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Enhances Privacy Protections for Student Data (SB 2029 / HB 2690)

As introduced, this bill creates additional privacy protections for students’ education and health records; prohibits the release of student records in certain circumstances without parents’ informed written consent.

Bill Analysis

The bill as drafted would require the prior informed written consent of a parent before a student participates in a personal analysis, survey, or evaluation that could reveal personal information and/or beliefs as well as the right to see whatever instruments would be used in the survey. It also details the information that must be provided to the parent in making the informed consent and places other safeguards to protect personally identifiable information of students. As amended the bill will require the local education agency to notify parents before a child is subjected to a mental health evaluation

Bill Sponsors

Green in the Senate
Weaver in the House

Bill Status

Signed by the Governor on 5/3/18, Public Chapter 910.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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20-Week Abortion Ban Bill (SB 766/ HB 101)

BILL SUMMARY

Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks with exceptions for the life and health of the mother.

BILL ANALYSIS

Sixteen states currently ban abortion after 20 weeks. It is questionable whether this would survive a constitutional challenge under existing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, as states can ban abortion after “viability” which, legally, is considered to occur at 24 weeks.

Passage of the bill could result in a lawsuit that would reach the U.S. Supreme Court and provide a context in which Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

BILL SPONSORS

Beavers in the Senate, Weaver in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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Insemination Statute Repeal (SB 1153 / HB 1406)

BILL SUMMARY

Also known as the Insemination Statute Repeal, this bill repeals the statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with the consent of the married woman’s husband, to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife.

BILL ANALYSIS

This statute is unnecessary because the Tennessee Code already provides for a presumption of paternity when a child is born to a married husband and wife. In addition, the state’s attorney general has said that the law is unconstitutional after Obergefell v. Hodges. This statute is being used by private litigants as a legal basis for arguing that it is now unconstitutional for the state to define motherhood and fatherhood in relation to biological considerations and procreation.

BILL SPONSORS

Hensley in the Senate, Weaver in the House

TRACK THIS BILL

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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