Bill Tracking

Tracking key Tennessee legislation from conservative, biblical perspective

Every year during our state’s legislative session (January – April), FACT tracks bills making their way through the Tennessee General Assembly that concern marriage, the family, life, and religious liberty. Each bill that FACT tracks is listed by its individual Senate bill and House bill number within a specific category. If there is a certain bill you are particularly interested in, remember to contact your legislator about it, since your input can influence his or her decision.

Bills we are tracking

2021 marks the first year (session) of a two-year legislative cycle. The 112th General Assembly.
 
Bills About Education

Bills About Education

SB 0228/HB 0003- Biological Sex in School Sports

Local Education Agencies - As introduced, requires that a student's gender for purposes of participation in a public middle school or high school interscholastic athletic activity or event be determined by the student's sex at the time of the student's birth, as indicated on the student's original birth certificate. - Amends TCA Title 49.

Sponsors: Sen. Joseph Hensley [R], Rep. Scott Cepicky [R], Rep. Bruce Griffey [R], Rep. Ron Gant [R], Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver [R], Rep. Debra Moody [R], Rep. Kirk Haston [R], Rep. William Lamberth [R], Rep. Tim Rudd [R]

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced on November 9 2020 - 25% progression

SB 1229/HB 0529- Parental Notification Before Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity is Taught

Education, Curriculum - As introduced, requires an LEA or public charter school to notify a student's parent or guardian prior to commencing instruction of a sexual orientation or gender identity curriculum; permits a parent or guardian to excuse the parent's or guardian's student from a sexual orientation or gender identity curriculum, and prohibits the LEA or charter school from penalizing an excused student. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 1

Sponsors: Sen. Paul Rose [R] in the Senate

Bill Info: Senate Bill

Status: Introduced, Passed on First Consideration

SB 1216/HB 0800 - Prohibits Textbooks that Promote a LGBTQ Lifestyle

Textbooks - As introduced, prohibits the state textbook and instructional materials quality commission from recommending or listing, the state board of education from approving for local adoption or from granting a waiver for, and LEAs and public charter schools from adopting or using textbooks and instructional materials or supplemental instructional materials that promote, normalize, support, or address lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender issues or lifestyles. - Amends TCA Title 49.

Sponsors: Sen. Frank Niceley [R] in Senate, Rep. Bruce Griffey [R] in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced, Passed on First Consideration

SB 1580/ HB 0160- Requires Pre-High School Students to Take ‘Social Health’ Course

Education, Curriculum - As introduced, requires students in grades 6-8 to enroll in an introduction to social health course developed by LEAs based on standards developed by the state board of education. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6.

Sponsors: Sen. Paul Bailey [R] in Senate and Rep. Ryan Williams [R] in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced on February 11 2021 - 25% progression

Bills About Family

Bills About Family

HB 0578- Prohibiting Sexual Identity Change Therapy in Minors

As introduced, prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to prepubescent minors; prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to minors who have entered puberty unless a parent or guardian has written recommendations for the therapy from at least three physicians; punishes violations as child abuse; designates violations by healthcare professionals as professional misconduct.

Sponsors: Rep. John Ragan [R]

Bill Info: House Bill

Status: Introduced on February 5 2021 - 25% progression

SB 1224 - Notice Placed on Bathrooms by Sex but Transgenders Can Use Too

Public Buildings - As introduced, requires a public or private entity or business that operates a building or facility open to the general public to post a notice at the entrance of each public restroom and at each entrance of the building of the entity's or business's policy of allowing a member of either biological sex to use any public restroom within the building or facility, if the entity or business maintains such a policy. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 49 and Title 68.

Sponsors: Sen. Paul Rose [R] in Senate, Rep. Tim Rudd [R] in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced, Passed on First Consideration

SB 1227/ HB 1346- Expands Definition of ‘Sexual Activity in Offenses Related to Minors

Sexual Offenses - As introduced, expands the definition of "sexual activity" for purposes of offenses related to the sexual exploitation of children to include an intent of sexual arousal or gratification. - Amends TCA Title 39.

Sponsors: Sen. Paul Rose [R] in Senate, Rep. Debra Moody [R] in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced on February 11 2021 - 25% progressio

SB 1238 - Clarifies that viewing persons in bathrooms and locker rooms designated for the opposite sex is criminal “observation without consent”

Criminal Offenses - As introduced, specifies, for the offense of observation without consent, that a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy from members of the opposite sex in a single-sex multi-person use bathroom, locker room, dressing room or shower; defines a person's sex as the sex listed on the person's birth certificate and makes other related changes. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13.

