The 112th Tennessee General Assembly convenes on January 12, 2021. This year we are pursuing proactive initiatives to expand and protect voting rights, end police brutality, and protect free speech. We also anticipate working to defeat dangerous legislation that suppresses the vote, undermines reproductive justice, harms immigrants and refugees, and discriminates against LGBTQ individuals. The list below includes initial highlights of legislation we are monitoring and lobbying so far in 2021. Please note that this list will continue to evolve as the session progresses and additional bills are filed.
SB 16 – Use of drones by law enforcement. Authorizes law enforcement agencies to use a drone without a search warrant to provide or enhance security for a public event, including a concert, athletic event, festival, protest, or other outdoor event. Extends the time within which law enforcement must determine whether evidence collected by a drone may be retained or deleted from three days to 30 days. Current Status
HB 1 – Death penalty – defendant may be ineligible due to intellectual disability. Allows a defendant who has been sentenced to the death penalty and whose conviction is final to petition the trial court for a determination of whether the defendant is ineligible for the death penalty due to intellectual disability. Current Status
HB 3 – Student’s gender and participation in interscholastic athletic activities. 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. Current Status
HB 11 – Justifies use of deadly force against another to protect real or tangible property. Justifies the use of deadly force against another to protect real or tangible, movable property when a person believes that deadly force is necessary to prevent an act of arson, burglary, theft during hours of darkness, robbery, or aggravated robbery. Also justifies the use of deadly force against another to prevent someone from fleeing immediately after committing an act of arson, burglary, theft during hours of darkness, robbery, or aggravated robbery. Current Status