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Let Legislators Know Your Position on the School Protection Act

The School Protection Act, SB 1499 by Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and HB 1274 by Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden), continued to make progress through the legislature this week. The bill would provide local schools with a legal defense from the state if they are sued for having a locker room and bathroom policy that respects the bodily privacy of biological boys and girls. Sen. Hensley got the bill passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, while Rep. Holt shepherded the House bill through two key funding committees. The Senate will take action on the bill on Tuesday, while the House Calendar and Rules Committee will determine on Monday which day next week it will come before the full House.

We want to encourage you to contact your state representative and senator by calling or emailing to let him or her know your position on SB 1499, the School Protection Act. It is a simple process to contact your legislators and takes less than five minutes. You can click here for a list of state representatives and click here for a list of Senate members. On each page, click on the name of your representative or senator and you will be taken to a page with their contact information. If you don’t know who your legislators are, there is a place on both the House and Senate page that will allow you to identify them by entering your address. Amazon and a number of other businesses are making a push to persuade Tennessee legislators to vote against this bill and other legislation. Do not let these businesses drown out your voice.

Human Life Protection Bill

Another bill of significant interest, the Human Life Protection Bill, otherwise known as the “Trigger Bill,” passed in both the House and Senate on Monday. The bill provides that if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade, then virtually all abortions in Tennessee would be illegal. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet), now goes to the governor for his signature.

Online Sports Gambling

The bills to authorize online sports gambling continue to make progress. HB 1 by Rep. Rick Staples (D-Knoxville) passed the House on Wednesday while the Senate companion bill, SB 16 by Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville), also passed out of the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee on Wednesday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill on Tuesday.

Adoption and Foster Care Placement Agencies

In addition to passing the School Protection Act this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 1304 by Sen. Paul Rose (R-Covington), which would provide protection for child-placing adoption and foster care agencies from some types of legal actions if they choose not to place children in homes with a same-sex couple based on their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. It does not protect them from lawsuits that claim the agency’s policy violates their constitutional rights. It will be heard by the full Senate on Tuesday. The House companion bill, HB 836 by Rep. Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro), has previously passed the House.

Both the House and Senate continue to move toward adjournment. The House passed its budget on Wednesday and the Senate is expected to follow suit next week.

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Will Burns is FACT’s Public Policy Director.

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  1. Robert Moore
    Robert Moore says:

    Why Is no one dealing with the source of most of the problems we have in this country? Every year the liberal colleges crank out more CLONES of the corrupt professors and release them on the unsuspecting public where they work their way to the top of businesses and organizations where they wreak havoc upon our nation. They use their enormous incomes, power and influence to try and influence the public and the politicians. Their goal is to get rid of all things Christian, including the Bible; and to make our nation into a heathen nation.
    In their mind, only their OPINION counts on every issue; and anyone who disagrees with them or offers a different opinion is a bigot, homophobe, raciest, red-neck, uneducated hillbilly, moron or any number of other demeaning names to try and belittle you and make others believe that your opinion is worthless. This is true on every issue, such as abortion, homosexual marriage, gun rights, border control and every other issue that is dividing this nation; only their opinion is the correct one. The name calling is meant to shut you up.
    When is someone or some organization with the money and political clout going to do something about this? When will they see that these professors are the ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, and do something about it? When will they decide to NIP IT IN THE BUD? Until those liberal professors are replaced, the problems that divide us is never going to get any better, they will only get worse. Why is the Republican party not dealing with this? Maybe too many of them were also educated by those same liberal professors.
    Trying to undo the damage done to our college children by those liberal college professors and administrators will have little success once the kids have become brainwashed. How did our colleges get to that point where 75 to 95% of the teachers are liberal and corrupt? The liberal bias is showing up in our schools also, and why not, just who do you think educated our school teachers. Do you see where this leads?
    Just think of any group of people who are espousing a liberal take on the issues and ask yourself, “where were they educated”. Like that liberal crowd in Hollywood who make our liberal slanted movies and TV shows; or the corrupt politicians, law makers and judges in all branches of government, where were they educated? How about those liberal news organizations who don’t just report the unadulterated news but instead slant the news reports against conservatives and in favor of liberals, at whose feet were they educated? What about those “RENT-A-MOBS (paid for by George Soros) that always march in the streets, protest and vandalize where do you suppose they were educated? THIS PROBLEM HAS TO BE DEALT WITH IF WE ARE GOING TO SAVE THIS NATION.
    Regards, Robert Moore

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