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Tennessee lawmakers take 6 nominations to Governor Lee’s state board of education

March 19 – NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Senate has approved a bill stripping Governor Bill Lee of his sole power to appoint members to the State Board of Education, ceding two-thirds of the nine nominations to House and Senate Speakers. The measure, which had previously passed the House as the 1838 bill, was approved by the GOP-led Senate in a ...

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Tennessee GOP uses Texas as model, introduces anti-abortion bill

Nashville, Tennessee. Despite having already enacted one of the toughest abortion bans in the United States, Republicans in Tennessee on Tuesday began proposing another anti-abortion measure strategically drafted to avoid challenges in federal courts. The proposal is almost a direct copy of legislation currently enacted in Texas, which not only prohibits doctors from performing abortions before most people know they ...

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Why Tennessee State and Local Governance is the Gold Standard

John Knubel is the author of several books and currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee. We moved to Tennessee in 2013 to follow a 55-year career in federal government and the financial services industry – in addition to my passion for passing on responsible, accountable, sustainable and transparent federal government and a prosperous America to my children. and my grandchildren. It ...

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Partnership with Hillsdale College brings Tennessee closer to theocracy

Buzz Thomas is a retired minister and attorney and the former acting superintendent of Knox County Public Schools. Ancient Israel was a theocracy. America is not. Again. We had a semblance of theocracy in Massachusetts Bay when the Puritans were in charge. When they hanged blasphemers and burned witches. If my Baptist ancestor Roger Williams hadn’t been saved by the ...

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Tennessee lawmakers introduce another reform that could be seen as a model for other states to follow

Tennessee State Capitol Getty NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee is a state where, despite an already relatively low tax burden and no state income tax, lawmakers have continued to find new ways to improve the tax code in recent years, with reforms that provide additional relief to individuals, families and employers. New legislation recently introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly, if ...

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to make places of worship safer

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee wants to make places of worship safer. Faith leaders say the idea sounds appealing, but there are some caveats. Lee announced during his state of the state address on Jan. 31 that he was tasking the Department of Safety and Homeland Security with developing a plan to enhance security at places of worship. Religious leaders said ...

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Bill would strip Tennessee Governor Bill Lee of some board of education appointments

NASHVILLE — A GOP-led legislative effort to bring lawmakers under the operational control of the Tennessee State Board of Education with six of the panel’s nine voting member nominations moving to the state House despite the opposition from Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who now makes all the appointments. House Bill 1838, sponsored by Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, was approved by ...

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Educating through COVID: From New York’s declining enrollment to Tennessee’s bid to boost school spending by a billion dollars, 9 ways states are coping with the crisis

register here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism. A recently released report by Unicef, UNESCO and the World Bank paints a grim picture of education progress across the globe, with student achievement hampered by school closures amid the COVID pandemic -19. According to the report, disruptions associated with virtual learning have affected more ...

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Lawmaker wants ‘deaf and dumb’ removed from Tennessee code

NASHVILLE, Tenn, (WKRN) — New legislation passed by the House Health Subcommittee aims to use more inclusive language in the state of Tennessee. State Rep. Darren Jernigan introduced House Bill 1670, which calls on Tennessee to replace the term “deaf and dumb” with “deaf or hard of hearing” in the Tennessee Code Annotated, which describes vocabulary used in laws States. ...

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Tennessee governor must veto Republican Gerrymander

Memphis, TN –JB Smiley, Jr. released the following statement regarding the recently passed gerrymander of Tennessee’s congressional and legislative districts recently forced by Republican members of the Tennessee General Assembly. “When elections are free and fair, voters have the opportunity to shape the direction of their cities, states and nations. Our elders sacrificed so much to get the right to ...

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Opinion: Will Governor Bill Lee tout Tennessee’s ‘freedom’ to spread COVID more freely?

On Monday evening, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will deliver his fourth State of the State Address to the General Assembly and Tennessee. “I look forward to sharing my vision for Tennessee, including my budget and legislative priorities for the year,” Governor Lee said in a press release announcing the event. “Tennessee is showing the rest of the country that America ...

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Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe announce that Fiberon will establish operations in Maury County

Composite decking, railing and cladding company to create 310 new jobs in Colombia NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Fiberon officials announced today that the company will establish new manufacturing and distribution operations in Columbia, Tennessee. . Fiberon, a subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., will create ...

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Lawmakers revisit school vouchers related to COVID-19 – Tennessee Lookout

Three years after a school voucher bill crippled the Legislative Assembly, lawmakers are being asked to choose sides again, but this time with COVID-19 as the primary factor. With dozens of school districts across the state asking the Department of Education for permission to offer virtual classes in the event of omicron’s surge, lawmakers will be pressured to choose between ...

