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TN Bills Needing Your Attention

April 28, 2009

Last night I sent an email to those of you on the “Faithful Citizenship” mailing list. The bulk of its content was the “action alert” from TNCPPC. Now I have checked their Web site www.tncppc.org/legislation.htm for other information. I won’t paste the whole alert (e.g., all the names and addresses for legislators on specific committees) here, but will try to find supplementary details that might help you with decisions about which bills to act on first, since time is short and you might not have enough to act on all the bills.

To find contact information for the members of the specified committees, please go to www.capitol.tn.gov, click the “Committees” heading near the top of the page, and proceed until you reach the appropriate list of names. Click each name to access the email address of the legislator.

(Ordinarily, it is best to send messages to legislators individually, since that is a more personal approach. But with time so limited, you might consider collecting all the addresses of members of a committee and sending one email to the whole committee. Then you could more quickly move to writing a message for another committee and bill. Also, whenever I write a message to a set of committee members, I “cc” my own legislators to keep them aware of the views of at least one of their constituents. Another idea: if there are multiple bills being handled by the same committee, you could state your view on each of those bills in a single message. Again, that’s just a shortcut because of time constraints. Ordinarily, separate bills/issues should be addressed in separate messages.  )

 

The “Legislative Update” text below is adapted from www.tncppc.org/legislation.htm. Usually I put the … symbol to show where deletions occur, but am not doing so for this list. (Also, I usually use the “block quote” formatting, but not this time. Will only use it on the heading, to quickly identify the beginning of the text taken from tncppc.org.) Please refer to that Web site for further details and also to the www.capitol.tn.gov Web site. Please notice the dates — there is so much scheduled for this week, especially tomorrow!

If you have time for only one message, please focus on SJR0127 and tell the members of the House Finance Budget subcommittee that you SUPPORT the bill. According to the note from TNCPPC, that is the committee where the bill is in danger of being stopped.

To expedite the process for you , I will list the email addresses for that committee, so that you can copy-paste them into your message. Please don’t worry about writing a lot, just tell the members that you want them to support the bill SJR0127. Of course if you have time to also give some reasons for supporting the bill, feel free to do that. But from what I understand, the most important thing now is probably the number of different constituents writing, rather than the eloquence and details in what we write. So please encourage other people to write, too, especially if any of them live in the districts represented by the particular legislators on the committee. (Check www.capitol.tn.gov to identify the districts.) But even if none of the committee members is from your district, please do write! They need to know that people throughout the state are very concerned about this bill.

Email addresses for members of House Finance Budget subcommittee

Chair:
rep.harry.tindell@capitol.tn.gov

Vice-Chair:
rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov

Other Members:

rep.joe.armstrong@capitol.tn.gov

rep.lois.deberry@capitol.tn.gov

rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov

rep.mike.harrison@capitol.tn.gov

rep.steve.mcdaniel@capitol.tn.gov

rep.richard.montgomery@capitol.tn.gov

rep.jason.mumpower@capitol.tn.gov

spk.eme.jimmy.naifeh@capitol.tn.gov

rep.gary.odom@capitol.tn.gov

rep.dennis.roach@capitol.tn.gov

rep.donna.rowland@capitol.tn.gov

rep.johnny.shaw@capitol.tn.gov

 

This next note is regarding legislation mentioned in another part of the www.tncppc.org/legislation.htm page.

Since the text is the same as what I’ve already put in Sidebar 1, please go there and read about HB0596 / SB0261, which TNCPPC supports.

 

This final (i.e. before the text taken from the TNCPPC Web site) note is from the TNCPPC’s email action alert. I didn’t find a reference to this bill on their legislation page.

CPPC OPPOSES: HB1354/SB1310 Anti-Sanctuary Legislation

*HB 1354 by *Carr, Evans.
(SB 1310 by *Tracy.)

Local Government, General – As introduced, requires local governments and law enforcement to cooperate with federal officials on immigration status of any person in the state and prohibits local governments from enacting sanctuary policies toward immigrants.

Status:

House Judiciary Wednesday April 29th

CPPC LEGISLATIVE UP DATE 4-25-09
(See www.tncppc.org/legislation.htm for portions not shown below.)

