TN Senate Bill 403 / TN House Bill 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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TN Senate Bill 127 / TN House Bill 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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