Knoxville — "I think it's moving slower than usual," Sen. Amy Sinclair said. Sinclair was in Knoxville today and stopped to visit students at Northward Elementary. In the Senate thus far, she has cosponsored many bills. She filed the first bill of her own last week, which would allow local law enforcement to keep ammunition it seizes from criminals to be used for training and other purposes. Currently, the ammo is required to be sent to, and repurchased from, the state. This bill is one step to provide more local control, Sinclair said. Education remains an issue that occupies her time. The Senate may receive an education reform bill from the House. The other big issue, Medicaid expansion, is one she has not formed an opinion on. She has spoken with health care professionals, and plans to meet with more, before taking a stand. "I want to make sure I have all the facts," Sinclair said. Sinclair has worked to support legislation that coincides with her campaign.She will take part in a forum in Knoxville on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.
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