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A New Month and an Updated Priority List

Women’s Fund’s Proactive Legislative Priority

Post Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking (Expungement)

HB193 (Carter)/SB577 (Gardenhire) - Expunction

This bill permits an eligible survivor of human trafficking to have multiple, nonviolent convictions for offenses that resulted from his/her status as a victim of human trafficking expunged, easing access to basic necessities like employment, education, and housing. (Aligns with Poverty & Opportunity, Violence & Safety, and Employment & Earnings measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - passed committee, sent to Calendar; SB - PASSED

Partner Organizations’ Proactive Legislative Priorities

Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Screening - led by AWAKE

HB682 (Helton)/SB826 (Akbari) - Health Care

This bill requires facilities that employ licensed healthcare providers and deliver emergency care to patients to adopt protocols requiring training in the detection and treatment of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking; it also provides immunity from liability for the failure to detect, identify, or refer victims to local resources. (Aligns with Violence & Safety and Health & Wellness measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: assigned to Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations subcommittee; SB: assigned to Health & Welfare

Handgun Permit Surrender by Domestic Violence Offenders - led by AWAKE

HB1447 (Moody)/SB865 (Bowling) - Domestic Violence

This bill  requires a handgun carry permit holder convicted of domestic assault to surrender the permit to the court within 48 hours of conviction to be forwarded to the department of safety for revocation. Currently offenders are asked to transfer possession of guns only. (Aligns with Violence & Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee; SB: in Judiciary  Tuesday, April 2

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - led by A Better Balance

HB986 (Shaw)/SB758 (Yarbro) - Employees/Employers

The original intent of this bill prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. It has since been amended to weaken the bill beyond what would protect women. We will still follow this bill, but we will advocate for the bill below. (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: taken off notice; SB: assigned to Commerce & Labor

HB978 (Cooper)/SB57 (Gilmore) - Public Employees

This bill is a Pregnant Workers Fairness Act directed at public employers. We will pursue calls to action on this bill as it/ if it moves through committee.

Update: HB: in Public Service & Employees subcommittee Wednesday, April 3; SB: assigned to State & Local Government

Improving the Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Women and Their Pregnancies - led by Healthy & Free Tennessee

HB1240 (Camper)/SB1150 (Akbari)- Prisons and Reformatory Institutions

This bill restricts the use of physical restraints on pregnant inmates, requires regular prenatal and postpartum medical care for pregnant inmates, and prohibits the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates and inmates who have given birth within the past eight weeks. (Aligns with both Health & Wellness and Reproductive Rights measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: in Corrections subcommittee Tuesday, April 2; SB: in State & Local Government Tuesday, April 2.

Maintaining Past Gains

Ending Child Marriage in Tennessee

HB189 (Carter)/SB1376 (Yager)

This is simply a clean-up bill clarifying the definition of parent in the 2018 legislation eliminating child marriage and removing obsolete language about the marriage of minors from the code.

Update: PASSED

Combating Suicide in Tennessee

HB159 (Sexton)/SB1465 (Bailey)

As introduced, extends the Suicide Prevention Act of 2018 indefinitely; requires the department of health to compile data on the medications that were prescribed to those dying from suicide; requires that a report be made to the health committee of the house of representatives and the health and welfare committee of the senate no later than June 30, 2020, and by June 30 every two years thereafter.

Update: HB: passed Health, forwarded to Finance, Ways, & Means; SB: passed Health, sent to Finance, Ways, & Means

Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking

HB397 (Moody)/SB447 (Bell)

As introduced, establishes a victims of human trafficking fund in the state treasury to provide comprehensive treatment and support services to victims of human trafficking.

Update: HB: in Judiciary Wednesday, April 3; SB: final vote Monday, April 1.

49 to One Strategic Priorities

Firearms Restrictions for Offenders

HB1119 (Freeman)/SB1415 (Jackson) - Firearms and Ammunition

As introduced, creates a Class A misdemeanor of possessing a firearm if a person has a prior conviction of stalking. This was the number one priority issue in our 2018 Advocacy survey. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One Report.)

Update: HB: assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing; SB: assigned to Judiciary

HB1224 (Potts)/SB1025 (Yarbro) - Domestic Violence

This bill requires the court to order that a defendant convicted of domestic violence who transfers possession of firearms to a third party must have the third party complete and return to the court an affidavit certifying that the third party is not prohibited from possessing firearms, acknowledges receipt of firearms from the defendant, and accepts their responsibility under this section. This was our Voices priority issue. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: FAILED in Senate

Sexual Harassment Protections for Contract Workers

HB387 (Freeman)/SB380 (Yarbro) - Employees,Employers

This bill makes it a discriminatory practice for a person who is paying a non-employee for labor or services to engage in harassment of the non-employee because of the non-employee's sex; holds such persons liable for the actions of their employees in engaging in such harassment under certain circumstances. (Aligns with both the Employment and Earnings and Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.) (Follow also: HB81/SB986.)

Update: HB pushed to summer study; nothing will happen this year with this particular bill

Following HB81 (Johnson)/SB986 (Gilmore) for the rest of this session - it has very similar intentions

Sexual Harassment in Tennessee Government

HB594 (Beck)/SB1262 (Gresham)- Tort Liability and Reform

This bill declares settlement agreement provisions that have purpose or effect of concealing details relating to claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault as void and unenforceable and contrary to public policy of this state if settlement agreement is entered into by governmental entity; maintains confidentiality of victim's identity. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: Floor Vote Monday, April 1; SB: assigned to Judiciary

Equal Pay for Tennessee Women

HB216 (Clemmons)/SB255 (Kyle)- Sex Discrimination

This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Aligns with both the Employment & Earnings and Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: FAILED

Family  Leave Legislation

HB514 (Johnson)/SB647 (Kyle)- Employees, Employers

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee State Family Leave Act." (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: FAILED

Preventing Suspension of Drivers Licenses

HB839 (Lamberth)/SB1143 (Akbari)- Driver Licenses

This bill prevents suspension of a driver license for failure to pay fines or costs imposed for a driving offense if the person is indigent or enters into payment plan; requires person be issued restricted driver license until moneys owed the court are fully paid.  (Aligns with Poverty and Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: in Finance, Ways, & Means Wednesday, April 3; SB: in Transportation & Safety Wednesday, April 3

Childcare Expenses for Candidates for Public Office

HB7 (Powell)/SB86 (Akbari) - Campaigns and Campaign Finance

This bill authorizes the use of campaign funds for the child care expenditures of a candidate that are incurred by the candidate as a direct result of the candidate's participation in campaign-related events and activities. (Aligns with both Work & Family and Political Participation measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: FAILED

Restrictions on Public Vaping

HB97 (Howell)/SB26 (Gardenhire) - Tobacco, Tobacco Products

This bill  limits the places in which one may use vapor products. (Aligns with Health & Wellness measures from the 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: final vote Thursday, April 4; SB: PASSED

Additional Priority

Removing Statutes of Limitations on Child Sexual Assault Victims

HB286 (Coley)/SB368 (Massey) - was absorbed into HB565 (Dunn)/SB1252 (Gresham) - now following

This bill extends civil and criminal statutes of limitation for certain acts of abuse against minors and increases the penalty for intentional  failure to report child sexual abuse.

