Campaigns for April 21, 2023

The Senate and House both will be meeting on Friday. Use the campaigns below to take action on key bills. More may be added.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Anti-trans binary definition of "sex," pronoun discrimination, and anti-implicit bias training bills in the House

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own member of the House of Representatives to vote NO on these three bills.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in the House chamber. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or by standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event is in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Anti-implicit bias training bill on Senate floor

EMAIL: Use this easy form to urge your own senator to vote NO on the bill when it reaches the Senate floor.

SHOW UP: The Senate floor session begins at 10:30 a.m. You can attend if you can find a seat in the Senate gallery or you can stand outside the Senate chamber. The event takes place in the Capitol, not the Cordell Hull Building.

Anti-trans private school athlete bill

CALL: This bill has been transmitted to the Governor for his action. Leave him a message at 615-741-2001 and urge him to veto SB1237/HB306. People outside Tennessee are welcome to call.


Campaigns for April 20, 2023

We don't know when the legislative session will end. Legislators will be at work on Thursday. The Senate has scheduled a floor session on Friday, but the House so far has not. That said, they have several bills to go through. Use the campaigns below to take action on key bills. More may be added.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Anti-trans definition of "sex," pronoun discrimination, and anti-implicit bias training bills in the House

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own member of the House of Representatives to vote NO on these three bills.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in the House chamber. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or by standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event is in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Anti-implicit bias training bill in Senate Finance (Note: It passed. Skip down to Friday for next step.)

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the Senate Finance Committee to vote NO on the anti-implicit bias training bill.

CALL: Use the numbers and scripts at the link to leave messages for the members of the Finance Committee.

SHOW UP: The Senate Finance Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the Cordell Hull Building.  Note: If the bill passes Senate Finance, it could go to the Senate floor at 10:00 a.m. That event takes place in the Capitol, not in the  Cordell Hull Building.

Federal anti-trans youth sports ban

EMAIL: Use this form from HRC to contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the bill. (Note: It passed.)

TRACK: Track the bill at this link.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Anti-implicit bias training bill on Senate floor

EMAIL: Use this easy form to urge your own senator to vote NO on the bill when it reaches the Senate floor.

SHOW UP: The Senate floor session begins at 10:30 a.m. You can attend if you can find a seat in the Senate gallery or you can stand outside the Senate chamber. The event takes place in the Capitol, not the Cordell Hull Building.


Campaigns for April 19 and 20

We don't know when the legislative session will end. Legislators will be at work on Thursday. The Senate has scheduled a floor session on Friday, but the House so far has not. That said, they have several bills to go through. Use the campaigns below to take action on key bills.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

Parent opt-in bill in the House

EMAIL: The House did not get to the bill on Monday. Use this easy form to tell your own member of the House to vote NO.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

NOTE: Per a motion on the House floor on April 17, this bill should be on the House regular calendar for April 19. But it does not yet appear. Regardless, please, use the email campaign above in case it pops up. The House may be waiting for the Senate to transmit the companion bill.

Flag restriction bill in the Senate

EMAIL: The Senate did not get to the flag restriction bill on Monday. So they will take it up on April 19. Use this easy form to email your own Senator urging a NO vote.

SHOW UP: The Senate floor session begins at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. You can attend by finding a seat in the gallery or standing outside the Senate chamber. Note: This event takes place in the Capitol, not the Cordell Hull Building.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Anti-trans definition of "sex," pronoun discrimination, and anti-implicit bias training bills in the House

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own member of the House of Representatives to vote NO on these three bills.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in the House chamber. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or by standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event is in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Anti-implicit bias training bill in the Senate

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the Senate Finance Committee to vote NO on the anti-implicit bias training bill.

CALL: Use the numbers and scripts at the link to leave messages for the members of the Finance Committee.

SHOW UP: The Senate Finance Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the Cordell Hull Building. Note: If the bill passes Senate Finance, it could go to the Senate floor at 10:00 a.m. That event takes place in the Capitol, not in the  Cordell Hull Building.

THIS WEEK

Federal anti-trans youth sports ban

EMAIL: Use this form from HRC to contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the bill.

TRACK: Track the bill at this link.


