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Find out what’s going on at the Tennessee General Assembly during the legislative session by following this new blog from FACT Director of Public Policy Will Burns.

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School Protection Act and Business Protection Act Gain Traction

There was a lot of activity this week as most of the House committees and subcommittees have completed their business and several of the Senate committees are closing as well. However, there is still much left to be done. This week the medical marijuana bills were officially deferred until 2020, while committees in both the […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee Slated to Discuss Bills About Unborn on April 9

As reported last week, two Family Action of Tennessee initiatives were scheduled to be heard by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee this week. The initiatives met with mixed results. The good news is that HB 1274 by Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) was recommended for passage by a voice vote and it will move on to […]

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School Protection Act Slated for House Civil Justice Subcommittee Next Week

We expect next week to be quite busy as two bills initiated by Family Action of Tennessee are set to be heard by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. The first is HB 194 by Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville). It was originally scheduled to be heard this week, but it was deferred for one week to […]

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Business Protection Act Passes Full House

We are pleased to report that the full House approved our Business Protection Act (House Bill 563) on Thursday by a vote of 68-22 and we are grateful to Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) for his leadership in shepherding this bill through the House. We anticipate it will begin moving in the Senate in a couple […]

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Business Protection Act Delayed in House

The General Assembly is moving rapidly this session with some House subcommittees already closing. While the most optimistic projection is that the legislature will remain in session for another seven to eight weeks, it is moving at an efficient pace. That does not mean that everything moves quickly as a couple of items that were […]

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Business Protection Act Scheduled for Full House Next Thursday

There was legislative activity this week in addition to the heartbeat bill discussed in today’s blog post. Specifically, the Business Protection Act, House Bill 563, by Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) passed out of the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday. It is now scheduled to be heard by the full House on Thursday. On Wednesday, the […]

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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 […]

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And the ‘Beat’ Goes On

The House Public Health Subcommittee recommended passage of the “Heartbeat Bill,” House Bill 77, by Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City). It will prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill will be heard in the full House Health Committee on Tuesday. The subcommittee was also expected to hear House Bill 1029 […]

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Three Key Bills and Their Sponsors

By the end of the week, as the policy director for Family Action of Tennessee, FACT’s legislative arm, I had met with all but two of the 31 new members of the General Assembly and the key leadership in both the House and Senate. Many of the new members I had not met during the […]

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Watching Key Bills From the Thousands Filed

The deadline to file bills in both the House and Senate has now passed. Some 1,499 bills were filed in the House and 1,508 were filed in the Senate. We intend to have each of those bills reviewed by the end of the day to identify those that we will track. As in past years, […]

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