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ACLU-TN is a constant presence at the state capitol during the Tennessee General Assembly session, working to advance legislation that expands or protects our civil liberties and fighting against bills that infringe on our freedoms. But your voice is essential. You can check out highlights of our work at Legislative Plaza and take action on a range of issues below.

This year we expect state legislators, emboldened by the hateful actions of the White House, to introduce bills that would harm immigrants and refugees, women, gay and transgender people, and racial and religious minorities. We are also pursuing pro-active initiatives that will increase access to the ballot box; stop discrimination within the criminal justice system based on economic status; and reform the criminal justice system in the areas of juvenile justice, mental health, reentry and more. Thank you for standing with us during this legislative session.

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26 02, 2018

Protect Access To Reproductive Health Services in Tennessee

2018-02-26T16:53:52+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2148/HB 2251 would direct the Commissioner of Finance and Administration in Tennessee to amend the existing Medicaid waiver to exclude abortion providers and SB 2494/HB 2262 would change how family planning funds are dispersed to health care providers.

26 02, 2018

Don’t lock up Tennessee youth for life

2018-02-26T15:38:37+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 197/HB 274 would end de facto life without parole sentencing for juveniles by requiring courts to consider mitigating circumstances when determining sentences for juveniles tried and convicted as adults. It also establishes that such juveniles are eligible for parole after they have served a minimum of thirty depending on the offense.

23 02, 2018

Stop Tennessee from Becoming a “Show Me Your Papers” State

2018-02-23T15:14:10+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2332/HB 2315 would require all state and local law enforcement agencies to enter into 287(g) agreements with the federal government, prohibit any local policies that limit entanglement with federal immigration enforcement, and strip state funding from localities that do not comply.

30 01, 2018

Stop the Heartless Fetal “Heartbeat Bill”

2018-01-30T10:08:57+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 244/HB 108, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Micah Van Huss, would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. This is often so early into a pregnancy that it would be tantamount to outlawing almost all abortions — meaning that even before a woman may know she is pregnant, she and her family could have the full range of medical options taken away from them.