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Petitioning House Education Committee and 20 others
This petition will be delivered to:
House Education Committee
State Representative
Courtney Rogers
State Representative
Harry Brooks
State Representative
Barry Doss
State Representative
Kevin Brooks
State Representative
Beth Harwell
State Representative
Joseph Pitts
State Representative
Bill Dunn
State Representative
Craig Fitzhugh
State Representative
Dale Carr
State Representative
John Windle
State Representative
John DeBerry
State Representative
Lois Deberry
State Representative
Ron Lollar
State Representative
Debra Moody
State Representative
Joe Carr
State Representative
John Ragan
State Representative
John Forgety
State Representative
Dennis Powers
State Representative
Ryan Williams
Tennessee Governor

As Governor Haslam says, lay aside the Don't Say Gay bill

For several weeks, House lawmakers have wrestled with what to do about the "Don't Say Gay" bill (HB0229). Leaders in State Government are scratching their heads as to why Tennessee needs this legislation.

The Nashville Scene asked House Speaker Beth Harwell about the bill after telling her that they were puzzled as to the Don’t Say Gay bill's purpose. “I understand your puzzlement,” she said, “and that’s what we’re addressing with the sponsors now.”

House Education Committee Chair Richard Montgomery asked “are we trying to fix something that’s not broken?”

Finally, Governor Bill Haslam recently weighed in on the debate saying “it's an issue we've encouraged people to lay aside . . .  I think there's better things for the legislature to occupy themselves with right now." 

That’s the best advice we’ve heard from officials in State Government on HB0229.

Tell the House Education Committee to focus on legislation that improves the lives of Tennessee students and lay aside the Don’t Say Gay bill. 


Letter to
House Education Committee
State Representative Courtney Rogers
State Representative Harry Brooks
and 18 others
State Representative Barry Doss
State Representative Kevin Brooks
State Representative Beth Harwell
State Representative Joseph Pitts
State Representative Bill Dunn
State Representative Craig Fitzhugh
State Representative Dale Carr
State Representative John Windle
State Representative John DeBerry
State Representative Lois Deberry
State Representative Ron Lollar
State Representative Debra Moody
State Representative Joe Carr
State Representative John Ragan
State Representative John Forgety
State Representative Dennis Powers
State Representative Ryan Williams
Tennessee Governor
It's time for the House Education Committee to call it quits on HB0229.

For several weeks, House lawmakers have wrestled with what to do about the "Don't Say Gay" bill (HB0229). Leaders in State Government are scratching their heads as to why Tennessee needs this legislation.

The Nashville Scene asked House Speaker Beth Harwell about the bill after telling her that they were puzzled as to the Don’t Say Gay bill's purpose. “I understand your puzzlement,” she said, “and that’s what we’re addressing with the sponsors now.”

House Education Committee Chair Richard Montgomery asked “are we trying to fix something that’s not broken?”

Finally, Governor Bill Haslam recently weighed in on the debate saying “it's an issue we've encouraged people to lay aside . . . I think there's better things for the legislature to occupy themselves with right now."

That’s the best advice I’ve heard from officials in State Government on HB0229.

There are too many doubts about the impact of HB0229 on Tennessee students. It's time to move on to more important business.

Find a way to lay aside the Don’t Say Gay bill. It's time to end the madness surrounding this bill.

Sincerely,