Update: HB: in Finance, Ways, & Means Wednesday, April3; SB: passed Committee, sent to Calendar for final vote

Limiting Firearms Possession for At Risk Individuals

HB754 (Smith)/SB1402 (Bell)- Firearms and Ammunition

This bill has been significantly amended, but we are still in strong support of this legislation. As amended, this bill prohibits the transfer of a firearm to a person who is mentally ill or in treatment as required for being a danger to oneself or to others.

Update: HB: passed committee, sent to Calendar; SB: assigned to Judiciary

Jeannine Carpenter
2019 Legislative Priorities Update!

Women’s Fund’s Proactive Legislative Priority

Post Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking (Expungement)

HB193 (Carter)/SB577 (Gardenhire) - Expunction

This bill permits an eligible survivor of human trafficking to have multiple, nonviolent convictions for offenses that resulted from his/her status as a victim of human trafficking expunged, easing access to basic necessities like employment, education, and housing. (Aligns with Poverty & Opportunity, Violence & Safety, and Employment & Earnings measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - passed subcommittee, in Judiciary Tuesday, March 26 or Wednesday, March 27; SB - passed committee, Final vote today, Monday, March 25

Partner Organizations’ Proactive Legislative Priorities

Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Screening - led by AWAKE

HB682 (Helton)/SB826 (Akbari) - Health Care

This bill requires facilities that employ licensed healthcare providers and deliver emergency care to patients to adopt protocols requiring training in the detection and treatment of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking; it also provides immunity from liability for the failure to detect, identify, or refer victims to local resources. (Aligns with Violence & Safety and Health & Wellness measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: assigned to Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations subcommittee; SB: assigned to Health & Welfare

Handgun Permit Surrender by Domestic Violence Offenders - led by AWAKE

HB1447 (Moody)/SB865 (Bowling) - Domestic Violence

This bill  requires a handgun carry permit holder convicted of domestic assault to surrender the permit to the court within 48 hours of conviction to be forwarded to the department of safety for revocation. Currently offenders are asked to transfer possession of guns only. (Aligns with Violence & Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee; SB: in Judiciary  Tuesday, March 26

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - led by A Better Balance

HB986 (Shaw)/SB758 (Yarbro) - Employees/Employers

The original intent of this bill prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. It has since been amended to weaken the bill beyond what would protect women. We will still follow this bill, but we will advocate for the bill below. (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: in Consumer & Human Resources today, Monday, March 25; SB: assigned to Commerce & Labor

HB978 (Cooper)/SB57 (Gilmore) - Public Employees

This bill is a Pregnant Workers Fairness Act directed at public employers. We will pursue calls to action on this bill as it/ if it moves through committee.

Improving the Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Women and Their Pregnancies - led by Healthy & Free Tennessee

HB1240 (Camper)/SB1150 (Akbari)- Prisons and Reformatory Institutions

This bill restricts the use of physical restraints on pregnant inmates, requires regular prenatal and postpartum medical care for pregnant inmates, and prohibits the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates and inmates who have given birth within the past eight weeks. (Aligns with both Health & Wellness and Reproductive Rights measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: assigned to Corrections subcommittee; SB: in State & Local Government Tuesday, March 26.

Maintaining Past Gains

Ending Child Marriage in Tennessee

HB189 (Carter)/SB1376 (Yager)

This is simply a clean-up bill clarifying the definition of parent in the 2018 legislation eliminating child marriage and removing obsolete language about the marriage of minors from the code.

Update: PASSED

Combating Suicide in Tennessee

HB159 (Sexton)/SB1465 (Bailey)

As introduced, extends the Suicide Prevention Act of 2018 indefinitely; requires the department of health to compile data on the medications that were prescribed to those dying from suicide; requires that a report be made to the health committee of the house of representatives and the health and welfare committee of the senate no later than June 30, 2020, and by June 30 every two years thereafter.

Update: passed subcommittee, in Health Tuesday, March 26; SB passed Health, sent to Finance, Ways, & Means

Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking

HB397 (Moody)/SB447 (Bell)

As introduced, establishes a victims of human trafficking fund in the state treasury to provide comprehensive treatment and support services to victims of human trafficking.

Update: HB: in Criminal Justice subcommittee Wednesday, March 27; SB: in Judiciary Tuesday, March 26

49 to One Strategic Priorities

Firearms Restrictions for Offenders

HB1119 (Freeman)/SB1415 (Jackson) - Firearms and Ammunition

As introduced, creates a Class A misdemeanor of possessing a firearm if a person has a prior conviction of stalking. This was the number one priority issue in our 2018 Advocacy survey. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One Report.)

Update: HB: assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing; SB: assigned to Judiciary

HB1224 (Potts)/SB1025 (Yarbro) - Domestic Violence

This bill requires the court to order that a defendant convicted of domestic violence who transfers possession of firearms to a third party must have the third party complete and return to the court an affidavit certifying that the third party is not prohibited from possessing firearms, acknowledges receipt of firearms from the defendant, and accepts their responsibility under this section. This was our Voices priority issue. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: in Constitutional Protections & Sentencing Wednesday, March 27; SB: in Judiciary Tuesday, March 26

Sexual Harassment Protections for Contract Workers

HB387 (Freeman)/SB380 (Yarbro) - Employees,Employers

This bill makes it a discriminatory practice for a person who is paying a non-employee for labor or services to engage in harassment of the non-employee because of the non-employee's sex; holds such persons liable for the actions of their employees in engaging in such harassment under certain circumstances. (Aligns with both the Employment and Earnings and Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.) (Follow also: HB81/SB986.)