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Governor visits Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is making appearances statewide, taking time Thursday to tour the Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Spring Hill. His first time at the factory became less of a photo opportunity and more of a state-of-the-state address. While the Governor got to see all of the services provided by Watts Bar, he ...

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Governor Lee announces appointees to major boards and commissions

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced appointments to a series of key boards and commissions. “Tennessee’s success depends on engaged citizens, and I’m proud to announce these people who will ensure our state continues to thrive,” Governor Lee said. “I salute their leadership and willingness to serve.” The appointees will fulfill a variety of roles to ensure ...

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Tennessee’s Bill Dance Signature Lakes Initiative Announced | Sports

Nashville – Governor Bill Lee and fishing icon Bill Dance announced a new initiative to improve and enhance Tennessee lakes, increase visitor numbers and honor Dance’s legacy with the creation of Bill Dance Signature Lakes. TWRA and the State of Tennessee will invest $ 15 million in above and below water improvements in 18 lakes that bear the Dance fishing ...

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Tennessee Voices with Victor Evans, Executive Director of TennesseeCAN

David Plazas is the Opinion and Engagement Director for USA TODAY Network Tennessee. The subject of public education elicits a wide range of emotions and ideas about whether it is working, whether it is receiving enough money, and whether the money is being invested in the right way. Recently, Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Education agreed to ...

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fisherman Bill Dance announce Bill Dance Signature Lakes initiative

Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fishing icon Bill Dance have announced a new initiative to enhance and showcase the lakes of Tennessee, increase visitation and honor Dance’s legacy with the creation of Iconic lakes from Bill Dance. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the State of Tennessee to invest $ 15 million in above and below ...

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New Tennessee poll shows some slippage in support for Governor Lee, strong divisions over abortion law

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gouv. Bill lee has lost ground with voters since May, according to a new Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday that suggests the 10-point drop may be linked to the Republican governor’s enactment of a set of laws limiting health measures public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 17,000 Tennesséens. The survey of 1,002 registered ...

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Tennessee Panel Names 3 Finalists for State High Court Seat | Tennessee News

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – A Tennessee panel selected three finalists Thursday for a state Supreme Court opening: two middle judges from the appeals court and a high-profile attorney from the attorney general’s office. The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments voted in favor of sending Republican Gov. Bill Lee the names of Tennessee Associate Attorney General ...

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Governor Lee authorizes deployment of Tennessee Guard to southern border as drug crisis escalates

NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee authorized the dispatch of additional Tennessee National Guard support to the southern United States border in early 2022 to curb a growing drug crisis. “An open border has far-reaching consequences that fuel a drug crisis impacting both our national security and the safety of our state,” Governor Lee said. “I have authorized ...

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Launches “Operation Open Road” to Address Supply Chain Problems During Holiday Season

Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor and Republican Governors’ Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Lee launched “Operation Open Road,” calling on administration Joe Biden to resolve the supply chain crisis by suspending onerous regulations. Lee, along with 14 other governors, have pledged to take state-level action to help the trucking industry. “Republican governors across the country are committed to doing everything ...

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Tennessee Disability Coalition opposes new state mask law

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – The Tennessee Disability Coalition opposes the new Omnibus law passed by the state legislature. A spokesperson for TDC said it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite promises that change could come, some families in Tennessee fear it will impact children with disabilities. Without Tristan Hart’s high school photography program, his new hobby probably would never ...

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TN governor pushes “Right to Work” amendment; Union leaders say his decision to keep cheap labor

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The so-called “Right to Work” amendment will be on the ballot next November. The push led by leading Republicans will take what is already state law and enshrine it in the state constitution if voters approve it. Union leaders say this is another attempt to keep wages low and consolidate Tennessee as a state at will ...

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Governor Lee Launches “Operation Open Road” to Tackle Holiday Supply Chain Problems

NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – Today Tennessee Governor and Chairman of the Republican Governors’ Public Policy Committee Bill Lee launched “Operation Open Road,” calling on the Biden administration to resolve the supply chain crisis by suspending heavy regulations. Lee, along with 14 other governors, have pledged to take state-level action to help the trucking industry. “Republican governors across the country have pledged ...

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Tennessee faces federal lawsuit over ban on trans athletes

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Two civil rights groups on Thursday filed a challenge in federal court against a Tennessee law that prohibits transgender athletes from participating in public sports in high school or college aligned with their gender identity. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Lambda Legal, which defends LGBTQ civil rights, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District ...

