House Civil Justice Subcommittee @9:00am
HB2724 by Miller. (*SB1970 by Kyle.). Oppose!!!!
Firearms and Ammunition – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 49 and Title 50. As introduced, repeals the law that allows authorized persons to transport or store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the person’s motor vehicle while on or utilizing a public or private parking area if the firearm or firearm ammunition is kept from ordinary observation.
House Health Subcommittee. @12:00pm
HB2416 by Smith. (SB2281 by Bell.). OPPOSE!!!!!!
Abortion – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 53; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71. As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Abortion-Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act.”
Present law prohibits a physician from performing or attempting to perform any abortion, including a medically induced abortion, or prescribing any drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion, except in the physical presence of the pregnant woman. Present law also prohibits the administering or dispensing of a drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion to a pregnant woman except in the physical presence of her physician. This bill deletes those provisions and enacts the following in regard to abortion-inducing drug.
SENATE COMMERCE AND LABOR @1:00pm
SB 1823 *Johnson (HB 1867 by *Zachary, Lamberth, Faison, Todd, Boyd, Grills, Cochran, Smith, Darby, Hall, Terry, Littleton)
This is a Good Headline for Re-election for Governor Lee. So it basically does nothing other than show employers that they possibly have the ability to mandate vaccines.
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. – Amends TCA Title 14.
House State Government @1:30pm
HJR0652 by Powers.
Memorials, Congress – Urges Congress to complete a secure border wall on U.S. southern border.
The Abstract summarizes HJR0652 as introduced.
SENATE JUDICIARY @3:00pm
SB 0204 *Pody (HB 0724 by *Howell, Griffey) SUPPORT!!!
Abortion- As introduced, enacts the “Rule of Law Life Act”. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 15, Part 2 and Title 68, Chapter 11, Part 2.
This bill prohibits a person from intentionally performing or inducing an abortion on a pregnant woman if the physician determines, in the physician’s good faith medical judgment, that the unborn human individual the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable heartbeat, or there is an otherwise viable pregnancy, determined according to standard medical practice, including, but not limited to, serial human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) or other determinations, described below. A violation of this prohibition will be a Class C felony, and the applicable licensing board will revoke the license of any violator, without regard to whether the person has been charged with or has been convicted of having violated the prohibition in a criminal prosecution.
SB 0494 *Pody (HB 1079 by *Sexton J) SUPPORT!!
Abortion- As introduced, permits a person to petition a court for an injunction to prohibit a woman who is pregnant with the person’s unborn child from obtaining an abortion; requires the petitioner to execute a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity that is not subject to being rescinded or challenged. – Amends TCA Title 24; Title 29; Title 36; Title 39 and Title 68, Chapter 3.
SB 2448 *White (HB 2671 by *Farmer)
Tort Liability and Reform- As introduced, extends termination date from July 1, 2022, to July 1, 2023, for limitations on claims against a person for loss, damage, injury, or death arising from COVID-19. – Amends TCA Section 9-8-307; Title 14, Chapter 5; Title 29, Chapter 20 and Section 49-7-159.
House Education Instruction Subcommittee @3:00pm
HB2312 by Griffey. (SB2299 by Pody.)
Education – Amends TCA Title 49. As introduced, requires an LEA or the department of education to provide testing materials, proposed testing materials, or school records in the LEA’s or department’s possession to a member of the general assembly upon the member’s request to inspect and review the material.
HB2742 by Powers. (SB2728 by White.)
Education, Curriculum – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6. As introduced, requires that high school students be taught about the virtues of capitalism and the constitutional republic form of government in the United States and Tennessee, as compared to other political and economic systems such as communism and socialism, as part of the social studies curriculum.
K-12 Subcommittee @4:30pm
HB2154 by Lamberth. (SB2407 by Johnson.)
This is a re-election headline for Governor Lee, However Cepicky is trying to fix this.
Local Education Agencies – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6. As introduced, enacts the “Age-Appropriate Materials Act of 2022”; requires each public school to maintain, and post on the school’s website, a list of the materials in the school’s library collection; requires each local board of education and public charter school governing body to adopt a policy to establish procedures for the development and review of school library collections. ****check amendment added***
HB2166 by Lamberth. (SB2416 by Johnson.)
