The Latest on Legislative Action This Week and Next

This week HB 77 by Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough), known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” passed out of the House Health Committee on a 15-4 party line vote and is now scheduled to be heard by the full House on Thursday.

Additionally, the House Business Subcommittee recommended HB 563 by Rep. Jason Zackary (R-Knoxville) for passage. It will ensure that businesses are not disadvantaged in bidding on contracts or receiving benefits from a state or local government entity by either going beyond or only conforming to state law regarding minimum wages, employee civil right protections, employee health care coverage, or family leave policies. This bill will be heard by the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

Of the three gambling related bills covered last week, only one cleared the subcommittee process. HB 1 by Rep. Rick Staples (D-Knoxville) that would authorize sports wagering was amended and recommended for passage by the House Departments and Agencies Subcommittee. It was referred to the House State Committee, but has not yet been set for a hearing.

Among other bills scheduled to be heard next week are the following:

  • HB 1152 by Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) provides conscience protection for child-placing agencies exercising sincerely held religious beliefs. It will be heard by the House Children and Families Subcommittee.
  • HB 1151 by Rep. Ragan applies the criminal standards on indecent exposure to actions taken in a single-sex facility where the offender is a member of the opposite sex than the sex the facility is designated for use. It will be heard by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
  • SJR 1 to amend the constitution relative to the appointment of the attorney general, having passed the Senate, will be heard by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

You can read more about these and 25 other bills that we thought you might find of interest and track their current status through the bill tracking section of our website.

Will Burns is FACT’s Public Policy Director.

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