HEALTH CARE

SJR 0127 – PLEASE VOTE FOR (Constitutional amendment – abortion)

Senate 03/23/2009 heard on third reading and adopted.
Set for House Finance Budget* Subcommittee 04/29/2009.
*THIS IS THE COMMITTEE THAT WILL DO ITS BEST TO STOP THIS BILL.

 

SB 0640*
HB 1532
– PLEASE VOTE AGAINST  (Emergency Care for Rape Victims Act)

Set for Senate General Welfare Committee 04/29/2009.
Set for House Health Care Facilities Subcommittee 04/29/2009.

 

SB 1569* – PLEASE VOTE FOR (Donations and dispensation of certain drugs)
HB 1546

Set for House Professional Occupations Subcommittee 04/28/2009.

 

BANKING & CREDIT

SB 0186 BILL UP – CPPC SUPPORTS
HB 0235*
Creditors to meet with debtors to avoid foreclosure.

Set for Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee 20 04/28/2009.
Set for House Utilities & Banking Subcommittee 04/28/2009.

SB 0489*
HB 1918 BILL UP THIS WEEK CPPC SUPPORTS
Maximum rate of interest a title pledge lender may charge.

Set for Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee 04/28/2009.
House Commerce Utilities & Banking Subcommittee deferred to last calendar.

SB 0639
HB 0692* BILL UP – CPPC SUPPORTS
Survey of interest rates and fees.

Set for House Utilities & Banking Subcommittee 04/28/2009.

SB 0749* BILL UP – CPPC SUPPORTS
HB 1926
Requirements for lenders of high-cost home loans.

Set for Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee 04/28/2009.
Set for House Utilities & Banking Subcommittee 04/28/2009.

SB 1763* VICTORY – BILL PASSED SUPPORTED BY CPPC
HB 2218
Foreclosure-related rescue consultant services for a fee.

Senate 04/23/2009 passed with amendment 4 and previously adopted amendment 3.
House 04/13/2009 passed with amendments 1 and 2.

PROPERTY & HOUSING

SB 1341 BILL UP CPPC WATCHING
HB 0023*
Homeowners’ Emergency Assistance Fund Loans.

Set for House State Government Subcommittee 04/29/2009.

CRIMINAL LAW

SB 0261* CPPC SUPPORTS THIS BILL
HB 0596
Recording of custodial interrogation related to homicide.

SB 1800 THIS BILL IS DEAD FOR THIS SESSION
HB 0445*
Informed consent for abortions.
Requires that the informed written consent of the woman be obtained prior to an abortion, providing for 24-hour period of reflection after the woman receives the information needed for an informed consent. Establishes requirements for a physician or other health care professional to follow in order to obtain informed consent from the woman. Establishes an exception to informed consent and waiting period requirements when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman. (S: Herron; H: Maddox)

Senate Judiciary deferred to 04/21/2009.
Failed in House Public Health and Family Assistance Subcommittee 04/21/2009.
Senate Judiciary deferred to last calendar.
Taken off notice in House Criminal Practice Subcommittee 04/22/2009.

COMMERCIAL LAW

SB 1763* CPPC WATCHED AND SUPPORTED – BILL PASSED
HB 2218
Foreclosure-related rescue consultant services for a fee.

Senate 04/23/2009 passed with amendment 4 and previously adopted amendment 3.
House 04/13/2009 passed with amendments 1 and 2.

FAMILY LAW

SB 1661* CPPC SUPPORTS THIS BILL
HB 1586
Tennessee Women Support Act.
Enacts Tennessee Pregnant Women Support Act to provide programs that reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy children, and support new parents. Directs the department of health to apply for federal grants to be used to collect data regarding the number of abortions performed in this state, the characteristics of those seeking abortions, and their reasons for choosing abortion. Further directs the department to develop and distribute a pamphlet to physicians providing options or alternatives to abortion in this state. Requires physicians to provide such pamphlet to all pregnant women they treat, or those who inquire about abortion. Also establishes a toll-free hotline for pregnant women needing information or resources. Creates a fund to be administered by the department of health to support the goals of this act. Funding shall be from gifts, donations, bequests and grants and shall be non-reverting. (S: Burks; H: Curtiss)

Referred to Senate Judiciary.
Set for House Public Health and Family Assistance Subcommittee 04/28/2009.

SB 1740 CPPC WATCHING
HB 1407
Records for child abuse investigations.
Requires all private and church-related schools to give any team investigating child abuse access to records in their custody pertaining to the child and cooperate fully with the investigation. (S: Marrero; H: Jones S.)