Campaigns for April 18 through 20

TUESDAY, APRIL 18

Several bills in House Finance Subcommittee and Committee

EMAIL: Use this easy form to contact members of the House Finance Subcommittee and Committee on the binary definition of "sex" bill, the pronoun bill, the implicit bias bill, and the anti-trans TennCare contracting bill.

CALL: Use the numbers and scripts at the link to leave messages with the members of the Finance committees in the House.

SHOW UP: At 9:00 a.m. Central Time, House Finance Subcommittee will take up several bills on five calendars. The event takes place in House Hearing Room 1 in the Cordell Hull Building.

Linking Arms for Change

SHOW UP: At 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time in Knoxville and at 5:15 p.m. Central Time in Nashville, there are marches organized by Voices for a Safer Tennessee. Learn more at the link.

All-purpose activity

CALL: At 6:30 p.m. Central Time, HRC holds their weekly virtual phone bank on discriminatory bills. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

Parent opt-in bill in the House

EMAIL: The House did not get to the bill on Monday. Use this easy form to tell your own member of the House to vote NO.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Flag restriction bill in the Senate

EMAIL: The Senate did not get to the flag restriction bill on Monday. So they will take it up on April 19. Use this easy form to email your own Senator urging a NO vote.

SHOW UP: The Senate floor session begins at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. You can attend by finding a seat in the gallery or standing outside the Senate chamber. Note: This event takes place in the Capitol, not the Cordell Hull Building.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Anti-trans definition of "sex," pronoun discrimination, and anti-implicit bias training bills in the House

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own member of the House of Representatives to vote NO on these three bills.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in the House chamber. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or by standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event is in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Anti-implicit bias training bill in the Senate

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the Senate Finance Committee to vote NO on the anti-implicit bias training bill.

CALL: Use the numbers and scripts at the link to leave messages for the members of the Finance Committee.

SHOW UP: The Senate Finance Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the Cordell Hull Building.


Campaigns for the week of April 17, 2023

We are getting to the point in the legislative session where the fate of many bills hangs on the budget. This could be the last legislative week. Take action with the campaigns in this week's post. More campaigns may be added as the legislative calendar changes throughout the week.

MONDAY, APRIL 17

Moral Monday Against Gun Violence in Nashville

SHOW UP: Starting at 2:00 p.m. Central Time in Nashville, Repairers of the Breach and Red Letter Christians are organizing a march from McKendree United Methodist Church to the Capitol for a rally at 4:00 p.m. Learn more at the link.

Parent opt-in bill and flag limitation bill in the Senate

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own senator to vote NO on the parent opt-in bill.

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own senator to vote NO on the flag limitation bill.

SHOW UP: The Senate did not get to SB1443, the parent opt-in bill, last Thursday, so it is on the calendar for April 17. Also up is SB918, which is a bill that privileges the U.S. and Tennessee flags and limits the flying of other flags on public buildings with some exceptions. That will lead to arbitrary enforcement and First Amendment violations. The Senate floor session begins at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. You can show up and watch the proceedings. You may be able to find a seat in the Senate gallery or you can stand outside the Senate Chamber. Note: This event is in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Anti-trans private school sports bill and opt-in bill in the House

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to email your own member of the House of Representatives to oppose the sports bill.

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to email your own member of the House of Representative to oppose the opt-in bill.

SHOW UP: At 4:00 p.m.  Central Time, HB306, the anti-trans private school sports bill, is on the House floor. So is HB727, the amended parent opt-in bill. You can show up and watch the proceedings. You may be able to find a seat in the House gallery or you can stand outside the House chamber. Note: This event is in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Pride Proclamation in Sevier County

SHOW UP: At 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, a group of Sevier County residents are urging the Sevier County Commission to pass a Pride resolution. Doors are open 40 minutes prior to the meeting. Seating is limited. The event takes place at the Sevier County Courthouse located at 125 Court Avenue in Sevierville. The meeting specifically is in Courtroom 306W. Buttons for supporters will be available. Facebook event linked here.

All-purpose activity

CALL: At 6:30 p.m., join inclusion tennessee, TEP, and other organizations for a virtual phone bank against discriminatory bills. Register for the event at this link.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18

Several bills in House Finance Subcommittee and Committee

EMAIL: Use this easy form to contact members of the House Finance Subcommittee and Committee on the binary definition of "sex" bill, the pronoun bill, the implicit bias bill, and the anti-trans TennCare contracting bill.

