The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly have now passed legislation aimed at preventing local governments from spending taxpayers’ dollars to assist individuals in getting abortions.
On March 30th, the House passed HB0090 with 65 votes in favor and 23 against. The votes were mostly along party lines with only Republican Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet-District 57) voting with the Democrats against the bill.
On March 13th, the Senate passed SB0600 with 27 votes in favor and 6 against. The votes were along party lines with only Democrats voting against.
Of note, Rep. Lynn is the only Republican recorded as voting No at any point during the bill’s progression in either chamber of the Legislature.
House Bill 0090 (HB0090), sponsored by Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington-District 81), and Senate Bill 0600 (SB0600), sponsored by Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald-District 28), aims to prevent any city, county, or metropolitan government from spending taxpayer dollars for the purposes of directly or indirectly assisting a person in obtaining an abortion. This applies to in-state and out-of-state abortions.
An amendment had previously been adopted that added the word “criminal” as a qualifer on prohibited abortions, rewording the bill to prohibit Metropolitan counties and cities from using taxpayer money to assist with ‘criminal’ abortions or transportation to states that allow abortion.
Now that the legislation has passed in both chambers, the legislation will next be sent to House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Senate Speaker Lt. Gov. Randy McNally for their signatures before being transmitted to Governor Lee to be signed into law.
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 news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com