Legislative Update, February 12, 2022
Tennessee General Assembly information, click HERE. For information on State Senators, including phone numbers and email addresses, click HERE; for House members, click HERE. For information on legislation, click HERE.
Don't forget that you can now watch the Senate committee meetings and floor sessions online by going HERE; House committee meetings and floor sessions online HERE.
Phone calls can go to the legislative Switchboard at 615-741-3011 or to the Toll Free number 1-800-449-8366+1 last four digits of office phone number (available online).
FOR YOUR PRAYER LIST:
Barbara Pody, wife of Senator Mark Pody, lost her father a few days ago. You will want to remember this family. I understand that Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has Covid so you will certainly want to pray for him. And do pray for the legislative session as the pace picks up and more bills are moving through the committee system.
ARTICLE V CONVENTION FOR TERM LIMITS:
HJR 0008 by *Todd , Eldridge, Mannis, Garrett, Zachary, Doggett, Calfee, Williams, Ogles, Bricken, Hurt
Constitutional Conventions - Makes application to Congress for the purpose of calling an Article V convention to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to set a limit on the number of terms to which a person may be elected as a member of the Congress of the United States.
STATUS: You may recall, unfortunately, that on April 8, 2021, HJR0008 passed the House 53-34-4.
On April 12, 2021, it was sent to Senate Finance, Ways & Means. On January 11, 2022, it was recalled from FW&M, and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee where it is on the Calendar for Tuesday, the 15th.
PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION BELOW:
ACTION: Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to OPPOSE HRJ0008:
Sen. Mike Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Dawn White email@example.com
Sen. Paul Rose firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Jon Lundberg email@example.com
Sen. Kerry Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. John Stevens email@example.com
Sen. Todd Gardenhire firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Sara Kyle email@example.com
BOTTOM LINE: We have term limits, they are called elections and we should concentrate on electing congressional candidates that will actually follow the Constitution and not support an Article V Convention, not knowing exactly how that would come out.
EMPLOYER VACCINATION POLICY:
SB 1823 by *Johnson - HB 1867 by *Zachary
Employees, Employers - As introduced, requires an employer with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to grant an exemption to the policy to any person who provides a medical reason supported by a statement from a licensed healthcare practitioner or a religious reason, and makes other related changes; specifies that a healthcare practitioner that provides such a statement is acting within the practitioner's scope of practice, immune from civil liability, and protected from disciplinary action by a health-related board.
You can go to THIS LINK, click on SUMMARY to see exactly what the bill does.
ACTION: It seems to have support but you will want to click on the committee links, then on the member pictures and add your voice of support.
SB 1973 by *Kyle - HB 1634 by *Griffey
Election Laws - As introduced, requires county election commissions to include three non-binding questions related to the legalization of marijuana on the November 2022 ballot; requires the secretary of state to compile the results of the public policy opinion poll and forward the results to the members of the general assembly. - Amends TCA Title 2.
NOTE: We could not be more OPPOSED to a piece of legislation. Supporters of legalizing marijuana will use every step a state takes to achieve their ultimate goal. Putting this on the ballot moves our state away from a true Constitutional Republic toward a Democracy. We are NOT an Initiative and Referendum state and we want to keep it that way. If this bill passes, expect national marijuana supporters to pour money and time into the state to get these numbers as high as possible so they can use them to come back to the General Assembly and demand that the laws be changed to help them be successful.
STATUS: HB1632 is in the Elections & Campaign Finance Subcommittee on Wednesday.
Please click on the link about and urge the members of this committee to OPPOSE this legislation.
SEPARATING STUDENTS FROM ABORTION PROVIDERS:
SB 2158 by *Hensley - HB 2557 by *Moody
Education - As introduced, prohibits an LEA or public charter school from knowingly entering into an agreement with an individual or entity that performs abortions, induces abortions, provides abortion referrals, or provides funding, advocacy, or other support for abortions.
STATUS: HB2557 is on the K-12 Subcommittee calendar on Tuesday.
ACTION: Please click on the committee link, then the member pictures and urge them to support this legislation.
PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM MUTILATING SURGERY:
SB 0657 by *Bowling - HB 0578 by *Ragan , WEAVER
Children - As introduced, prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to prepubescent minors; prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to minors who have entered puberty unless a parent or guardian has written recommendations for the therapy from at least three physicians; punishes violations as child abuse; designates violations by healthcare professionals as professional misconduct.
STATUS: HB578 was heard favorably in committee but because it had been on the calendar a number of times, the rule is to defer it to a Special Calendar to be Published with Final Calendar in Health Committee.
PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
SB 1837 by *Hensley - HB 1694 by *Casada
Religion and Religious Organizations - As introduced, prohibits the state, a political subdivision, or a public official from prohibiting, or imposing additional restrictions on, the lawful operations of a church or religious organization, including religious services or activities, during a state of emergency, major disaster, or natural disaster. - Amends TCA Title 58.
STATUS: HB1694 has been well received and is on the House floor on Monday where it is expected to pass,
ARTICLES OF INTEREST:
Secretary of State’s Office Warns of New ‘Certificate of Good Standing’ Scam Targeting Tennessee Businesses .
January State Tax Revenues Exceeded Budgeted Estimates, per Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration .
General Assembly confirms new Tennessee Supreme Court Justice
Members of the General Assembly confirmed the appointment of Sarah K. Campbell to the Tennessee Supreme Court in a joint session in the House Chamber on Thursday.
Sarah K. Campbell most recently served as Tennessee’s Associate Solicitor General and Special Assistant to the Attorney General. In that role, she represented the state before the Tennessee Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. She previously worked for Williams and Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., she clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
The vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench was created when Justice Cornelia Clark died in September. The General Assembly is required to confirm appointments for Supreme Court Justices per an amendment added to the state constitution in 2014. Justices are retained through a “yes” or “no” election every eight years.
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