Update: HB pushed to summer study; nothing will happen this year with this particular bill

Following HB81 (Johnson)/SB986 (Gilmore) for the rest of this session - it has very similar intentions

Sexual Harassment in Tennessee Government

HB594 (Beck)/SB1262 (Gresham)- Tort Liability and Reform

This bill declares settlement agreement provisions that have purpose or effect of concealing details relating to claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault as void and unenforceable and contrary to public policy of this state if settlement agreement is entered into by governmental entity; maintains confidentiality of victim's identity. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: passed committee, sent to Calendar; SB: assigned to Judiciary

Equal Pay for Tennessee Women

HB216 (Clemmons)/SB255 (Kyle)- Sex Discrimination

This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Aligns with both the Employment & Earnings and Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: FAILED

Family  Leave Legislation

HB514 (Johnson)/SB647 (Kyle)- Employees, Employers

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee State Family Leave Act." (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: FAILED

Preventing Suspension of Drivers Licenses

HB839 (Lamberth)/SB1143 (Akbari)- Driver Licenses

This bill prevents suspension of a driver license for failure to pay fines or costs imposed for a driving offense if the person is indigent or enters into payment plan; requires person be issued restricted driver license until moneys owed the court are fully paid.  (Aligns with Poverty and Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: in Transportation Tuesday, March 26; SB: in Transportation & Safety Wednesday, March 27

Childcare Expenses for Candidates for Public Office

HB7 (Powell)/SB86 (Akbari) - Campaigns and Campaign Finance

This bill authorizes the use of campaign funds for the child care expenditures of a candidate that are incurred by the candidate as a direct result of the candidate's participation in campaign-related events and activities. (Aligns with both Work & Family and Political Participation measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: FAILED

Restrictions on Public Vaping

HB97 (Howell)/SB26 (Gardenhire) - Tobacco, Tobacco Products

This bill  limits the places in which one may use vapor products. (Aligns with Health & Wellness measures from the 49 to One report.)

Update: HB: in Health Tuesday, March 26; SB: PASSED

Additional Priority

Removing Statutes of Limitations on Child Sexual Assault Victims

HB286 (Coley)/SB368 (Massey) - was absorbed into HB565 (Dunn)/SB1252 (Gresham) - now following

This bill extends civil and criminal statutes of limitation for certain acts of abuse against minors and increases the penalty for intentional  failure to report child sexual abuse.

Update: HB: in Judiciary Tuesday, March 26; SB: passed Committee, sent to Calendar for final vote

Limiting Firearms Possession for At Risk Individuals

HB754 (Smith)/SB1402 (Bell)- Firearms and Ammunition

This bill has been significantly amended, but we are still in strong support of this legislation. As amended, this bill prohibits the transfer of a firearm to a person who is mentally ill or in treatment as required for being a danger to oneself or to others.

Update: HB: in Judiciary Tuesday, March 26 or Wednesday, March 27; SB: assigned to Judiciary

Jeannine Carpenter
2019 Updated Legislative Priority List

Post Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking (Expungement)

HB193/SB577 - Expunction

This bill permits an eligible survivor of human trafficking to have multiple, nonviolent convictions for offenses that resulted from his/her status as a victim of human trafficking expunged, easing access to basic necessities like employment, education, and housing. (Aligns with Poverty & Opportunity, Violence & Safety, and Employment & Earnings measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Constitutional Protections and Sentencing subcommittee - March 20; SB - Scheduled in Judiciary - March 19

Partner Organizations’ Proactive Legislative Priorities

Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Screening - led by AWAKE

HB682/SB826 - Health Care

This bill requires facilities that employ licensed healthcare providers and deliver emergency care to patients to adopt protocols requiring training in the detection and treatment of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking; it also provides immunity from liability for the failure to detect, identify, or refer victims to local resources. (Aligns with Violence & Safety and Health & Wellness measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Health & Wellness

Handgun Permit Surrender by Domestic Violence Offenders - led by AWAKE

HB1447/SB865 - Domestic Violence

This bill  requires a handgun carry permit holder convicted of domestic assault to surrender the permit to the court within 48 hours of conviction to be forwarded to the department of safety for revocation. Currently offenders are asked to transfer possession of guns only. (Aligns with Violence & Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB  - Assigned to  Constitutional Protections and Sentencing subcommittee; SB:Scheduled in Judiciary for March 26

Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act - led by A Better Balance

HB986/SB758 - Employees/Employers

This bill prohibits public employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - scheduled in Employee Affairs subcommittee for March 19; SB: Assigned to Commerce & Labor

Improving the Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Women and Their Pregnancies - led by Healthy & Free Tennessee

HB1240/SB1150 - Prisons and Reformatory Institutions

This bill restricts the use of physical restraints on pregnant inmates, requires regular prenatal and postpartum medical care for pregnant inmates, and prohibits the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates and inmates who have given birth within the past eight weeks. (Aligns with both Health & Wellness and Reproductive Rights measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Corrections subcommittee; SB - Assigned to State & Local Government

Maintaining Past Gains

Ending Child Marriage in Tennessee

HB189/SB1376 - Marriage

This is simply a clean-up bill clarifying the definition of parent in the 2018 legislation eliminating child marriage and removing obsolete language about the marriage of minors from the code.

Update: PASSED

Combating Suicide in Tennessee

HB159/SB1465 - Health Care

As introduced, extends the Suicide Prevention Act of 2018 indefinitely; requires the department of health to compile data on the medications that were prescribed to those dying from suicide; requires that a report be made to the health committee of the house of representatives and the health and welfare committee of the senate no later than June 30, 2020, and by June 30 every two years thereafter.

Update: HB - Scheduled in Health Committee March 26; SB  - Scheduled in Health & Welfare March 20

Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking

HB397/SB447 - Public Funds and Financing

As introduced, establishes a victims of human trafficking fund in the state treasury to provide comprehensive treatment and support services to victims of human trafficking.

