Veto SB3597/HB3576
  • Petitioned Governor Bill Haslam

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Governor Bill Haslam
Tennessee Governor

Veto SB3597/HB3576

    1. Michael Diamond
    2. Petition by

      Michael Diamond

      Nashville, TN

The Tennessee Legislature has gone too far.

On May 1st, the legislature passed an amended bill (SB3597/HB3576, Bill Summary available at http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/BillSummaryArchive.aspx?BillNumber=SB3597&ga=107) that prohibits state universities and also private universities that receive more than $24 million in state funds from adopting "all-comers" policies.

This bill is directed specifically at Vanderbilt University.

It is completely inappropriate for the state legislature to target a private institution in this manner. Furthermore, the funding that Vanderbilt receives from the state enables the VU Medical Center to provide free care. According to The Tennessean, this bill may jeopardize the hospital's funding in the future if Vanderbilt does not bow to the legislature's will.

Regardless of your belief about the "all-comers" policy, we can agree that this bill is absurd. Tennessee's legislature has no business meddling in the affairs of a private university, and threatening funding that is used to provide free care is simply inhumane. This is truly politics at its worst, and we won't stand for it. Tell Governor Haslam to veto this atrocious bill today.

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    1. We did it.

      Michael Diamond
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you, each and every one of you who signed this petition, called or e-mailed Governor Haslam, or showed your support on Facebook or Twitter. Today, Governor Haslam announced that he would veto SB3597, his first ever veto since taking office. This is big. In under 24 hours, we were able to get 200 signatures on this petition, and many more students called or wrote in to express their opposition to this huge overreach. As Governor Haslam said, it is "inappropriate for government to mandate the policies of a private institution," and now thanks to all of you such a misguided mandate has been defeated.

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    • Justin Barisich NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      To quote from the petition letter, "Regardless of your belief about [Vanderbilt's] 'all-comers' policy...Tennessee's legislature has no business meddling in the affairs of a private university, and threatening funding that is used to provide free health care is simply inhumane. This is truly politics at its worst, and [I] won't stand for it."

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    • Tonika Huff NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Taking funding away from the hospital is unfair and has nothing to do with the "all-comers" policy. If that policy truly is the issue at hand, it should be dealt with in a more fitting manner.

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    • Kelley Hines NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I love my university and everyone here should have the privilege of being a part of its organizations. Threatening to take funding away from families seeking medical care so that a small group feels they have a right to discriminate is absolutely appalling. I really do pray that the ethical decision is made and that this bill is vetoed.

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    • MARC HOWARD MANLIUS, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Private universities should be able to design rules that reflect their values. In just the same way that private religious universities should be able to make rules that express their values within the law, private secular universities should be able to make rules that express values of inclusiveness, tolerance and cooperation.

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    • Tyler Bittner NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      The government of Tennessee seems to be using underprivileged families and children as hostages in order to force legislation on a private institution, which I find sickening.

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