WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  The ACLU says administrators at a public after-school program in Middle Tennessee have agreed to train their staff on constitutional issues after one student was told he couldn’t read the Bible during free reading time.

ACLU "Surprised" By Religious Freedom Act

Feb 14, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Nashville office usually has a pretty good idea of what bills they’ll need to address before they’re introduced.  The Religious Freedom Act was an exception.

Introduced shortly before last week’s filing deadline, HB2467 and SB2566 would protect business owners from having to provide goods or services to gay couples “in furtherance of a civil union, domestic partnership, or marriage not recognized by the Tennessee Constitution.” 

Debate Over TN Abortion Amendment Begins In Earnest

Nov 4, 2013
WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  On Nov. 4, 2014, Tennesseans will go to the polls and vote on whether the state’s General Assembly should have the authority to regulate abortion. The so-called abortion amendment will appear on the ballot as “Amendment One” and if approved by voters, would add language to the state constitution that would read (in part), “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion.”

Haslam To Veto Ag Gag Bill

May 14, 2013
Governor's Office, February 2012.

Knoxville, Tenn. - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will issue the second veto of his term on a controversial bill centered on livestock abuse.                                                 

The bill would have made it illegal to video or photograph livestock abuse without turning in the evidence within 48 hours.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee submitted 34,000 signatures urging a veto earlier this month; executive director Hedy Weinburg says she commends Haslam's decision.