The bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Bud Hulsey, R-Kingsport.
A conviction for voluntary manslaughter, a Class C felony, currently carries a jail sentence of three to six years, according to the state’s Fiscal Review Committee.
Under Hulsey’s bill, voluntary manslaughter would be upgraded to a Class B felony with an eight to 12 year jail term. Our partners at the Times News have more.