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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.