Don’t let workplace equality fall victim to fear mongering in Tennessee
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State Rep. Kent Williams
State Rep. Dawn White
State Rep. Steve McManus
State Rep. David Shepard
State Rep. Jon Lundberg
State Rep. Mike Carter
State Rep. Charles Sargent
State Rep. Joseph Pitts
State Rep. Dennis Roach
State Rep. Paul Bailey
State Rep. Dale Carr
State Rep. Ryan Haynes
State Rep. Pat Marsh

Don’t let workplace equality fall victim to fear mongering in Tennessee

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The “Special Access to Discriminate” Act returns to the Tennessee General Assembly on Wednesday, April 6 in a form that blatantly targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Earlier in the current session of the legislature, Family Action Council of Tennessee and the Memphis Tea Party failed to convince a majority of the House General Subcommittee of Commerce to vote for the first version of the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act.  (HB0598) would have prohibited local governments from extending LGBT-inclusive workplace protections, living wages and health insurance benefits to employees of government contractors. Now they hope to convince the subcommittee to vote for the SAD Act 2.0 (HB0600) which solely targets LGBT employees for unfair treatment.

FACT and the Memphis Tea Party are colluding to undermine local government control and local community standards. These radical organizations say they are for small government, but their actions say otherwise.

No matter who the different versions of the SAD Act target, the effect is the same. Local governments routinely negotiate required contract provisions with vendors based on standards set by local communities. HB0598 and HB0600 interfere in the contracting process between local governments and vendors who voluntarily agree to accept taxpayer funds to deliver goods and services. Each version of the SAD Act sets a dangerous precedent for BIG government interference in the local government contracting process.

Tell the House General Subcommittee of Commerce to vote no on HB0598 and HB0600.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      It is important that you vote no on both of these hateful bills. The sad fact is that there is no good use for discrimination.

    • Angela Smith NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      The Special Access to Discriminate Act would be a step backwards for the state of Tennessee. Let's keep moving forward into the 21st Century with states such as Texas, Georgia and Kentucky. Please consider voting now on this Act.

      Thank you for all of the good work you do in the House for the state of Tennessee.


      Angie Smith


    • James Hawk NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      The Family Action Council of Tennessee and the Memphis Tea Party may have many good ideas. This is NOT one of them. In fact, it makes me question everything that they have ever said.

      Don't let these Hate groups convince you that it is OK to discriminate. Not only should you vote against this bill, you should be voting for a bill that prohibits discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against LGBT people.

      I am pastor of a local congregation in Nashville. These people to NOT speak for all Christians. In fact, I would say that they don't speak for most Christians. Most Christians would not want anyone harmed in this world. This bill hurts human beings.

    • James Faucette NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      This State says that the Federal Government should stay out of the State's business. If you on this Committee really and truly believe this, then I beg the State to stay out of the local business of towns and cities. I believe this bill would not even come up if were not for the actions of the Nashville Metro Council last year and recently. Please say no to this bill and others like it.

    • Amy Jones JACKSON, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I believe in leaving local government local. It seems that the proposed bill would do two things if enacted: (1) take away local government's power and (2) fail to negate the government's ability to raise the standard of non-discrimination by expanding the definition for their own employees. If ever TN does expand who is cover under non-discrimination laws, it needs to start with the government leading by example. Frankly, our government is not ready to do that so discussing a city or state wide definition expansion is a waste of your time. Get rid of this bill.


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