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Tennessee Bill Regarding the ‘Natural’ and ‘Ordinary’ Meaning of Undefined Words (HB 1111)

This law was last updated on Jul 11, 2017


This law is Anti–LGBTQ

State

Tennessee

Number

HB 1111

Status

Current

Proposed

Feb 9, 2017

Topics

Anti-Transgender, LGBTQ

Full Bill Text

www.capitol.tn.gov

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.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to SB 1085.

Similar to HB 33/SB 30, which specifically single out “husband”, “wife”, “mother”, and “father” as words that should be given their natural and ordinary meaning.

STATUS

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.


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