Wednesday, 1 February, is the day the House Judiciary sub-committee will hold a hearing on HB 2638/SB 2508, a broadly worded, vaguely inclusive bill that would make “a person’s use or assembly upon publically-owned property” a Class C Misdemeanor, subject to removal and a $50 fine.
Bill Howell of “Tennesseans for Fair Taxation” penned an op-ed in The Tennessean today, claiming the bills
would curtail the First Amendment rights of Tennesseans and deprive unhoused people of most of the few safe places where they may live.
ON has a series of actions planned, including attending the hearing, and is asking for supporters to meet in Legislative Plaza at 2:30. You can also email Gov. Haslam and the bill’s sponsors, and call the House Judiciary Subcommittee, if you can’t be there and wish to help.
Jason and Joe from ON offer more details about the actions.
I was privileged to deliver over 40 lbs. of blankets, hats, sleeping mats, socks and handwarmers this evening to ON, courtesy of FDL. So besides a little extra external warmth tonight, they also felt a little warmer inside.