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I still oppose SB127. Please, vote NO on Thursday morning.

I continue to urge you to vote NO on SB127.  Since the bill was last deferred, the sponsor has not satisfactorilly answered questions about its scope. 

The bill, as it is currently written, seems to affect two types of policies--internal HR and benefit policies and policies about external service or service to customers. 

If the bill affects external service policies, it ties the hands of state and local government in awarding contracts and grants.  Often government needs to serve segments of the public and if it can't use the policies of the business or nonprofit as a grant or contract criterion, that's a bad use of taxpayer funds.  At best, the grant or contract misses the mark in the government's service goal and at worst it leads to taxpayer funded discrimination.

But even if the bill is amended to take out the broad language that includes external service policies, it is still a bad bill.  So I'm asking you to vote NO.

Limiting the bill to a business or nonprofit's internal HR and benefit policies still ties the hands of government.  If a company provides bus driving or janitorial services and it doesn't provide background checks (which is an HR policy!), then how is a public school district supposed to treat them when they bid for a contract?  This puts minors in danger.  Local governments, public school districts, the state government, and our public universities have to be able to look at these kinds of business and nonprofit internal policies when awarding grants and contracts. 

A broad ban on their ability to use these policies as a criterion will lead to unintended consequences that the Senate may not have had time to examine.

Thank you for considering my views.


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Vote NO on SB127

SB127 is up for a vote by the full Tennessee Senate on Monday afternoon. Contact YOUR State Senator using this form and tell them you don't want your state and local tax dollars used for discrimination.
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Thank you for SB127 deferral, vote NO on Wednesday morning.

SB127 was deferred in the TN Senate after some raised questions that received conflicting answers. Send another email to your senator to show you are watching and want the Senate to vote NO when the bill comes back up on Wednesday. Tennessee does not need a Business License to Discriminate law.
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State & Local Government Committee, vote NO on SB127

SB127, the Business License to Discriminate bill, was referred from the floor of the Senate to the State and Local Government Committee for consideration on February 28. Urge the members of the committee to vote NO.
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Vote NO on House Bill 54 on Wednesday

HB54 is the Business License to Discriminate bill. It takes tools away from state and local governments that help them have a more transparent contracting process. It opens the door for taxpayer-funded discrimination.