Radical lawmakers are trying to impose BIG government “solutions” on local communities and give contractors special rights to discriminate against their workers.
As introduced, the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act (HB0598) would prohibit local governments from enacting non-discrimination provisions for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. HB0598 would overturn the Contractor Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Nashville Metro Council that would establish LGBT-inclusive workplace protections for employees of government contractors and is very close to passing on the third reading. HB0598 will also prohibit local governments from enacting fair wage laws and other workplace benefits for employees of government contractors.
Local municipal, county and school board governments don’t need State Government micromanagement and interference in their contractual affairs.
Currently, municipal, county and school board governments in Tennessee are free to enter into voluntary contracts with expectations for workplace equality, living wages and other benefits for workers. Such contract provisions demonstrate that local communities value equality, inclusion and fair wages. Local governments that embrace these virtues make their communities more attractive to workers, entrepreneurs and businesses who want to live and work in these communities.
The bill sets a bad precedent of interfering in the contracting process of local governments. Local governments need the ability to set conditions for the use of taxpayer funds based on community needs and values. This bill undercuts that process.
On March 2, the House General Subcommittee of Commerce reviewed HB0598 for the first time, but agreed to the sponsor's request to defer the bill until Wednesday, March 16. Help stop this bill from becoming law.
Tell the House General Subcommittee of Commerce to vote no on HB0598!