Update: HB  - Assigned to Criminal Justice subcommittee; SB - Assigned to General Subcommittee of Judiciary

49 to One Strategic Priorities

Firearms Restrictions for Offenders

HB1119/SB1415 - Firearms and Ammunition

As introduced, creates a Class A misdemeanor of possessing a firearm if a person has a prior conviction of stalking. This was the number one priority issue in our 2018 Advocacy survey. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One Report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

HB1224/SB1025 - Domestic Violence

This bill requires the court to order that a defendant convicted of domestic violence who transfers possession of firearms to a third party must have the third party complete and return to the court an affidavit certifying that the third party is not prohibited from possessing firearms, acknowledges receipt of firearms from the defendant, and accepts their responsibility under this section. This was our Voices priority issue. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled inConstitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee March 13; SB - Scheduled  in Judiciary March 26

Sexual Harassment Protections for Contract Workers

HB387/SB380 - Employees,Employers

This bill makes it a discriminatory practice for a person who is paying a non-employee for labor or services to engage in harassment of the non-employee because of the non-employee's sex; holds such persons liable for the actions of their employees in engaging in such harassment under certain circumstances. (Aligns with both the Employment and Earnings and Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.) (Follow also: HB81/SB986.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Employee Affairs subcommittee March 19; SB - Assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Sexual Harassment in Tennessee Government

HB594/SB1262 - Tort Liability and Reform

This bill declares settlement agreement provisions that have purpose or effect of concealing details relating to claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault as void and unenforceable and contrary to public policy of this state if settlement agreement is entered into by governmental entity; maintains confidentiality of victim's identity. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Judiciary March 20;  SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Equal Pay for Tennessee Women

HB216/SB255 - Sex Discrimination

This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Aligns with both the Employment & Earnings and Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Employee Affairs subcommittee March 19; SB - Assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Family  Leave Legislation

HB514/SB647 - Employees, Employers

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee State Family Leave Act." (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Employee Affairs subcommittee March 19; SB assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Preventing Suspension of Drivers Licenses

HB839/SB1143 - Driver Licenses

This bill prevents suspension of a driver license for failure to pay fines or costs imposed for a driving offense if the person is indigent or enters into payment plan; requires person be issued restricted driver license until moneys owed the court are fully paid.  (Aligns with Poverty and Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Transportation Committee March 19;  SB - Scheduled in Transportation & Safety March 20

Childcare Expenses for Candidates for Public Office

HB7/SB86 - Campaigns and Campaign Finance

This bill authorizes the use of campaign funds for the child care expenditures of a candidate that are incurred by the candidate as a direct result of the candidate's participation in campaign-related events and activities. (Aligns with both Work & Family and Political Participation measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: FAILED in House Subcommittee

Restrictions on Public Vaping

HB97/SB26 - Tobacco, Tobacco Products

This bill  limits the places in which one may use vapor products. (Aligns with Health & Wellness measures from the 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Public Health subcommittee March 20; SB - Passed.

Additional Priority

Removing Statutes of Limitations on Child Sexual Assault Victims

HB286/SB368 - Statutes of Limitation and Repose

This bill removes the statute of limitations for prosecution of certain Class A or Class B felony sex offenses committed against a child on or after July 1, 2019, and deletes a provision that sets a lower statute of limitations for aggravated rape, rape of a child, rape, and aggravated rape of a child if notice of the offense is not given to law enforcement within three years of the offense. (Follow also HB285/SB18; HB112/SB592; HB140/SB1131; HB660/SB545; HB1035/SB954.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Criminal Justice subcommittee March 20.; SB - Sent to Calendar to schedule Final Floor Vote

Limiting Firearms Possession for At Risk Individuals

HB754/SB1402 - Firearms and Ammunition

This bill prohibits certain persons voluntarily admitted to a mental health treatment facility from possessing a firearm.

Update: HB - Scheduled in Constitutional Protections & Sentencing March 20; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Jeannine Carpenter
2019 Updated Legislative Priority List

Post Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking (Expungement)

HB193/SB577 - Expunction

This bill permits an eligible survivor of human trafficking to have multiple, nonviolent convictions for offenses that resulted from his/her status as a victim of human trafficking expunged, easing access to basic necessities like employment, education, and housing. (Aligns with Poverty & Opportunity, Violence & Safety, and Employment & Earnings measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Constitutional Protections and Sentencing subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Partner Organizations’ Proactive Legislative Priorities

Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Screening - led by AWAKE

HB682/SB826 - Health Care

This bill requires facilities that employ licensed healthcare providers and deliver emergency care to patients to adopt protocols requiring training in the detection and treatment of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking; it also provides immunity from liability for the failure to detect, identify, or refer victims to local resources. (Aligns with Violence & Safety and Health & Wellness measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Health & Wellness

Handgun Permit Surrender by Domestic Violence Offenders - led by AWAKE

HB1447/SB865 - Domestic Violence

This bill  requires a handgun carry permit holder convicted of domestic assault to surrender the permit to the court within 48 hours of conviction to be forwarded to the department of safety for revocation. Currently offenders are asked to transfer possession of guns only. (Aligns with Violence & Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB  - Assigned to  Constitutional Protections and Sentencing subcommittee; SB:Scheduled in Judiciary for March 12

Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act - led by A Better Balance

HB986/SB758 - Employees/Employers

This bill prohibits public employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - scheduled in Employee Affairs subcommittee for March 12; SB: Assigned to Commerce & Labor

Improving the Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Women and Their Pregnancies - led by Healthy & Free Tennessee

HB1240/SB1150 - Prisons and Reformatory Institutions

This bill restricts the use of physical restraints on pregnant inmates, requires regular prenatal and postpartum medical care for pregnant inmates, and prohibits the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates and inmates who have given birth within the past eight weeks. (Aligns with both Health & Wellness and Reproductive Rights measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Corrections subcommittee; SB - Assigned to State & Local Government

Maintaining Past Gains

Ending Child Marriage in Tennessee

HB189/SB1376 - Marriage

This is simply a clean-up bill clarifying the definition of parent in the 2018 legislation eliminating child marriage and removing obsolete language about the marriage of minors from the code.

Update: HB  - Passed as filed; SB - recommended for pass, sent to Calendar Committee

Combating Suicide in Tennessee

HB159/SB1465 - Health Care

As introduced, extends the Suicide Prevention Act of 2018 indefinitely; requires the department of health to compile data on the medications that were prescribed to those dying from suicide; requires that a report be made to the health committee of the house of representatives and the health and welfare committee of the senate no later than June 30, 2020, and by June 30 every two years thereafter.

Update: HB - Scheduled in Health Committee March 12; SB  - Assigned to Health & Welfare

Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking

HB397/SB447 - Public Funds and Financing

As introduced, establishes a victims of human trafficking fund in the state treasury to provide comprehensive treatment and support services to victims of human trafficking.

