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Unequal: Bill makes prejudice against LGBTQ legal for adoption agencies

Bill moves to calendar committee, full House of Representatives Two days after dozens of religious leaders publicly opposed a bill that would promote discrimination against LGBTQ Tennesseans, Republican lawmakers moved the bill closer to law. Under House Bill 836, private child-placing agencies could deny any person seeking to foster or adopt a child if the placement…

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Bad day for working women

Republican lawmakers block four proposals that would help and protect working women, new families Republican lawmakers on the House Employee Affairs Subcommittee rejected four bills that would improve working conditions for women and families in Tennessee—all in less than an hour. Equal pay for equal workThe Tennessee Pay Equality Act, House Bill 216 sponsored by Rep.…

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Governor’s private school voucher bill advances

Despite a wide variety of concerns and scant details, lawmakers voted to advance Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher bill to the full House Education Committee for consideration. House Bill 939, Lee’s proposal to provide tax dollars directly to parents on a debit card called an education savings account, is sponsored by Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, District…

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