CALL: Use the numbers and scripts at the link to leave messages with the members of the Finance committees in the House.

SHOW UP: At 9:00 a.m. Central Time, House Finance Subcommittee will take up several bills on five calendars. The event takes place in House Hearing Room 1 in the Cordell Hull Building.

Linking Arms for Change

SHOW UP: At 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time in Knoxville and at 5:15 p.m. Central Time in Nashville, there are marches organized by Voices for a Safer Tennessee. Learn more at the link.

All-purpose activity

CALL: At 6:30 p.m. Central Time, HRC holds their weekly virtual phone bank on discriminatory bills. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

Parent opt-in bill in the House

EMAIL: The House did not get to the bill on Monday. Use this easy form to tell your own member of the House to vote NO.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Flag restriction bill in the Senate

EMAIL: The Senate did not get to the flag restriction bill on Monday. So they will take it up on April 19. Use this easy form to email your own Senator urging a NO vote.

SHOW UP: The Senate floor session begins at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. You can attend by finding a seat in the gallery or standing outside the Senate chamber. Note: This event takes place in the Capitol, not the Cordell Hull Building.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Anti-trans definition of "sex," pronoun discrimination, and anti-implicit bias training bills in the House

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to tell your own member of the House of Representatives to vote NO on these three bills.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in the House chamber. You can attend by finding a seat in the House gallery or by standing outside the House chamber. Note: This event is in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Anti-implicit bias training bill in the Senate

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the Senate Finance Committee to vote NO on the anti-implicit bias training bill.

CALL: Use the numbers and scripts at the link to leave messages for the members of the Finance Committee.

SHOW UP: The Senate Finance Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the Cordell Hull Building.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

SCHEDULE NOTE: As of April 16, there are no specific bills scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday in House. But there will be floor sessions in the Senate and House on Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly Friday and Saturday. There are House floor sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. It is possible that Finance committees will meet on these days and other committees may temporarily reopen. We will watch for daily schedule changes and for the updated calendar status of key bills. Update: The Senate is adding more Finance committee meetings throughout the week. See in particular the Thursday campaigns.


Campaigns for the week of April 10, 2023

With the House in chaos because of the efforts to expel Representatives Justin Jones, Gloria Johnson, and Justin Pearson and with the end of session approaching, we see bills taking unusual paths to their destiny. Take action with these campaigns. More may be added in the coming days.

MONDAY, APRIL 10

Parent opt-in bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell YOUR member of the Senate to vote NO.

SHOW UP: At 4:00 p.m. Central Time, the full Senate takes up SB1443, the parent opt-in bill.

General-purpose opportunity

CALL: At 6:30 p.m. Central Time, join inclusion tennessee and TEP for a Zoom phone bank on discriminatory bills. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

Here are some calls anyone can make this week about the crisis in democracy in Tennessee.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11

General-purpose opportunity

CALL: At 6:30 p.m. Central Time, join HRC for a virtual phone bank. Register at this link.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

Anti-implicit bias training bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to contact the members of the House Finance Subcommittee asking them to vote NO.

CALL:  Leave messages with the committee members on this bill using the scripts and the numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: At 10:30 a.m. in House Hearing Room 3, the House Finance Subcommittee takes up HB158, a bill that bans any requirement for implicit bias training in public education.

Anti-trans private school athlete and parent opt-in bills

EMAIL: Use the easy form to send a message to all the members of the House Education Administration opposing these bills.

CALL:  Leave messages with the committee members on these bills using the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room 1, the House Education Administration Committee takes up HB306 and HB727.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

Discriminatory education bills on the Senate floor

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own Senator to vote NO on SB1443, which is the parent opt-in bill, and SB1237, which is the anti-trans private school athlete bill.

SHOW UP: The Senate floor session begins at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. You can attend the session. You may be able to find seating in the gallery or you can stand outside the Senate chamber. This event takes place in the Capitol,  not in the Cordell Hull Building.

 


Campaigns for the week of April 3, 2023

There are just a few bills moving this week. But don't be deceived. In the coming weeks, more could be put on notice in committees or scheduled for floor votes. More information may added in the coming days.