Update: HB  - Assigned to Criminal Justice subcommittee; SB - Assigned to General Subcommittee of Judiciary

49 to One Strategic Priorities

Firearms Restrictions for Offenders

HB1119/SB1415 - Firearms and Ammunition

As introduced, creates a Class A misdemeanor of possessing a firearm if a person has a prior conviction of stalking. This was the number one priority issue in our 2018 Advocacy survey. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One Report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

HB1224/SB1025 - Domestic Violence

This bill requires the court to order that a defendant convicted of domestic violence who transfers possession of firearms to a third party must have the third party complete and return to the court an affidavit certifying that the third party is not prohibited from possessing firearms, acknowledges receipt of firearms from the defendant, and accepts their responsibility under this section. This was our Voices priority issue. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled inConstitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee March 13; SB - Scheduled  in Judiciary March 12

Sexual Harassment Protections for Contract Workers

HB387/SB380 - Employees,Employers

This bill makes it a discriminatory practice for a person who is paying a non-employee for labor or services to engage in harassment of the non-employee because of the non-employee's sex; holds such persons liable for the actions of their employees in engaging in such harassment under certain circumstances. (Aligns with both the Employment and Earnings and Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.) (Follow also: HB81/SB986.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Employee Affairs subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Sexual Harassment in Tennessee Government

HB594/SB1262 - Tort Liability and Reform

This bill declares settlement agreement provisions that have purpose or effect of concealing details relating to claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault as void and unenforceable and contrary to public policy of this state if settlement agreement is entered into by governmental entity; maintains confidentiality of victim's identity. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Sent back to Civil Justice Subcommittee March 12;  SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Equal Pay for Tennessee Women

HB216/SB255 - Sex Discrimination

This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Aligns with both the Employment & Earnings and Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Employee Affairs subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Family  Leave Legislation

HB514/SB647 - Employees, Employers

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee State Family Leave Act." (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Employee Affairs subcommittee; SB assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Preventing Suspension of Drivers Licenses

HB839/SB1143 - Driver Licenses

This bill prevents suspension of a driver license for failure to pay fines or costs imposed for a driving offense if the person is indigent or enters into payment plan; requires person be issued restricted driver license until moneys owed the court are fully paid.  (Aligns with Poverty and Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Safety & Funding subcommittee March 12;  SB - Assigned to Transportation & Safety

Childcare Expenses for Candidates for Public Office

HB7/SB86 - Campaigns and Campaign Finance

This bill authorizes the use of campaign funds for the child care expenditures of a candidate that are incurred by the candidate as a direct result of the candidate's participation in campaign-related events and activities. (Aligns with both Work & Family and Political Participation measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Rescheduled in  Elections and Campaign Finance subcommittee 13 March; SB - Scheduled in  State and Local Government 19 March

Restrictions on Public Vaping

HB97/SB26 - Tobacco, Tobacco Products

This bill  limits the places in which one may use vapor products. (Aligns with Health & Wellness measures from the 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Public Health subcommittee; SB - Passed.

Additional Priority

Removing Statutes of Limitations on Child Sexual Assault Victims

HB286/SB368 - Statutes of Limitation and Repose

This bill removes the statute of limitations for prosecution of certain Class A or Class B felony sex offenses committed against a child on or after July 1, 2019, and deletes a provision that sets a lower statute of limitations for aggravated rape, rape of a child, rape, and aggravated rape of a child if notice of the offense is not given to law enforcement within three years of the offense. (Follow also HB285/SB18; HB112/SB592; HB140/SB1131; HB660/SB545; HB1035/SB954.)

Update: HB - Currently off notice in Criminal Justice subcommittee.; SB - Sent to Calendar to Schedule Final Floor Vote

Limiting Firearms Possession for At Risk Individuals

HB754/SB1402 - Firearms and Ammunition

This bill prohibits certain persons voluntarily admitted to a mental health treatment facility from possessing a firearm.

Update: HB - Currently off notice  in Constitutional Protections & Sentencing; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Jeannine Carpenter
2019 Updated Legislative Priorities List

Women’s Fund’s Proactive Legislative Priority

Post Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking (Expungement)

HB193/SB577 - Expunction

This bill permits an eligible survivor of human trafficking to have multiple, nonviolent convictions for offenses that resulted from his/her status as a victim of human trafficking expunged, easing access to basic necessities like employment, education, and housing. (Aligns with Poverty & Opportunity, Violence & Safety, and Employment & Earnings measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Constitutional Protections and Sentencing subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Partner Organizations’ Proactive Legislative Priorities

Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Screening - led by AWAKE

HB682/SB826 - Health Care

This bill requires facilities that employ licensed healthcare providers and deliver emergency care to patients to adopt protocols requiring training in the detection and treatment of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking; it also provides immunity from liability for the failure to detect, identify, or refer victims to local resources. (Aligns with Violence & Safety and Health & Wellness measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Health & Wellness

Handgun Permit Surrender by Domestic Violence Offenders - led by AWAKE

HB1447/SB865 - Domestic Violence

This bill  requires a handgun carry permit holder convicted of domestic assault to surrender the permit to the court within 48 hours of conviction to be forwarded to the department of safety for revocation. Currently offenders are asked to transfer possession of guns only. (Aligns with Violence & Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB  - Assigned to Constitutional Protections and Sentencing subcommittee; SB: Assigned to Judiciary

Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act - led by A Better Balance

HB986/SB758 - Employees/Employers

This bill prohibits public employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - currently off notice in Employee Affairs subcommittee; SB: Assigned to Commerce & Labor

Improving the Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Women and Their Pregnancies - led by Healthy & Free Tennessee

HB1240/SB1150 - Prisons and Reformatory Institutions

This bill restricts the use of physical restraints on pregnant inmates, requires regular prenatal and postpartum medical care for pregnant inmates, and prohibits the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates and inmates who have given birth within the past eight weeks. (Aligns with both Health & Wellness and Reproductive Rights measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Corrections subcommittee; SB - Assigned to State & Local Government

Maintaining Past Gains

Ending Child Marriage in Tennessee

HB189/SB1376 - Marriage

This is simply a clean-up bill clarifying the definition of parent in the 2018 legislation eliminating child marriage and removing obsolete language about the marriage of minors from the code.