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Thursday Special Session Bills – Tennessee Lookout

A sweeping series of measures designed to curb local dissent over state COVID policies, and to verify the governor’s emergency powers, easily made their way through the hearings of the Republican-dominated committee in the specially called legislative session. Thursday. They include tough new penalties for members of locally elected school boards who defy executive orders and a mechanism for the ...

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Governor Lee files appeal in Knox County schools cover-up case

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has officially filed an appeal in the ongoing case demanding Knox County schools apply a mask warrant for students and staff. The appeal specifically refers to the court order prohibiting the school district and the governor from enforcing Executive Order 84, the order allowing parents in Tennessee to remove their children from ...

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Governor Lee Says Education Key to Fight for Hiring | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – The U.S. Department of Labor shows unemployment claims have fallen to their lowest level since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet businesses across the country and the volunteer state continue to struggle to hire employees. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that there are more than 500,000 jobs available in the ...

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Governor Bill Lee to Visit Johnson City for Disability Employment Awareness Month | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – October marks Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Governor Bill Lee will stop in Johnson City on Thursday for an update on the city’s employment report , according to a statement from the governor’s office. Lee’s tour will start from Basic Northeastern Tennessee Services at 1:45 p.m., where he will meet with people who have benefited ...

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program for the benefit of volunteer firefighters in place | Local News

A new program created to support Tennessee volunteer firefighters was highlighted by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office in a press release. The volunteer education incentive program was detailed during Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday and continues through Saturday. The VEIP program was adopted in the previous legislative session by the ...

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New Tennessee license plate revealed

TN.gov NASHVILLE, TN (Press Release) – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has unveiled the next state standard license plate chosen by the Tennessee in a statewide vote. “In our 225th year of statehood, we invited the people of Tennessee to vote and help select the state’s next license plate,” Governor Lee said. “I am proud to announce the winning design that ...

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Governor Bill Lee meets with conservative Latino group at panel discussion during Hispanic Heritage Month

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Governor Bill Lee met with Hispanic and Latino leaders in Tennessee on Monday for a panel discussion on business, life and the American dream. Latinos in Tennessee say time spent with the governor allowed for “substantive conversation” during National Hispanic Heritage Month. The conservative nonprofit group previously presented Governor Lee with its “Premio Libertad Award” in ...

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Governor Extends Mask Removal Rule Despite Tennessee Leading US In COVID School Closures

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Gov. Bill Lee is extending his mask removal order in 92 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, while fighting federal mask requirements in three of the remaining counties. The extension comes as new data points to darker details about Tennessee’s return to in-person learning. Tennessee surpasses 15,000 deaths from COVID-19 Governor Lee said he was disappointed with three ...

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Governor Lee Convenes Special Session for Tennessee General Assembly on Historic Ford Investment

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 3:40 p.m. NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee called for the Tennessee General Assembly to meet on Monday, October 18, 2021 for a special session dedicated to the financing, development and oversight of the $ 5.6 billion Ford Motor Company history. investment at the Memphis Regional Megasite. “Our partnership with Ford and SK ...

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Editorial: Withdrawal order must be canceled | Editorials

It is difficult to understand the reasoning of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for giving parents the option of refusing their children to wear a mask that helps protect them and other children from the ravages of COVID. Luckily for these kids, a third federal judge in a week blocked Lee’s order even as the US Department of Education announced Tennessee ...

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He promised and boy did he keep it

Governor Lee has given West Tennessee a huge opportunity for economic growth with Ford’s new manufacturing plant. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In tonight’s ransom note: I’ve been criticizing Governor Bill Lee a lot lately, but he scored a big blow on Tuesday. Since his first campaign stoppage years ago on this side of the state, he has vowed to start doing ...

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Doctors fight back against governor’s COVID policies – Tennessee Lookout

Doctors across the state, including a member of Governor Bill Lee’s COVID-19 advisory committee, challenge his COVID-19 policies and applaud three court rulings to overturn his executive order allowing parents to step down from school mask warrants . Dr. Erica Kaye, pediatrician, oncologist and palliative care physician at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, wrote a letter to Governor ...

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Battle continues over class action lawsuit for early termination of federal unemployment benefits | Call to action 4

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The lawyer representing the unemployed in a class action lawsuit against the governor and the Tennessee Department of Labor is asking the federal government to participate. Meanwhile, the state is reacting to the case. Yet those most affected by the governor’s decision to end federal benefits earlier are not backing down. For many Tennesséens, the loss ...