Sponsors: Sen. Mark Pody [R] in Senate

Bill Info: Senate Bill

Status: Introduced, Passed on First Consideration

SB 0445/HB0675 - Removing Cost Barriers for Adoption

Adoption - As introduced, authorizes a court to waive the home study required for adoption if the child has already resided in the adoptive parent's home for six consecutive months pursuant to a court order and the adoption is in the best interest of the child. - Amends TCA Title 36 and Title 37.

Sponsors: Sen. Mike Bell [R] in Senate, Rep. Mark Hall [R] in the House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced on February 8 2021 - 25% progression

SB 1360/ HB0487- Family Life Curriculum

As introduced, extends, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the counties within which each LEA must implement a program of family life education from counties with a pregnancy rate of 19.5 pregnancies for every 1,000 females ages 15 to 17 to all counties; requires a curriculum on sex education or human sexuality that is implemented by an LEA as a part of a human growth and development program be in conformance with the curriculum guidelines established for family life programs.

Sponsors: Sen. Mike Bell [R] in Senate, and Rep. Robin Smith [R], Rep. Scott Cepicky [R], and Rep. Mark White [R] in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced on February 11 2021 - 25% progression

SB 1367/ HB 1233- Changing Facility Reasonable Accommodation Act

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act."

Sponsors: Sen. Mike Bell [R] in Senate and Rep. Jason Zachary [R], Rep. Jeremy Faison [R], Rep. Ron Gant [R], Rep. Dan Howell [R], Rep. Paul Sherrell [R], Rep. Rusty Grills [R], Rep. Jerome Moon [R], Rep. Michele Carringer, [R] Rep. Mike Carter [R], Rep. John Ragan [R], Rep. Scott Cepicky [R], Rep. Clay Doggett [R] in the House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced on February 11 2021 - 25% progression

Bills About Life

Bills About Life

SB 0828/ HB 1181- Fetal Remains

Abortion - As introduced, requires disposition of aborted fetal remains to be by burial or cremation; requires the department of health to promulgate certain rules and forms; and makes certain other changes regarding the disposition of fetal remains. - Amends TCA Title 37, Chapter 10; Title 39; Title 62, Chapter 5 and Title 68.

Sponsors: Sen. Janince Bowling [R] in Senate, Rep. Tim Rudd [R] in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Introduced on February 9 2021 - 25% progression

SB 0494/HB 1079- Father Abortion Petition

Abortion - As introduced, permits a person to petition a court for an injunction to prohibit a woman who is pregnant with the person's unborn child from obtaining an abortion; requires the petitioner to execute a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity that is not subject to being rescinded or challenged. - Amends TCA Title 24; Title 29; Title 36; Title 39 and Title 68, Chapter 3.

Sponsors: Sen. Mark Pody [R] in the Senate, Rep. Jerry Sexton [R] in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 1370/HB 1252- Wrongful Birth

Tort Liability and Reform - As introduced, states that there is no cause of action for wrongful birth based on a claim that a person would not or should not have been born or for wrongful life based on a claim that a person would or should have been aborted. - Amends TCA Title 20 and Title 29.

Sponsors: Mike Bell in Senate and Bryan Terry in House

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

Status: Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee

Bills About Religious Liberty

Bills About Religious Liberty

HB 233 - An Act to Amend Tennessee Code Relative to Marriage

As introduced, deletes statutes on marriage licensing and ceremonies; limits the jurisdiction of circuit courts and chancery courts in cases involving the definition of common law marriage to the principles of common law marriage.

Sponsors: Rep. Tom Leatherwood (R)

Bill Info: House Bill

Status: Passed in the House; no action taken by the Senate.

SB 0467/HB 0035- Prevents Government Occupancy Restrictions in Personal Residence or Church

Local Government, General - As introduced, prohibits governmental entities and officials from mandating or limiting the number of persons who may congregate in a residence, or in a church if the number of congregants complies with occupancy limits applicable to the church. - Amends TCA Title 3; Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 49; Title 58 and Title 68.

Sponsors: Rep. Brandon Ogles [R] in House, Sen. Paul Rose [R] in Senate

Bill Info: Senate Bill/House Bill

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Understanding How it Works

How Tennessee Bills Become Law

The following represents the normal procedure in the Tennessee General Assembly of transforming bills into law. The steps below describe the passage of general bills.
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Deciphering Legislative Bill Abbreviations

Sometimes abbreviations used for tracking bills on the Tennessee General Assembly website can be confusing, so let’s first go through the most used bill abbreviations and what they mean, and then we will track a sample bill.
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Tracking Votes and Bill Passage

With a little help, deciphering votes and tracking the passage of a bill on the Tennessee General Assembly website is fairly simple.
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