Update: HB  - scheduled for Floor vote on 7 March; SB - Scheduled in Judiciary 5 March

Combating Suicide in Tennessee

HB159/SB1465 - Health Care

As introduced, extends the Suicide Prevention Act of 2018 indefinitely; requires the department of health to compile data on the medications that were prescribed to those dying from suicide; requires that a report be made to the health committee of the house of representatives and the health and welfare committee of the senate no later than June 30, 2020, and by June 30 every two years thereafter.

Update: HB - Scheduled in  Mental Health and Substance Abuse subcommittee 6 March; SB  - Assigned to Health & Welfare

Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking

HB397/SB447 - Public Funds and Financing

As introduced, establishes a victims of human trafficking fund in the state treasury to provide comprehensive treatment and support services to victims of human trafficking.

Update: HB  - Assigned to Criminal Justice subcommittee; SB - Scheduled in Judiciary 5 March

49 to One Strategic Priorities

Firearms Restrictions for Offenders

HB1119/SB1415 - Firearms and Ammunition

As introduced, creates a Class A misdemeanor of possessing a firearm if a person has a prior conviction of stalking. This was the number one priority issue in our 2018 Advocacy survey. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One Report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

HB1224/SB1025 - Domestic Violence

This bill requires the court to order that a defendant convicted of domestic violence who transfers possession of firearms to a third party must have the third party complete and return to the court an affidavit certifying that the third party is not prohibited from possessing firearms, acknowledges receipt of firearms from the defendant, and accepts their responsibility under this section. This was our Voices priority issue. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Constitutional Protections & Sentencing subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Sexual Harassment Protections for Contract Workers

HB387/SB380 - Employees,Employers

This bill makes it a discriminatory practice for a person who is paying a non-employee for labor or services to engage in harassment of the non-employee because of the non-employee's sex; holds such persons liable for the actions of their employees in engaging in such harassment under certain circumstances. (Aligns with both the Employment and Earnings and Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.) (Follow also: HB81/SB986.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Employee Affairs subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Sexual Harassment in Tennessee Government

HB594/SB1262 - Tort Liability and Reform

This bill declares settlement agreement provisions that have purpose or effect of concealing details relating to claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault as void and unenforceable and contrary to public policy of this state if settlement agreement is entered into by governmental entity; maintains confidentiality of victim's identity. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Scheduled in Judiciary 6 March;  SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Equal Pay for Tennessee Women

HB216/SB255 - Sex Discrimination

This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Aligns with both the Employment & Earnings and Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Employee Affairs subcommittee; SB - Assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Family  Leave Legislation

HB514/SB647 - Employees, Employers

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee State Family Leave Act." (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Employee Affairs subcommittee; SB assigned to Commerce & Labor.

Preventing Suspension of Drivers Licenses

HB839/SB1143 - Driver Licenses

This bill prevents suspension of a driver license for failure to pay fines or costs imposed for a driving offense if the person is indigent or enters into payment plan; requires person be issued restricted driver license until moneys owed the court are fully paid.  (Aligns with Poverty and Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Safety & Funding subcommittee;  SB - Assigned to Transportation & Safety

Childcare Expenses for Candidates for Public Office

HB7/SB86 - Campaigns and Campaign Finance

This bill authorizes the use of campaign funds for the child care expenditures of a candidate that are incurred by the candidate as a direct result of the candidate's participation in campaign-related events and activities. (Aligns with both Work & Family and Political Participation measures from 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Rescheduled in  Elections and Campaign Finance subcommittee 13 March; SB - Scheduled in  State and Local Government 19 March

Restrictions on Public Vaping

HB97/SB26 - Tobacco, Tobacco Products

This bill  limits the places in which one may use vapor products. (Aligns with Health & Wellness measures from the 49 to One report.)

Update: HB - Assigned to Public Health subcommittee; SB - Sent to Calendar to Schedule Final Floor Vote.

Additional Priority

Removing Statutes of Limitations on Child Sexual Assault Victims

HB286/SB368 - Statutes of Limitation and Repose

This bill removes the statute of limitations for prosecution of certain Class A or Class B felony sex offenses committed against a child on or after July 1, 2019, and deletes a provision that sets a lower statute of limitations for aggravated rape, rape of a child, rape, and aggravated rape of a child if notice of the offense is not given to law enforcement within three years of the offense. (Follow also HB285/SB18; HB112/SB592; HB140/SB1131; HB660/SB545; HB1035/SB954.)

Update: HB - Currently off notice in Criminal Justice subcommittee.; SB - Sent to Calendar to Schedule Final Floor Vote

Limiting Firearms Possession for At Risk Individuals

HB754/SB1402 - Firearms and Ammunition

This bill prohibits certain persons voluntarily admitted to a mental health treatment facility from possessing a firearm.

Update: HB - Scheduled in Constitutional Protections & Sentencing 6 March; SB - Assigned to Judiciary

Jeannine Carpenter
Our 2019 Legislative Priorities

Below are the bills that the Women’s Fund has designated as legislative priorities for this session of the Tennessee General Assembly. This list includes bills that touch on each of the 49 to One report priority areas, as well as some that continue the work that the Women’s Fund has prioritized in previous years (Maintaining Past Gains). This year’s list also includes a number of bills that are being led by our partner organizations across the state - if we want to move Tennessee from 49 to One, it’s going to require the collaborative efforts of all of the women working so hard to improve lives in Tennessee. This list of bills certainly doesn’t include every bill impacting women and girls in our state, so we will be watching all of the action in our legislature and providing updates to keep you informed about actions you can take to help make progress for women in our state. It’s going to be a big year in Nashville. As always, if you have any questions or if you want to join our efforts to move Tennessee from 49 to One in the Status of Women, please reach out - we’d love to meet you!

Women’s Fund’s Proactive Legislative Priority

Post Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking (Expungement)

HB193/SB577 - Expunction - This bill permits an eligible survivor of human trafficking to have multiple, nonviolent convictions for offenses that resulted from his/her status as a victim of human trafficking expunged, easing access to basic necessities like employment, education, and housing. (Aligns with Poverty & Opportunity, Violence & Safety, and Employment & Earnings measures from 49 to One report.)

Partner Organizations’ Proactive Legislative Priorities

Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Screening - led by AWAKE

HB682/SB826 - Health Care - This bill requires facilities that employ licensed healthcare providers and deliver emergency care to patients to adopt protocols requiring training in the detection and treatment of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking; it also provides immunity from liability for the failure to detect, identify, or refer victims to local resources. (Aligns with Violence & Safety and Health & Wellness measures from 49 to One report.)

