Tennessee Bill Regarding the ‘Natural’ and ‘Ordinary’ Meaning of Undefined Words (HB 1111)
This law was last updated on Jul 11, 2017
HB 1111 would require that undefined words in the Tennessee Code be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest.
If passed, this bill could lead to discrimination against the LGBTQ community due to the strict definitions of certain terms in Tennessee law.
Companion bill to SB 1085.
Passed the house on March, 16, 2017, by a 70-23 vote.
Passed the senate on April 27, 2017, by a 23-6 vote.
Signed by Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on May 5, 2017.