs by mail Monday morning. The bill would require medical abortions be supervised by a physician.

A third measure would allow permit holders as young as 18 carry a gun openly or concealed. The bill gets a final vote in the House Monday afternoon.