Healthy and Free Tennessee's 2018 Legislative Watch List

 

The 110th General Assembly began in 2017 and ends in 2018. Many of the bills introduced last year are still moving or have the possibility to move this year. This list will grow as new legislation is added. The filing deadline is February 1st and this list won't be finalized until then, so check back for updates!

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Fetal Personhood

SB 0754 sponsored by Senator Beavers / HB 0895 by Rep. Pody codifies that human life and legal personhood begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent:

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Referred to committee but never scheduled for a hearing in 2017. We will be watching to see if they move the bill forward this year.

Fetal Assault Law

SB 1381 sponsored by Senator Tate with no House co-sponsor.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Bill did not have a House co-sponsor so it did not move in 2017, however we will be watching this year.

SB 1385 sponsored by Senator Tate / HB 0620 by Rep. Favors requires reporting to the commissioner on geographic distribution and program adequacy of treatment resources for people affected by substance abuse.

  • Stance: Watching

  • Status: Taken off notice in House subcommittee in 2017. This is a broadly captioned bill so there was some concern that it could affect fetal assault. We will be watching this year.

Abortion Access

HB 0663 sponsored by Rep. Hill with no Senate sponsor amends tort law to create a cause of action for emotional distress resulting from an abortion.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Status: Bill did not have a Senate sponsor so it did not move in 2017, however we will be watching this year.

SB0766 sponsored by Senator Beavers / HB 0101 by Rep. Weaver prohibits abortions after 20 weeks except to preserve the life and health of the mother.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Referred to committee but never scheduled for a hearing in 2017. We will be watching to see if they move the bill forward this year.

SB 0244 sponsored by Senator Beavers / HB 0108 by Rep. VanHuss requires fetal heartbeat testing prior to abortion and prohibits abortions from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Action deferred in Health Subcommittee, moved to first calendar of 2018. We will be watching this year.

Contraception Access

SB 1142 sponsored by Senator Kyle / HB 0721 by Rep. Powell enacts the “Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act” which requires all health insurance policies to cover contraception with some exceptions.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Taken off notice in House subcommittee in 2017. We will be watching to see if this bill moves this year.

SB 0883 sponsored by Senator Harris / HB 1320 by Rep. Stewart enacts the “Long-Acting Birth Control Information Act” which requires family planning centers to provide information and access to LARCs Long-Acting Birth Control.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Passed in the House 75 ayes/3 nays but deferred in Senate committee to 2018. We will be watching this year.

Minimum Healthcare Standards

SB 0830 sponsored by Senator Yarbro / HB 0842 by Rep. Fitzhugh establishes minimum essential benefits for health insurance coverage in the state of Tennessee that is no less extensive than that available under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Taken off notice in the House subcommittee in 2017. We will be watching this year.

Menstruation Hygiene Access

SB 0741 sponsored by Senator Yarbro / HB 0804 by Rep. Fitzhugh eliminates the sales tax on over-the-counter medicine, diapers, and menstruation products and reduces sales and use tax rate on food and food ingredients by 0.5% each year beginning on January 1, 2018.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Taken off notice in the House subcommittee in 2017. We will be watching this year.

SB 1118 sponsored by Senator Kyle/ HB 0833 by Rep. Jones reduces the state sales and use tax rate on retail sales of diapers, feminine hygiene products, and nonexempt over-the-counter drugs from 7 percent to 5 percent.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Assigned to committee but did not move forward in 2017. We will be watching this year.

SB 1115 sponsored by Senator Kyle/ HB 0832 by Rep. Jones requires all public high schools to provide free feminine hygiene products.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Taken off notice in House subcommittee in 2017. We will be watching this year.

Pregnant and Parenting Worker Rights 

SB 1141 sponsored by Senator Kyle / HB 1184 by Rep. Powell requires that all employers give their employees six weeks of paid leave for adoption, pregnancy, childbirth, or nursing an infant.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Action deferred in House subcommittee for a calendar in 2018. We will be watching this year.

SB 1029 sponsored by Senator Yarbro / HB 0834 by Rep. Jones requires employers to provide notice of a pregnant employee’s right to a reasonable accommodation and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees upon request.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Assigned to committee but did not move in 2017. We will be watching this year.

Primary Caregiver Sentencing Reform

SB 0919 sponsored by Senator Dickerson / HB 0825 by Rep. Gilmore requires a court to sentence a person who was convicted of a nonviolent offense and is the primary caretaker of a dependent child to an individually assessed sentence based on community rehabilitation with a focus on parent-child unity and support.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Action deferred until 2018.

  • HFTN coalition partner Free Hearts took the lead in introducing and lobbying this bill. We plan to support their efforts this year.

Tennessee Anti-LGBTQ Marriage Act

SB 0752 sponsored by Senator Beavers / HB 0892 by Rep. Pody enacts the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” which defines natural marriage as between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Action deferred until 2018. We will be watching this year.

Anti-LGBTQ Parent Bills

SB 1153 sponsored by Senator Hensley / HB 1406 by Rep. Weaver repeals the statute that deems a child born as a result of artificial insemination to be the legitimate child of the parents.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Assigned to committee but was not scheduled for a hearing in 2017. We will be watching this year.

SB 0300 sponsored by Senator Bowling / HB 0033 by Rep. Ragan requires that words “husband” “wife” “mother” “father” apply in Tennessee code to only heterosexual cisgendered parents.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Assigned to committee but was not scheduled for a hearing in 2017. We will be watching this year.

AG to Defend Public Schools Who Discriminate (i.e. Bathroom Bill 2.0)

HB 1488 sponsored by Rep. McCormick directs the TN Attorney General to defend school districts that discriminate against people based on their gender identity by requiring them to use the bathroom that corresponds to their birth certificate. Read more here.

Business Right to LGBTQ Discrimination

SB 0127 sponsored by Senator Green / HB 0054 by Rep. Zachary prohibits discriminatory action against businesses based on their internal policies, including discriminating against LGBT employees or customers, among other discriminatory practices.

  • Stance: Oppose

  • Status: Passed in the Senate. Deferred for action in the House until 2018. We will be watching this year.

  • Coalition partner Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) led efforts to defeat this bill.

Preventing Unintended Pregnancy in Higher Education

SB0521 sponsored by Senator Massey/ HB 1388 by Rep. Jernigan requires the commission to develop a plan, in collaboration with the boards of public universities and community colleges, to address the prevention of unintended pregnancies among older teens and single students.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Taken off notice in the House in 2017. We will be watching this year.

End Barriers to Teaching About Sex Abuse in Public Schools

SB1510 sponsored by Senator Massey requires instruction on the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse be provided as part of Family Life Curriculum, the state's sex education curriculum. Removes liability for instructors of child sexual abuse for teaching about sexual activity as related to sexual abuse. Read more here.

  • Stance: Support

  • Status: Introduced


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