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Business Protection Act (SB 127 / HB 54)

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

Bill Status

Passed in Senate. No action taken in the House.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Prohibits Social-Emotional Learning Standards (SB 4 / HB 357)

Prohibits the state board of education from adopting or providing standards or competencies for social and emotional learning (SEL).

Bill Analysis

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process by which students are taught to apply their knowledge in social, emotional, and relational contexts.

Last summer, Tennessee joined a national pilot program (CASEL) implementing SEL standards but was forced to withdraw following concerns from citizens and legislators.

This bill would prohibit the state from introducing or requiring SEL. It does not address whether local school districts can choose to implement SEL.

Bill Sponsors

Gresham in the Senate
Dunn in the House

Bill Status

No action in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill