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Information to be Provided Prior to Abortion (SB 2365 / HB 1746)

Requires that certain information regarding the physician who will perform an abortion be provided to the woman prior to an abortion.

Bill Analysis

Current law requires that a woman seeking an abortion must be provided with certain information and notice prior to the abortion being performed. This bill would require that notice to include information about the physician performing the abortion, such as:

  • The name of the physician;
  • Whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the physician;
  • Whether the physician has lost clinical privileges at an area hospital, and if so, the name of the hospital; and
  • Whether the physician has medical malpractice insurance.

Bill Sponsors

Crowe in the Senate
Hill, M. in the House

Bill Status

Passed by the House Health Committee. No action taken in the Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Use of State Family Planning Funding (SB 2148 / HB 2251)

Seeks to ensure that entities that promote or support elective abortions do not benefit directly or indirectly from state funding.

Bill Analysis

According to the Department of Finance and Administration almost $1 million in state funding over the last five years went to entities such as Planned Parenthood that perform elective abortions. The funding in question is in the form of family planning grants from the federal government. The federal rules do not exclude abortion providers from receiving the grants, therefore the bill directs the commissioner of F&A to submit a request for a waiver to exclude such entities in the distribution of those funds. While such waivers were not approved by the Obama administration, there is some hope that the Trump administration would take a different approach.

Bill Sponsors

Bell in the Senate
Matlock in the House

Bill Status

Signed by the Governor, Public Chapter 682.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Fetal Heartbeat Detection (SB 1961 / HB 1892)

Prohibits abortions from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected; requires fetal heartbeat testing prior to an abortion; creates exceptions.

Bill Analysis

This bill as drafted is virtually identical to the original language of SB 244/HB 108. However, as discussed above, SB 244 was amended in a House subcommittee because there was insufficient support to pass the bill as drafted. It would be expected that this bill will also not have the support for passage as written.

Bill Sponsors

Pody in the Senate
Van Huss in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Gender Identity Added as a Factor in Determining Hate Crime (SB 1943 / HB 1982)

Adds gender identity to the list of victim characteristics which should be considered as an enhancement factor in sentencing.

Bill Analysis

Currently, a person’s criminal sentence can be enhanced if it is determined that the person intentionally committed a crime against another because the victim exhibited one of a number of characteristics. These characteristics include, among others, the victim’s “race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender.” This bill would add “gender identity” to the list.

Bill Sponsors

Kyle in the Senate
Jones in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Establishes Horse Racing Commission – Final Step (SB 1908 / HB 2109)

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. Virtually identical to SB 346.

Bill Sponsors

Niceley in the Senate
Tillis in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill