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Tell the State House to stop interfering in local government contracts in Tennessee!

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!

 

 

Letter to
TEP TEP Messages
State Representative Ryan Haynes
State Representative Dale Carr
and 11 others
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
I am writing to ask you to vote against HB0598 in the House General Subcommittee of Commerce on March 16.

HB0598 will take away the right of local communities to improve the lives of their citizens and give contractors special rights to discriminate against their workers. As introduced, HB0598 will prohibit local governments from enacting non-discrimination provisions based on community standards for employees of government contractors. HB0598 will also prohibit local governments from enacting fair wage laws for employees of government contractors.

The bill sets a bad precedent for state government interference 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.

HB0598 will allow workplace discrimination and poverty wages in our local communities. HB0598 will send a message that Tennessee is not a friendly place for workers, entrepreneurs, or businesses.

Please vote NO on HB0598.

Sincerely,