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By Senator Janice Bowling –
I want to begin this article by thanking the Conservative grassroots community that worked long and hard to get the special session on the calendar. Further, your calls, emails and time spent at the capitol ensured that your representatives understood that you value your individual and constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. Without your steadfast support, we would not be where we are today.
I have been passing legislation to protect against the overreach which has been attacking our God given, constitutionally protected rights since last January. These laws were not being uniformly followed.
A small group of us worked hard to get the Special Session called to protect the people of Tennessee. We want everyone to know what these laws are.
Many of us drove into our driveways after 3:00AM on Saturday morning . We left the closing of the special session in Nashville at 1:30 AM in the morning. It lasted three days. We are grateful to God for helping us in every way.
We have passed legislation to protect against the attempt by business, Biden and others to trample our God Given Liberty underfoot.
No more requirements for school children to wear masks.
If a parent wants their child to be masked (even though pediatricians and epidemiologists say the mask does not help and is damaging to children), that is their choice.
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We passed legislation that employers cannot ask their employees if they have had the shot.
The shot does not prevent the spread of Covid. It was initially effective in lessening the severity of one or two symptoms of Covid-19. It now requires a booster. Only people who have had Covid have a robust immunity. Taking or not taking the shot is a personal medical decision.
Any adverse action by an employer provides legal cause of action to the employee. Also, if a Tennessean has become unemployed, or becomes unemployed due to being fired, they get unemployment compensation.
We passed legislation which codifies that parents have authority over medical choices for their children from birth to age 18. No shots to children without written permission, non-coerced from parents.
Hospitals have to allow family or pastors to visit with patients in hospitals.
Federal contractors, if they want an exemption from the no-required shot part of the legislation, have to let the Comptroller of Tennessee review their contract to see where that need for the exemption exists in their contract. If it does actually exist, they would have to provide a religious or right of conscience exemption to employees.
Our legislation requires that doctors be allowed to practice medicine.. to treat with the very effective medicines and preventions available in successfully curing Covid. Doctors had been threatened with loss of their licenses for testing patients and curing Covid! That type of licensure bullying is not going to be allowed !
Many other good items are included in the legislation. It will go to the Governor’s desk to finish signing it into law. Please encourage him to sign it immediately upon receiving it.
These laws will be followed!
About the Author: Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) serves District 16 which includes Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren Counties.