SOME OF OUR SUCCESSES
Some of the Successes of Tennessee Eagle Forum through the years
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION 2020:
HJR 0809 by *Keisling
Constitutional Conventions - Requests the United States Congress to convene an Article V Convention for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would restore the public's trust in our representative government by reforming our campaign finance system
STATUS: Well, I could not be happier to report that when HJR809 was presented again on the House floor Monday night it was resoundingly DEFEATED 14-77-5. Our hard work paid off. Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver again spoke eloquently against the resolution. Rep.Rick Tillis made some very cogent points: "What is the plan? House could be unleashing something they would not be around to see. Putting the train on a track with no final destination."
STRENGTHENING TN'S FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PROHIBITIONS 2019:
SB 1166 by *Hensley (HB 1364) by *Weaver,
Criminal Offenses - As introduced, rewrites the criminal offense of female genital mutilation; extends the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions or civil actions for female genital mutilation
House floor 90-2-2, Senate floor 33-0.
ANTI-SANCTUARY CITY BILL 2018:
SB 2332 by * Green HB 2315 by *Reedy
Immigration - As introduced, prohibits state and local governmental entities and officials from adopting sanctuary policies; provides that violations subject entities to ineligibility of state moneys; allows law enforcement agencies to enter into memorandums of agreement with federal officials concerning enforcement of federal immigration laws. House Floor 64-23, Senate floor, Senate floor 27-5. Governor refused to sign and it became law without his signature.
NO MUNICIPAL IDs 2018:
SB 2333 by *Green HB 2312 by *Lamberth
Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 2312 / Senate Bill No. 2333
The House and Senate Conference Committee appointed pursuant to motions to
resolve the differences between the two houses on House Bill No. 2312 (Senate Bill No. 2333)
has met and recommends that all amendments be deleted. The Committee further recommends that the following amendment be adopted:
by deleting all language after the enacting clause and substituting instead the following:
SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 8, Chapter 50, Part 1, is amended by
adding the following new section:
(a) An official or employee of this state or any political subdivision of this state
shall not accept an identification document issued or created by any person,
organization, county, city, or other local authority to determine a person's citizenship,
immigration status, or residency, except where expressly authorized to be used for
identification purposes by the general assembly or by federal law.
(b) A local government or law enforcement agency shall not authorize, by policy,
resolution, or ordinance, the use of any document described in subsection (a) as a form
of identification to be used to determine the citizenship, immigration status, or residency
of any person. Any local government or law enforcement policy, resolution, or ordinance
that conflicts with this section is unenforceable and must be repealed or rescinded by
the appropriate authority. House 69-9-1; Senate 25-3
INFORMED CONSENT AND WAITING PERIOD FOR ABORTION 2015:
SB 1222 by *Beavers (HB 0977) by *Hill M
Abortion - As introduced, revises provisions governing reports a physician who performs an abortion is required to keep to specify that such records must be maintained for five years; clarifies that the requirement applies to any abortion procedure instead of just "operations." The bill is now made up of this language: Amendment 1 and Amendment 2.
Passed in the Senate 27-5; Passed in the House 79-18.
RECOVERING DAMAGES FROM TERRORIST ACTS (ANDY'S LAW) 2015:
SB 0180 by *Ketron , Bowling, Tate,(HB 0935) by *Matheny
Forfeiture of Assets - this bill authorized the seizure and forfeiture of property involved in the commission or terrorism offenses and creates a private cause of action for victims of terrorism to sue the offender.
"Andy's Law" in honor of U.S. Army Pvt. William "Andy" Long of Conway [right], who was shot and killed outside a west Little Rock recruiting center in 2009. Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded in the shooting rampage.
Passed the Senate 30-1, Passed the House 78-3
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON ABORTION 2011
Played a significant role in getting this Amendment to the Constitution passed.