Handgun Permit Surrender by Domestic Violence Offenders - led by AWAKE

HB1447/SB865 - Domestic Violence - This bill requires a handgun carry permit holder convicted of domestic assault to surrender the permit to the court within 48 hours of conviction to be forwarded to the department of safety for revocation. Currently offenders are asked to transfer possession of guns only. (Aligns with Violence & Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act - led by A Better Balance

HB986/SB758 - Employees/Employers - This bill prohibits public employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Improving the Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Women and Their Pregnancies - led by Healthy & Free Tennessee

HB1240/SB1150 - Prisons and Reformatory Institutions - This bill restricts the use of physical restraints on pregnant inmates, requires regular prenatal and postpartum medical care for pregnant inmates, and prohibits the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates and inmates who have given birth within the past eight weeks. (Aligns with both Health & Wellness and Reproductive Rights measures from 49 to One report.)

Maintaining Past Gains

Ending Child Marriage in Tennessee

HB189/SB1376 - Marriage - This is simply a clean-up bill clarifying the definition of parent in the 2018 legislation eliminating child marriage and removing obsolete language about the marriage of minors from the code.

Combating Suicide in Tennessee

HB159/SB1465 - Health Care - As introduced, extends the Suicide Prevention Act of 2018 indefinitely; requires the department of health to compile data on the medications that were prescribed to those dying from suicide; requires that a report be made to the health committee of the house of representatives and the health and welfare committee of the senate no later than June 30, 2020, and by June 30 every two years thereafter.

Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking

HB397/SB447 - Public Funds & Financing - As introduced, establishes a victims of human trafficking fund in the state treasury to provide comprehensive treatment and support services to victims of human trafficking.

49 to One Strategic Priorities

Firearms Restrictions for Offenders

HB1119/SB1415 - Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, creates a Class A misdemeanor of possessing a firearm if a person has a prior conviction of stalking. This was the number one priority issue in our 2018 Advocacy survey. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One Report.)

HB1224/SB1025 - Domestic Violence - This bill requires the court to order that a defendant convicted of domestic violence who transfers possession of firearms to a third party must have the third party complete and return to the court an affidavit certifying that the third party is not prohibited from possessing firearms, acknowledges receipt of firearms from the defendant, and accepts their responsibility under this section. This was our Voices priority issue. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Sexual Harassment Protections for Contract Workers

HB387/SB380 - Employees,Employers - This bill makes it a discriminatory practice for a person who is paying a non-employee for labor or services to engage in harassment of the non-employee because of the non-employee's sex; holds such persons liable for the actions of their employees in engaging in such harassment under certain circumstances. (Aligns with both the Employment and Earnings and Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.) (Follow also: HB81/SB986.)

Sexual Harassment in Tennessee Government

HB594/SB1262 - Tort Liability and Reform - This bill declares settlement agreement provisions that have purpose or effect of concealing details relating to claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault as void and unenforceable and contrary to public policy of this state if settlement agreement is entered into by governmental entity; maintains confidentiality of victim's identity. (Aligns with Violence and Safety measures from 49 to One report.)

Equal Pay for Tennessee Women

HB216/SB255 - Sex Discrimination - This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Aligns with both the Employment & Earnings and Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Family Leave Legislation

HB514/SB647 - Employees, Employers - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee State Family Leave Act." (Aligns with Work & Family measures from 49 to One report.)

Preventing Suspension of Drivers Licenses

HB839/SB1143 - Driver Licenses - This bill prevents suspension of a driver license for failure to pay fines or costs imposed for a driving offense if the person is indigent or enters into payment plan; requires person be issued restricted driver license until moneys owed the court are fully paid. (Aligns with Poverty and Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.)

Childcare Expenses for Candidates for Public Office

HB7/SB86 - Campaigns and Campaign Finance - This bill authorizes the use of campaign funds for the child care expenditures of a candidate that are incurred by the candidate as a direct result of the candidate's participation in campaign-related events and activities. (Aligns with both Work & Family and Political Participation measures from 49 to One report.)

Restrictions on Public Vaping

HB97/SB26 - Tobacco, Tobacco Products - This bill limits the places in which one may use vapor products. (Aligns with Health & Wellness measures from the 49 to One report.)

Additional Priority

Removing Statutes of Limitations on Child Sexual Assault Victims

HB286/SB368 - Statutes of Limitation and Repose - This bill removes the statute of limitations for prosecution of certain Class A or Class B felony sex offenses committed against a child on or after July 1, 2019, and deletes a provision that sets a lower statute of limitations for aggravated rape, rape of a child, rape, and aggravated rape of a child if notice of the offense is not given to law enforcement within three years of the offense. (Follow also HB285/SB18; HB112/SB592; HB140/SB1131; HB660/SB545; HB1035/SB954.)

Jeannine Carpenter
Final Legislative Update of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly

Thank you to everyone who made a phone call, sent a postcard, wrote a letter, visited a legislator, emailed a legislator or spread the word about the important issues that we prioritized this legislative session. This is the final week of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, and as of this afternoon, all of our priority bills have completed their moves through the House and Senate. 

The Women's Fund had three significant wins this year, and we also have a number of bills that were not written into law, but that we anticipate returning to the General Assembly stronger and with greater public awareness next year. 

Below is the final update on our priority list organized by 49 to One areas. 

POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

HB2372/SB1488 - Election Laws - This bill lengthens the voter registration period to 15 days before an election instead of 30 days before an election. PositionSupport

Update: HB2372 was assigned to the Local Government subcommittee and SB1488 was assigned to the general subcommittee of State and Local Government. Neither bill saw movement after committee assignment.

VIOLENCE & SAFETY

HB1984/SB2130 - Sexual Harassment - This bill allows a contract employee to bring a sexual harassment action against the entity to which the person is under contract in certain situations. (Also aligns with the Employment and Earnings measures from 49 to One report.) PositionSupport

Update: HB1984 was taken off notice in the Consumer and Human Resource subcommittee on March 14 because it did not have the support to pass this year. We are hopeful it will be reintroduced next year.  

EMPLOYMENT & EARNINGS

HB1904/SB1863 - Tennessee Pay Equality Act - This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Also aligns with Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.) PositionSupport

Update: HB1904 was taken off notice in the Consumer and Human Resource subcommittee on March 14; We do not anticipate any movement for the Tennessee Pay Equality Act this session. This bill likely will be introduced every year until it passes. 

