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Horse Racing Commission (SB 346 / HB 814)

BILL SUMMARY

Establishes the Tennessee Horse Racing Commission to regulate horse racing and wagering in Tennessee.

BILL ANALYSIS

This bill is the final step toward full legalization of horse racing and gambling on those races in Tennessee.

BILL SPONSORS

Niceley in the Senate, Lovell in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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Cannabidiol Excluded From Marijuana Definition (SB 385 / HB 694)

BILL SUMMARY

Excludes cannabidiol products approved as prescription medication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from the statutory definition of marijuana.

BILL ANALYSIS

Cannabidiol, by definition, is an extract from the cannabis plant that does not contain THC, the property in cannabis that causes a “high.” Typically, it is dispensed in an oil form and can be used to help treat seizures and other medical conditions

BILL SPONSORS

Massey in the Senate, Williams in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

Signed into law as Public Chapter 120.

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Political Involvement of Churches (SB 403 / HB 609)

BILL SUMMARY

Exempts churches and religious organizations from the requirements applicable to Political Action Committees (PACs) when spending funds in favor or opposition to ballot measures related to morality, such as alcohol, drugs, abortion, marriage, or gambling.

BILL ANALYSIS

Important bill to preserve the ability of a church to inform its community about issues related to biblical teaching without having to worry about being fined for violation of the state’s campaign finance laws.

BILL SPONSORS

Gresham in the Senate, Gant in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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Business Protection Act (SB 127 / HB 54)

The vote board in the Tennessee Senate on March 9, 2016.

BILL SUMMARY

Also known as the Business Protection Act, this bill prohibits discriminatory action by state and local government officials against businesses on the basis of the business’ internal personnel policies, provided they are in compliance with state and federal law.

BILL ANALYSIS

It prohibits a local government or a “rogue” state or local official from conditioning contracts or bids or other business with private entities on whether they hold specific internal policies beyond what state law requires.

BILL SPONSORS

Green in the Senate, Zachary in the House

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BILL STATUS

Passed Senate 25-5-3. No action taken in the House.

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Assisted Suicide Bill (SB 1378 / HB 1394)

BILL SUMMARY

Also known as the Assisted Suicide Bill, it allows for an adult suffering from a terminal disease to make a written request for life-ending medication.

BILL ANALYSIS

Raises a whole host of spiritual, legal, and ethical issues. If passed, this bill could have enormous impact as to Tennessee’s policy (as a state) on the intrinsic value of life.

BILL SPONSORS

Tate in the Senate, Wirgau in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.