Anti-LGBTQ bills are still on the move in Tennessee. Here's what to expect March 9 through March 11. All email action campaigns and Facebook events are new as of the evening of March 5.
SB2233 by Sen. Haile is up in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. It is a caption bill that will likely carry language affecting the access of transgender youth to best practice health care. This bill and amendment were not sought by the transgender community, LGBTQ organizations, parents of transgender youth, or health care providers. Our understanding is that it will put into law the existing protocols. The problem is, besides the fact that no one affected requested the bill, that protocols change as research and experience provide new information. We should not have to go through a legislative or regulatory change every time the standards evolve.
HB1689 by Rep. Cepicky is the second anti-transgender student athlete bill and it is up for consideration in the House K-12 Education Subcommittee.
SB2233 by Sen. Haile was rolled from Monday to the March 11 meeting of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. It will carry language putting into law existing protocols about best practice care for transgender youth. No one affected by the bill asked for it. See the explanation given for March 9.
SB2896/HB2721 is the "censor the libraries, jail the librarians" bill. It is back up in Senate Government Operations Committee and House Cities and Counties Subcommittee.
*Note: We are not currently doing additional email campaigns on these bills because Tennessee Equality Project, Human Rights Campaign, and Tennessee Library Association members have already generated a large volume of email to the Senate and House committees considering the bill. If we decide to add email campaigns, we will post them here and on social media.
HB2410 by Rep. Ragan is an anti-marriage equality bill up for consideration in the House Children & Families Subcommittee.
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