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Republican TN lawmakers renew push for special session to counter President Biden’s vaccine mandate | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – There is new pressure for a special session to ban mask and vaccine warrants in Tennessee after President Joe Biden announced he would demand that around 100 million Americans be vaccinated to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 cases. “They have the right to make their choice and we have to organize a special session to bring ...

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Republican TN lawmakers renew push for special session to counter President Biden’s vaccine tenure

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – There is new pressure for a special session to ban mask and vaccine warrants in Tennessee after President Joe Biden announced he would demand that around 100 million Americans be vaccinated to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 cases. “They have the right to make their choice and we have to organize a special session to bring ...

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Collierville schools now require masks after judge’s order

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Shelby County suburban school district announced on Saturday it was changing a policy that allowed parents to deny children from wearing masks to school, a day after a federal judge issued an order to temporary ban against a decree of the governor. Judge grants temporary restraining order against Governor Lee’s mask removal order All students, employees ...

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Shelby County Schools in Memphis will lobby state to allow virtual learning

Shelby County schools have several hurdles to overcome before implementing more robust virtual learning options like last year, but the district is taking the first steps to get there. The delta variant continues to fuel a wave of COVID-19 in Shelby County, the Mid-South and Tennessee, sparking more concern from parents. Currently, families in Tennessee can only virtual learn through ...

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Lee’s mask removal order may ‘violate’ federal law

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – The U.S. Secretary of Education questions the legality of Gov. Bill Lee‘s executive order that allows parents to opt out of mask mandates imposed by local school districts. Education Secretary Miguel A. Cardona sent a letter to Governor Lee and Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, saying the ordinance could “infringe the power of a school district ...

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Governor Lee declares August 18 Charlie Daniels day

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee officially declared August 18, 2021 Charlie Daniels Day in Volunteer State. The proclamation comes as friends, family and fans prepare to celebrate the late musical icon at Volunteer Jam 2021: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels. The star-studded live concert event takes place on August 18 at 7 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. “The ...

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Is Governor Lee running for president? | Opinion

Bill Freeman Customer opinion Bill Freeman You may not see his name on any list of potential presidential candidates, but several sources close to Governor Lee say he is 100% sure he will run for the White House in 2024. Even if he does does not succeed. the Oval Office, as vice president, might work – but both require national ...

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Tennessee leads by example with prudent budgeting

Patrick Gleason is vice president of Americans for Tax Reform. Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is Chief Economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Republicans in Washington may not have much credibility in criticizing the lavishness of Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration, given how much the the federal debt has increased when the GOP was in power. Yet in a moment ...

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Governor Lee Releases 2021 TCAP Results Showing Drop in All Subjects and Grades Across Tennessee | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WJHL) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and other heads of state announced the results of Tennessee’s Spring 2021 Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) testing on Monday afternoon. According to Lee, the results indicated that education in the state was negatively affected by COVID-19. You can watch the stream of News Channel 11‘s announcement below: “These results show that COVID-19 ...

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GOP harms kids for owning Libs in Tennessee

NOTIhilist Republicans in Tennessee, determined to advance the most restrictive anti-abortion laws, including a bill that forces the burial or cremation of surgically aborted fetuses, have halted the state’s immunization campaign among minors. As the Delta variant spreads across America, with all 50 states reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Tennessee Department of Health has succumbed to immense pressure ...

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Tennessee offers 10,000 free air travel vouchers to visitors

Tennessee officials really want tourists to come to the state, and they’re offering travel vouchers to encourage a trip to country music country. Travelers who book a two-night stay for the remainder of 2021 could get a $ 250 flight voucher under a $ 2.5 million program included in the state budget. Vouchers are valid for flights to Nashville, Knoxville, ...

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Curb Records sues Tennessee governor over transphobic toilet bill

Curb Records – alongside its philanthropic affiliate, the Mike Curb Foundation – has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s dividing law HB 1182, which requires transgender businesses to advertise that they allow customers of different genders to use their facilities. using demeaning language. Bill 1182 went into effect Thursday, July 1, and requires businesses to display a warning sign if ...

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Curb Records, Mike Curb Foundation sues Tennessee Governor over transgender law

Pavement CURB RECORDS and Founder / Chairman MIKE CURB’S MIKE CURB FOUNDATION have filed a federal complaint TODAY (6/30) against TENNESSEE Governor BILL LEE, challenging a new state law (HB 1182) which the plaintiffs claim , “Obliges companies to publish a degrading opinion. in their premises if they have policies allowing transgender access on an equal basis with other customers. ...

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