Bill To Prohibit Harboring Of Illegal Aliens On State-Owned Property Passes Out Of Subcommittee

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

A bill with the goal of pushing back against the harboring of illegal aliens on state-owned property in Tennessee passed out of a House subcommittee yesterday.

House Bill 1247 (HB1247), sponsored by Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro-District 36), was heard in the House Departments & Agencies subcommittee on March 15th.

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During the meeting, Rep. Powers gave an explanation of the bill to the subcommittee members.

“The bill creates a law which states that illegal aliens cannot be housed on real property owned by the state or political subdivision of the state.  The state may withhold state funds from any entity that is in violation,” Powers said.

Following, Powers described the amendment which makes certain exemptions to the bill.

“The amendment will exempt illegal aliens from being housed on government property if it’s in a hospital, a correctional institution, in custody or guardianship of Children’s Services or a special school operated by the Department of Education,” Powers said.

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A vote was taken and the amendment passed with voice vote, ayes prevailing.

The bill then passed as amended by voice vote, ayes prevailing.  More than one No vote was heard but only Representative Bill Beck (D-Nashville-District 51) requested to be recorded as voting No.

Following the vote, Chairman John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton-District 4) gave the legislation the go-ahead to progress to the State Government Committee and is scheduled to be heard on March 22nd.

The Senate version of the bill (SB1151), sponsored by Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains-District 8), is scheduled to be heard in the Senate State and Local Government Committee on March 21st.  


If you support this legislation, contact the committee members in the Senate and House prior to their meetings on March 21st and 22nd.

Senate State and Local Government Committee 

Sen. Richard Briggs (R) (Chair) – – (615) 741-1766

Sen. Page Walley (R) (Vice-Chair) – – (615) 741-2368

Sen. Mark Pody (R) (2nd Vice-Chair) – – (615) 741-2421

Sen. Ed Jackson (R) – – (615) 741-1810

Sen. Sara Kyle (D) – – (615) 741-4167

Sen. Adam Lowe (R) – – (615) 741-1946

Sen. John Stevens (R) – – (615) 741-4576

Sen. Ken Yager (R) – – (615) 741-1449

Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D) – – (615) 741-3291

House State Government Committee

Kelly Keisling (R) (Chair) – – (615) 741-6852

Rick Eldridge (R) (Vice-Chair) – – (615) 741-6877

Rebecca Alexander (R) – – (615) 741-2251

Bill Beck (D) – – (615) 741-3229

Rush Bricken (R) – – (615) 741-7448

Ed Butler (R) – – (615) 741-1260

Michelle Carringer (R) – – (615) 741-1721

Jesse Chism (D) – – (615) 741-6954

Vincent Dixie (D) – – (615) 741-1997

Kirk Haston (R) – – (615) 741-0750

John Holsclaw (R) – – (615) 741-7450

Chris Hurt (R) – – (615) 741-2134

Darren Jernigan (D) – – (615) 741-6959

Curtis Johnson (R) – – (615) 741-4341

Tom Leatherwood (R) – – (615) 741-7084

Mary Littleton (R) – – (615) 741-7477

Jake McCalmon (R) – – (615) 741-4389

Larry Miller (D) – – (615) 741-4453

Jason Powell (D) – – (615) 741-6861

Dennis Powers (R) – – (615) 741-3335

Iris Rudder (R) – – (615) 741-8695

Bryan Terry (R) – – (615) 741-2180

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

One thought on “Bill To Prohibit Harboring Of Illegal Aliens On State-Owned Property Passes Out Of Subcommittee

  • March 16, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    These cowards and their “voice” votes! State your position!


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