MONDAY, APRIL 3

All-purpose opportunity

CALL: At 6:30 p.m. Central Time, join inclusion tennessee, TEP, and other organizations for a Zoom phone bank on discriminatory bills. Register at the link.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4

All-purpose opportunity

CALL: At 6:30 p.m. Central Time, the Human Rights Campaign hosts their virtual phone bank on discriminatory bills. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

Parent opt-in bill and anti-implicit bias training bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to contact the members of the House Education Administration Committee and urge them to vote NO.

CALL: Use the scripts and the numbers at the link to leave messages for the members.

CALL: Use the script and number at the link to make a general call to the Governor.

SHOW UP: At 9:00 a.m. Central Time and at 1:00 p.m. Central Time, the House Education Administration Committee meets. At one of these meetings, it will likely take up HB727, a parent opt-in bill. Both events are in House Hearing Room 1.The bill is 4th on the calendar of bills, so that points to the bill being heard at the 9:00 a.m. meeting. But committees skip around on their calendars for a variety of reasons. So they may not get to it until the 1:00 p.m. meeting. HB158, the anti-implicit bias training bill, is also on the calendar.

CALL: There is a special Zoom phone bank with inclusion tennessee and TEP on the expulsion resolutions. Register at the link.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

Anti-trans private school athlete bill

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact your own member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and urge a NO vote.

SHOW UP:  At 9:00 a.m. Central Time, the House convenes for its floor session. You can attend. You may be able to get a seat in the balcony or stand outside the House chamber. This event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

Expulsion resolutions

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to tell your own State Representative to vote NO on the resolutions expelling Representatives Johnson, Jones, and Pearson.

Anti-trans student pronoun bill

EMAIL: Tell your senator to vote NO on the pronoun bill using the easy form at the link.

SHOW UP: The Senate floor session begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Capitol, not the Cordell Hull Building. You can show up. There may be some seating in the balcony or you can stand in the hallway outside the chamber.


Campaigns for the week of March 26, 2023

Some discriminatory bills are failing, but some are still advancing. Take action with these campaigns. More will be added in the coming days.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

SHOW UP: At 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, TEP is offering a legislative advocacy training at the Knox Pride Center. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link.

MONDAY, MARCH 27

CALL: At 6:30 p.m., join inclusion tennessee and other organizations for a Zoom phone bank. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28

Parent opt-in bill

EMAIL: Use the easy form to contact the House K-12 Subcommittee and urge them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: At Noon Central Time in House Hearing Room 4, the House K-12 Subcommittee will take up HB727, a parent opt-in bill.

Sneaky, anti-trans camp bathroom amendment

EMAIL: SB1044/HB1379 is being amended to provide an accommodation for parents who don't want their kids sharing space with transgender kids at camp. It is a camp version of the bathroom bill. It is up in Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Health Committee at 1:30 on March 28. Use the easy form at this link to contact both committees.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Note: Calls for the House Health Subcommittee are listed under the HIV program funding bill since we have two bills of interest in that subcommittee.

SHOW UP: Go to either the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting or the House Health Subcommittee meeting at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. Senate Judiciary meets in Senate Hearing Room 1 and House Health Subcommittee meets in House Hearing Room 4. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

HIV program funding bill

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact the members of the House Health Subcommittee and urge them to vote YES.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to call the members of the House Health Subcommittee about the HIV program funding bill AND the sneaky anti-trans bathroom amendment to the camping bill.

SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room 4, the House Health Subcommittee may take up HB370, a good HIV program funding bill. The Senate companion bill was deferred to next year in the Senate Health & Welfare Committee. The subcommittee will also take up anti-trans bathroom amendment to a camping bill. We have combined Facebook events for this committee and Senate Judiciary Committee since both meet at the same time and will both consider this discriminatory amendment. The Facebook event is linked here.

All-purpose opportunity

CALL: At 6:30, the Human Rights Campaign hosts their virtual phone bank. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29

Anti-trans student pronoun bill and other education bills in Senate and House Committees

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact the Senate Education Committee and urge them to vote NO on discriminatory bills.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the members of the Senate Education Committee.

SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1, the Senate Education Committee takes up the anti-trans student pronoun bill and other legislation. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

EMAIL: Even though the two parent opt-in bills are being combined on the Senate side, HB1411 is still on the House Education Administration calendar. If you did the email campaign for the parent opt-in bill up for a vote on Tuesday in the House K-12 subcommittee, you have addressed this bill with some of the committee members. If you missed it in the list of campaigns, here it is again.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the members of the House Education Administration Committee on discriminatory bills.

SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room 1, the House Education Administration Committee takes up bills with discriminatory implications. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

Anti-trans private school athlete bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to send a message to your own member of the Tennessee House of Representatives urging a NO vote.

SHOW UP: At 9:00 a.m. Central Time, HB306, the anti-trans private school athlete bill is on the House floor. This event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building. You can attend. There is some seating in the gallery or you can be in the hallway outside the House chamber.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31

SHOW UP:  At 4:00 p.m. Central Time at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, Queer Youth Assemble, inclusion tennessee, and TEP present "Rally for Queer & Trans Youth Autonomy." Legislative Plaza is located at 301 6th Avenue North.  THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.


SHOW UP (virtually):
6:00 p.m. Central Time. Co-hosted with inclusion tennessee, TEP presents a Transgender Day of Visibility program on Zoom called "Visible, Vocal, Vibrant:  A Conversation with Transgender and Gender-expansive Persons About Being Present, Speaking Out, & Growing Hope in the Halls of the Tennessee Legislature." Facilitated by Dahron Johnson, the panel will include Eli Givens, Vaniel Simmons, Jacen Wilder, and C.J. Desai, who have prepared testimony on state legislation this year. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link where you will find the Zoom link.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

SHOW UP: "March for LGBTQ+ Lives" coordinated by inclusion tennessee and Nashville Pride. 10:30 a.m. East Park in Nashville. THIS EVENT IS NOW BEING POSTPONED.

 


Campaigns for the week of March 20, 2023

More bills are stalling and being amended, but some are still advancing. Take action with these campaigns on key bills moving the week of March 20. More will be added in the coming days.

MONDAY, MARCH 20

SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee takes up SB138, a bill that involves protecting minors from pornography on electronic devices. The bill could be used to block general LGBTQ content. Go to Senate Hearing Room 1 in the Cordell Hull Building.

The Big Party!

SHOW UP: LOVE RISING: Let Freedom Sing (and Dance), A Celebration of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness takes place at 7:30 p.m. Central Time at Bridgestone Arena. Get tickets and learn more at the link.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21

Drag licensing bill

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to tell the Senate State & Local Government Committee to vote NO.

CALL: Leave messages with the committee using the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: At 10:30 a.m. Central Time, the Senate State & Local Government Committee takes up the License to Drag bill. RSVP at the Facebook event.

HIV program funding bill in the House

EMAIL: Use this easy form to urge the House Health Subcommittee and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to vote YES on the bill.

CALL: Leave messages with the committee members using the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time, the House Health Subcommittee has HB370, a good HIV program funding bill, on the calendar. It may run in the Senate first. If you want to show up, go to House Hearing Room 4 in the  Cordell Hull Building.

Various discriminatory bills

SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time, the House Banking and Consumer Affairs  Subcommittee takes up HB761, a bill that involves protecting minors from pornography on electronic devices. The bill could be used to block general LGBTQ content. Go to House Hearing Room 2 in the Cordell Hull Building.

SHOW UP: At 4:30 p.m. Central Time, the House K-12 Subcommittee takes up three bills of concern. HB158 bans requiring implicit bias training in public school district and public higher education settings. HB727 is another parent opt-in bill. HB1377 is a bill that establishes a process by which "certain individuals may file a complaint with an LEA or public charter school for the LEA's or public charter school's including or promoting certain prohibited concepts as part of a course of instruction, in a curriculum or instructional program, or by allowing teachers or other employees to use supplemental materials that include or promote certain prohibited concepts." (from the official summary). Go to House Hearing Room 2  in the Cordell Hull Building.

All-purpose opportunity

CALL: Join HRC for their weekly virtual phone bank against discriminatory bills at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

HIV program funding bill in the Senate

EMAIL: This campaign is combined with the one for the bill under the Tuesday hearing in the House Health Subcommittee above. If you missed it, use the same form linked here.

CALL: Leave messages with the committee using the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time, the Senate Health & Welfare Committee takes up SB290, a good HIV program funding bill. It may run in the House Health Subcommittee first on Tuesday. If you want to show up, go to Senate Hearing Room 1.

Anti-trans private school athlete and parent opt-in bills in the House

EMAIL: Use this easy form to the tell the House Education Administration Committee to vote NO.

