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President Obama announces 'ban the box' rule

Following legislation passed this year by Sen. Sara Kyle to ban the box on state employment applications, President Obama announced today that a proposed rule would do the same for federal job applications. Continue reading

Sen. Sara Kyle an advocate for women, economic justice

The 109th General Assembly reached its final adjournment today, and state Sen. Sara Kyle completed her first term as an advocate for women and economic justice with an ability to pass good legislation. Continue reading

Time is running out for bathroom bill, guns on campus

NASHVILLE – In a statement released this morning, Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris said he is looking forward to a swift end to this year's legislative session: Continue reading

Sen. Harris: We face a choice between jobs and hate

SIGN THE PETITION TO OPPOSE HATE IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE   Tennessee could step up and try for a new PayPal operations center that would bring 400 jobs and is currently up for grabs, or we could just squander the opportunity by passing some more discriminatory legislation like North Carolina, Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris said. Continue reading

Tennessee on the brink: anti-LGBT bills threaten TV, tourism industries

SIGN THE PETITION TO OPPOSE HATE IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE   Hateful legislation targeting the LGBT community in North Carolina created a groundswell of national opposition from the business community, which tends to prefer a welcoming, inclusive environment for employees and customers. Continue reading

Sen. Harris statement on the demise of deannexation bill to break up Memphis

Legislation that would have created a path to break apart the city of Memphis - the deannexation bill - was sent to summer study, meaning it is off notice for the year. Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris released the following statement: Continue reading

Harris: Let's drop this guns in the Capitol idea for good

Legislators have tried repeatedly to allow guns in the Capitol, but balked at the actual presence of a gun in the House Civil Justice subcommittee Wednesday. Continue reading

Republicans defeat MaKayla's Law, with help from the NRA

Legislation to protect children from irresponsible gun owners was defeated today by Republicans in the House Civil Justice committee. Continue reading

Sen. Harris: State contracts need independent review

Legislation to give the General Assembly more oversight over the outsourcing of state government will be heard in the state Senate on Tuesday. Continue reading

Sen. Kyle passes legislation to ban the box in state employment

State Sen. Sara Kyle's legislation to eliminate the check box that asks about prior felonies from state job applications passed the state Senate today with a 25-7 vote. Continue reading