Protect the right of local governments to set community workplace standards in Tennessee!
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Protect the right of local governments to set community workplace standards in Tennessee!

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      TENNESSEE EQUALITY PROJECT

Thanks to advocates like you, the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act (HB0598) is having a hard time gaining traction with lawmakers in the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill continues to be rolled to future meetings as its House sponsor (Rep. Glen Casada) tries to offer amendments that make the bill easier to swallow with the House Subcommittee on Commerce. But you’ve heard the old saying: You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

The truth is that the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act is a BIG government “solution” designed to thwart local community efforts to expand equal workplace protections, living wages and decent benefits.

As introduced, the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act (HB0598/SB0630) would prohibit local governments from enacting non-discrimination provisions for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. HB0598/SB0630 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/SB0630 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.

The House General Subcommittee of Commerce is scheduled to hear HB0598 again on Wednesday March 23. The Senate State and Local Government Committee will hear the Senate version of the SAD Act (SB0630) on Tuesday, March 29. Help stop the SAD Act from becoming law.

If you live in Tennessee, tell the House General Subcommittee of Commerce and Senate State and Local Government Committee to vote no on the “Special Access to Discriminate” Act! Then share this petition with your friends through Facebook, Twitter and email.

- Jonathan Cole, TEP Board Chair

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    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      I don't live in Tennessee, but like members of the GLBTQ community throughout the nation, I'm watching what you do about the issue of discrimination in your state. You will harm the economy of Tennessee by enacting such rules as those. Please do not make these harmful rules into law.

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    • Jane Mantey NASHVILLE, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      This "Act" (HB0598/SB0630) is an abomination! How can anyone blatantly write a bill to encourage discrimination against any citizen? What happened to government protecting the people, especially the minority? This bill is shameful, and I hope that anybody with the ability to vote uses their power to vote down this bill.

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    • Kyle Broach NOLENSVILLE, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      Stripping the ability of local governments to make these basic anti-discrimination ordinances for their communities is a sham. Republicans often decry big government regulation but turn around and do it themselves when the social tide disfavors them. Vote against this bill. It's right for Tennessee.

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    • Chris Sanders NASHVILLE, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      I am really concerned about any law that gets between two parties in a contract. Cities need to be able to set contracting standards. Thanks for considering!

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