CALL: Leave messages for members of the committee with the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time, the House Education Administration Committee takes up the anti-trans private school athlete bill and a parent opt-in bill. RSVP at the Facebook event.

Anti-trans private school athlete, pronoun, and parent opt-in bills in the Senate

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the Senate Education Committee to vote NO on these bills.

SHOW UP: At 3:00 p.m. Central Time, the Senate Education Committee takes up several discriminatory bills. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

We are holding this date in case bills pop up on the Senate or House floor.


Campaigns for the week of March 13, 2023

As legislators face imminent committee deadlines, many bills that have not moved will be put on notice. It does not mean they will get to all the bills this week, but we should be prepared. Take action with these campaigns. More will be added in the coming days.

MONDAY, MARCH 13

Amended wedding officiant refusal bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time, the Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up SB596, a bill that originally allowed wedding officiants to refuse to marry couples based on the officiants beliefs. The bill has been significantly amended. Go to Senate Hearing Room 1.

Discriminatory education bills in the House

SHOW UP: At 3:00 p.m. Central Time, the House Higher Education Subcommittee takes up HB571 and HB1376, two discriminatory bills. Go to House Hearing Room 2.

Anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill in the Senate

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact your own state senator and urge a NO vote.

SHOW UP: At 4;00 p.m. Central Time, the full Senate takes up SB1440. You can attend floor sessions if you can get a seat in the  Senate gallery. You can also be in the hallway outside the Senate Chamber. Note that you will be going to the Capitol and not the Cordell Hull Building for this event.

All-purpose opportunity

CALL: Join inclusion tennessee and other organizations for a Zoom phone bank at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14

Drag licensing bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to contact the Senate State & Local Government Committee to urge them to vote NO.

CALL: Leave messages for the members of the committee with the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: At 10:30 a.m. Central Time, the drag licensing bill is up in the Senate State & Local Government Committee. Show up to oppose the bill. Details are at the Facebook event link.

Additional discriminatory bills

SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee takes up SB138, a bill that seems to be about regulating the ability of minors to access pornography on electronic devices, but it could affect general LGBTQ content as well. Go to Senate Hearing Room 1.

SHOW UP: At 3:00 p.m. Central Time, the Senate Judiciary Committee could take up SB596, the amended wedding officiant refusal bill. It was on the calendar for Monday, but the Chair announced that for the Monday meeting they would only consider bills sponsored by members of the committee. Go to Senate Hearing Room 1.

SHOW UP: At 4:30 p.m. Central Time, the House K-12 Subcommittee takes up HB158, a bill that prohibits public education institutions including local school districts and higher education institutions from requiring implicit bias training. Go to House Hearing Room 2.

All-purpose opportunity

CALL: HRC hosts a weekly virtual phone bank at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

Anti-trans TennCare and Student pronoun bills

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact the members of the House Finance Subcommittee and urge them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: At 10:30 a.m. Central Time, the House Finance Subcommittee takes up HB1215, the anti-trans TennCare bill, and HB1269, the student pronoun discrimination bill, in House Hearing Room 3. Finance meetings typically move fast and focus mainly on financial impact issues.

Student pronoun, parent opt-in, and other bills in the Senate

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the Senate Education to vote NO on some of the early bills in the long committee calendar.

SHOW UP: At Noon Central Time, the Senate Education Committee has several anti-LGBTQ bills on the calendar. With 120 bills total on the agenda, the committee won't be able to take up all of them during this meeting. We are watching seven bills that are now on notice in this committee, but the first of them is all the way down at position 23 on the calendar. Details are at the Facebook event link.

Anti-trans private school sports bill and parent opt-in bill in the House

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact the members of the House Education Administration Committee and urge them to vote NO.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages for the House Education Administration Committee members urging them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time, the House Education Administration Committee takes up the anti-trans private school sports bill and the parent opt-in bill. Details are at the Facebook event link.

Bill to require TN to apply for federal HIV program funds

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact the members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and urge them to vote YES.

CALL: Leave messages with the committee using the numbers and the scripts at the link.

SHOW UP: At 3:00 p.m. Central Time, attend the Senate Health and Welfare Committee meeting as they take up SB290, the bill to require Tennessee to apply for and accept federal HIV program funding. Details are provided at the Facebook event link.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16

We are holding this date in case bills pop up on the Senate or House floor calendars.



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