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

 

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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  • State Representative
    Ryan Haynes
  • State Representative
    Dale Carr
  • State Representative
    Charles Curtiss
  • State Representative
    Dennis Roach
  • State Representative
    Joseph Pitts
  • State Representative
    Charles Sargent
  • State Representative
    Mike Carter
  • State Representative
    Jon Lundberg
  • State Representative
    David Shepard
  • State Representative
    Steve McManus
  • State Representative
    Dawn White
  • State Representative
    Kent Williams
  • State Representative
    Pat Marsh


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