Another Governor Lee backed re-election headline bill
Education – Amends TCA Title 49, As introduced, revises and eliminates various reporting requirements; revises and eliminates various provisions requiring the commissioner of education or the department of education to approve of, consent to, receive notice of, or otherwise oversee certain local education operations; removes the requirement that in-service training include instruction on components of the Juvenile Offender Act for certain teachers and principals.
HB1880 by Rudd. (SB1830 by Hensley.). SUPPORT!!!!!!
Local Education Agencies – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 44 and Title 49, Chapter 2. As introduced, requires local boards of education to provide an opportunity for at least 10 people to speak on any topic related to the board for at least three minutes per person at each public meeting and to provide an opportunity for people to submit written public comments to the board.
HB2557 by Moody. (*SB2158 by Hensley.). SUPPORT!!!
Education – Amends TCA Title 49. 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.
HB2028 by Hall. (SB1995 by Bell.)
Students – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 2 and Title 49, Chapter 6. As introduced, specifies that a discipline policy or code of conduct adopted by a local board of education or charter school governing body may authorize a teacher to withhold a student’s phone from the student for the duration of the instructional time if the student’s phone is a distraction to the class or student.
House Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee @9:00am
HB2068 by Hulsey. (SB2786 by Bowling.)
Public Health – Amends TCA Title 14. As introduced, requires a private business who mandates routine COVID-19 testing for a specific category of individuals to require such testing for all employees, contractors with the private business, and such contractors’ employees.
House Criminal Justice Subcommittee @9:00am
HB2656 by Sexton C. (*SB2248 by McNally.)
Sentencing – Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40. As introduced, requires that a person convicted of certain offenses serve 100 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release.
HB1830 by Lamar. (*SB1773 by Gilmore.). OPPOSE!!!!
Firearms and Ammunition – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 38; Title 39; Title 49; Title 50; Title 68 and Title 71. As introduced, requires certain departments to create programs to reduce gun violence in communities, including a youth employment program, violence intervention program, and firearm buyback program; requires the department of health to submit a quarterly report to the legislature and counties and municipalities on the effects of gun violence in communities.
House Public Service Subcommittee @9:00am
HB1978 by Smith. (SB2275 by Pody.). SUPPORT!!!!
Lobbying, Lobbyists – Amends TCA Title 3 and Title 4. As introduced, prohibits a state agency from lobbying for or against state legislation and prohibits the use of appropriated funds or funds under the agency’s control for such purposes.
Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources @11:00am
SB 2418 *Johnson, Southerland (HB 2168 by *Lamberth, Gant)
Parks, Natural Areas Preservation- As introduced, enacts the “State Parks Funding Act of 2022.” – ***NO FISCAL NOTE****. WE need to know the Fiscal Impact of this Bill!! This is another Governor Lee bill
House Elections & Campaign Finance Subcommittee @12:30pm
HB2483 by Zachary. (SB2487 by Briggs.)
Election Laws – Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 1. As introduced, requires certain state officials to consult with the speaker of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives prior to entering into consent decrees to change state election laws or rules; gives the general assembly legal standing to file an action against such state officials for violating election laws.
HB1888 by Hakeem. (SB1853 by Gilmore.). OPPOSE!!!!!
Election Laws – Amends TCA Title 2. As introduced, requires county election commissions to verify with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) that persons are no longer qualified to vote before purging the voter registration of such persons; authorizes same day voter registration for qualified voters to register or have their registration updated and be able to vote beginning on the first day of any period of early voting through the day of an election.
HB2128 by Crawford. (SB2245 by Hensley.)
Election Laws – Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 2 and Title 2, Chapter 7. As introduced, expressly prohibits non-United States citizens from voting in federal, state, or local elections in this state; prohibits local governments from granting non-citizens the right to vote in local elections; prescribes various other mechanisms for ensuring the integrity of elections in this state.
House Children & Family Affairs Subcommittee. @2:00pm
HB1919 by Rudd. (SB1878 by Bowling.). Child Trafficking
Children – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 13; Title 34; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 49; Title 50; Title 55; Title 56; Title 66; Title 67; Title 68 and Title 71. As introduced, prohibits taking custody of certain children transported across state lines without the written consent of the department of children’s services.