HB 1861/SB1769 - Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence - This bill establishes employment protections for people who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault to attend court, meet with law enforcement, attend counseling, or find new housing. PositionSupport

Update: SB1769 failed in Judiciary Committee. 

WORK & FAMILY

HB1985/SB2092 - Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act - This bill prohibits public employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. PositionSupport

Update: HB1985 failed in State Government Committee. We anticipate that it will continue to be introduced each year until it passes.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

HB2164/SB1510 - Family Life Curriculum - This bill requires instruction on the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse as part of a family life curriculum and extends immunity from a cause of action to instructors or organizations providing such instruction. PositionSupport

Update: Passed!

HB1506/SB1491 - Infant Mortality Reduction Program Act - This bill enacts the "Infant Mortality Reduction Program Act," which creates a program for the distribution of baby boxes to parents at the birth of their child. PositionSupport

Update: HB1506 was taken off notice in the Health subcommittee on March 7; We anticipate this bill being reintroduced next year with a decreased fiscal note and increased public awareness.  

HB 2627/SB2185 - Insurance Coverage/Access to contraception - This bill requires all health benefit plans to provide coverage for contraception and other women's preventive health services (Also aligns with Health & Well-Being measures from 49 to One report.) PositionSupport

Update: HB2627 failed in the House Insurance and Banking subcommittee. 

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

HB1961/SB1949 - Suicide Mortality Review and Prevention Act - In accordance with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention as issued by the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, this bill forms and implements the recommended state-based suicide mortality reviews to institute the systemic changes needed to decrease suicide mortality. PositionSupport

Update: Passed! 

ADDITIONAL PRIORITY

Marriage Age Amendment attached to HB2134/SB2268- This amendment restricts marriage to persons 17 years of age or older and restricts the age of the person marrying a 17 year-old to 21 or younger. This amendment also annuls forced or coerced marriages and implements a cause of action against those who forced or coerced a person into marriage. PositionSupport

Update: Passed!

Jeannine Carpenter
Legislative Agenda - Updated April 2, 2018

This TN Legislative Session is winding down quickly, but some bills of interest are still active in committees and moving toward the Floor for votes. The bills listed below are those that the Women’s Fund designated as legislative priorities for this session of the Tennessee General Assembly. Below each bill, we have updated the current progress of the bill in the Senate and House. If you are interested in finding the names and contact information of committee members for each bill, visit the Tennessee General Assembly site. 

POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

HB2372/SB1488 - Election Laws - This bill lengthens the voter registration period to 15 days before an election instead of 30 days before an election. PositionSupport

HB2372 has been assigned to the Local Government subcommittee; SB1488 has been assigned to the general subcommittee of State and Local Government. Neither bill has seen movement since being assigned to committee.

VIOLENCE & SAFETY

HB1984/SB2130 - Sexual Harassment - This bill allows a contract employee to bring a sexual harassment action against the entity to which the person is under contract in certain situations. (Also aligns with the Employment and Earnings measures from 49 to One report.) PositionSupport

HB1984 was taken off notice in the Consumer and Human Resource subcommittee on March 14 because it did not have the support to pass this year. We are hopeful it will be reintroduced next year.  

EMPLOYMENT & EARNINGS

HB1904/SB1863 - Tennessee Pay Equality Act - This bill forbids discrimination by an employer on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less than than that paid to any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work, performance, skill and responsibility in similar working conditions. (Also aligns with Poverty & Opportunity measures from 49 to One report.) PositionSupport

HB1904 was taken off notice in the Consumer and Human Resource subcommittee on March 14; We do not anticipate any movement for the Tennessee Pay Equality Act this session. 

HB 1861/SB1769 - Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence - This bill establishes employment protections for people who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault to attend court, meet with law enforcement, attend counseling, or find new housing. PositionSupport

SB1769 failed in Judiciary Committee. 

WORK & FAMILY

HB1985/SB2092 - Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act - This bill prohibits public employers from discriminating against applicants and employees with pregnancy-related conditions by not providing them with reasonable accommodations. PositionSupport

HB1985 failed in State Government Committee.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

HB2164/SB1510 - Family Life Curriculum - This bill requires instruction on the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse as part of a family life curriculum and extends immunity from a cause of action to instructors or organizations providing such instruction. PositionSupport

Passed!

HB1506/SB1491 - Infant Mortality Reduction Program Act - This bill enacts the "Infant Mortality Reduction Program Act," which creates a program for the distribution of baby boxes to parents at the birth of their child. PositionSupport

HB1506 was taken off notice in the Health subcommittee on March 7; We anticipate this bill being reintroduced next year with a decreased fiscal note and increased public awareness.  

HB 2627/SB2185 - Insurance Coverage/Access to contraception - This bill requires all health benefit plans to provide coverage for contraception and other women's preventive health services (Also aligns with Health & Well-Being measures from 49 to One report.) PositionSupport

HB2627 failed in the House Insurance and Banking subcommittee. 

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

HB1961/SB1949 - Suicide Mortality Review and Prevention Act - In accordance with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention as issued by the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, this bill forms and implements the recommended state-based suicide mortality reviews to institute the systemic changes needed to decrease suicide mortality. PositionSupport

HB1961 is on the calendar for Finance, Ways, and Means but is currently placed behind the budget; SB1949 was recommended for passage by committees and sent to the Calendar Committee on March 27. 

ADDITIONAL PRIORITY

HB2521/SB2548 - Marriage Age - This bill restricts marriage to persons 16 years of age or older by removing age waivers for marriage certificates. PositionSupport

UPDATE: HB1785 (minimum marriage age of 18) was amended to include removing all waivers and loopholes that allow children under 18 to be married except in the case of emancipation or the removal of disability of age for 17 year-olds only. The same amendment was added to SB1790 which then failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 27.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE: An amendment was added to SB2268 (a bill about adoption fee transparency) that sets a hard minimum marriage age at 16 and that limits marriages of 16 and 17 year olds to spouses not more than 4 years older. SB2268 passed the Judiciary Committee on March 28 and was sent to the Senate Calendar Committee. HB2134, the companion bill, is on the Civil Justice Committee calendar for April 3, where we anticipate the same amendment will be proposed to be added. 

HB2521 is on the Civil Justice subcommittee calendar for April 3; SB2548 was assigned to the Judiciary subcommittee on March 21. 

Jeannine Carpenter