Constitutional Amendments - Proposes new provision to Article I to provide that nothing in Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion; states that the people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother
Became part of the TN Constitution with voter approval in 2014.
“MATERIAL SUPPORT TO DESIGNATED ENTITIES OF 2011:
· the intent of the bill all along has been to close the prevention gap of the 2002 “Tennessee Terrorism Prevention Act” which was passed shortly after 9/11.
eliminates designation of terrorist entities by the state authorities and instead, defers to designations made by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Department of the Treasury.
updates several of the definitions including the definition of “material support” to be consistent with the federal statute and the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases.
adds the “material support to designated entities” violation into the existing statute. This recognizes the entities designated by the federal authorities and operates to cut off the very types of support that typically enable others to carry out planned acts of terrorism.
makes both types of material support violations Class A felonies (the current statute is only a Class B felony).
REFUGEE ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY ACT 2011:
Purpose of the bill:
· to help close the communication gap inadvertently created when the State of Tennessee enlisted a NGO to administrate the state’s refugee resettlement program
· to identify and define the objective factors that constitute “absorptive capacity”, the local resources necessary to support refugee resettlement in a host community
· clarifies that “local government” includes the elected officials of potential host communities
TENNESSEE LAW FOR TENNESSEE COURTS 2010:
As amended and passed, it is the public policy of this state that the primary factor a court, administrative agency, arbitrator, mediator, or other entity or person acting under the authority of state law may consider in granting comity to a decision rendered under any foreign law, legal code, or system against a natural person in this state is whether the decision rendered either violated or would violate any right of the natural person of this state guaranteed by the Tennessee Constitution or the United States Constitution or any statute or decision under those constitutions.
TENNESSEE WAS THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO PASS SUCH A LAW. It has now been introduced in over 20 states and has passed in several states.
PROTECTING FREE SPEECH FOR TENNESSEANS 2010:
As amended and passed, this bill provides that no foreign defamation judgment will be authenticated, or execution issued upon, if:
(1) It is determined that the judgment was rendered by a judicial system that does not provide impartial tribunals or procedures substantially compatible with the requirements of due process of law applicable to Tennessee courts;
(2) The court or tribunal issuing the foreign defamation judgment did not have personal jurisdiction over the defendant in accordance with the principles applicable under Tennessee law; or
(3) The court or tribunal issuing the foreign defamation judgment did not have subject matter jurisdiction over the action.
JUST A FEW FROM YEARS GONE BY:
After seeing the bill pass three years in the Senate, only to be defeated in the House, we were finally successful in passing legislation in 2009 that would prohibit mental health screening or evaluation without informed parent consent. Parents cannot be coerced into putting their children on psychotropic drugs, teachers cannot recommend a child be put on these powerful and sometimes deadly drugs (those are medical decisions). SB 850 - HB 1552. Although it took four years, protecting parental and student rights was worth the effort. Persistence pays! Public Chapter Number 127
We played significant role in passing the amendment to the State Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
We have worked on and helped to pass multiple pieces of legislation supporting home schooling.
We have played a supporting role in helping to pass multiple pieces of pro-life legislation, including SJR 127, which led to the successful Yes on 1 campaign.
We have passed legislation to strengthen our statutory rape laws to reduce exploitation of minors by predatory adults.
We have passed legislation requiring colleges and universities to develop and publish a policy on Hazing.
We have passed legislation that prohibits school nurses from dispensing birth control or refer for abortions.
We have passed legislation that strengthens our child sex abuse laws.
We helped to pass legislation that defines 'public indecency'
We helped to pass legislation that requires the doors to be removed from the booth in sexually oriented businesses.
We have passed legislation requiring public schools to develop a policy outlining parental and student rights and guidelines with respect to the administration of surveys, analysis, or evaluations of students.
We prohibited a Family Life Bill (read: sex education) from passing for three years until amendments were accepted that provide for an opt-out provision, primary emphasis on abstinence, parental access to reviewing curriculum, etc.
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