Senate passed 03/30/2009.
Set for House Judiciary Committee 04/29/2009.

GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION

SB 1283* CPPC SUPPORTS AND WORKING TOWARD PASSAGE
HB 1598
Free exercise of religion.
As introduced, prohibits a government entity from substantially burdening a person’s free exercise of religion unless it demonstrates the application of the burden is essential to further a compelling government interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest. (S: Bunch; H: Lynn)

Placed on s/c cal Civil Practice and Procedure of JUD for 04/28/2009.
Placed on S. Jud Comm. cal. for 04/29/2009.

IMMIGRATION AND EDUCATION

EDUCATION CPPC SUPPORTS AND ACTIVELY WORKING
SB 1745*
HB 1648
We Want To Learn English Initiative.
Requires the department of labor force and workforce development, in conjunction with the department of education, to establish and administer grant program, “We Want To Learn English Initiative,” for the purpose of providing resources for immigrants and refugees to learn English. Broadly captioned. (S: Ketron; H: Jones U.)

Set for Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee 04/28/2009.
Set for House Education K-12 Subcommittee 04/29/2009.
Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 04/29/2009.
Set for House Civil Practice Subcommittee 04/28/2009.

FAMILY LAW

SB 1652 CPPC ACTIVELY SUPPORTS
HB 1298*
Agencies advertising to provide child-placing services. Specifies that agencies advertising to provide child-placing services in Tennessee are required to be licensed under Tennessee licensing laws. (S: Burks; H: Jones S.)

Set for Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee 04/28/2009.
Set for House Children & Family Affairs Committee 04/29/2009.

SB 0078* CPPC WATCHING
HB 0605
Ineligibility for cohabitants to adopt a child.
Prohibits the adoption of a minor by either same-sex or opposite-sex individuals cohabiting outside of a marriage that is valid under the constitution and laws of the state. (S: Stanley; H: DeBerry J.)

Referred to Senate Judiciary.
Referred to House Family Justice Subcommittee.

SB 1702* CPPC SUPPORTS – WATCHING
HB 1629
DCS to provide certain post-adoption services.

Senate 04/16/2009 passed with amendments 2 and 1.
Set for House Children & Family Affairs Committee 04/29/2009.

LABOR LAW

SB 0083* CPPC WATCHING THIS BILL – WHILE IT FAILED TO PASS IN THE HOUSE IT HAS PASSED THE SENATE AND WILL COME BACK NEXT YEAR.
HB 0311
Prohibits local governments from setting minimum wage.

Senate 03/12/2009 passed with amendments 1 and 3.
Failed in House Employee Affairs Subcommittee 04/21/2009.

CRIMINAL LAW

SB 0010 CPPC ACTIVELY OPPOSES THIS BILL
HB 0013*
Illegal immigrant defendants risk of flight.
Creates a presumption that any defendant not lawfully present in the United States is a risk of flight, when determining the amount of bail for the defendant. (S: Watson B.; H: Floyd)

Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 04/29/2009.
Set for House Judiciary Committee 04/29/2009.

ENERGY & MINING

These two bills will be addressed again next year.

SB 1398
HB 0455*
Surface mining activities prohibited.

Referred to Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism.
Taken off notice in House Environment Subcommittee 04/21/2009.

SB 1406
HB 0899*
Prohibitions on surface mining permits.

Referred to Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism.
Taken off notice in House Environment Subcommittee 03/31/2009. 

This next-to-closing note is regarding legislation mentioned in another part of the www.tncppc.org/legislation.htm page. Since the text is the same as what I’ve already put in Sidebar 1, please go there and read about HB0596 / SB0261, which TNCPPC supports.

This final (i.e. before the text taken from the TNCPPC Web site) note is from the TNCPPC’s email action alert. I didn’t find a reference to this bill on their legislation page.

CPPC OPPOSES: HB1354/SB1310 Anti-Sanctuary Legislation

*HB 1354 by *Carr, Evans.
(SB 1310 by *Tracy.)

Local Government, General – As introduced, requires local governments and law enforcement to cooperate with federal officials on immigration status of any person in the state and prohibits local governments from enacting sanctuary policies toward immigrants.

Status:

House Judiciary Wednesday April 29th

 

End of text from www.tncppc.org/legislation.htm

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