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10 Ways to Prevent Gun Violence in Tennessee

Gun violence is a growing problem in Tennessee. As we are shaken repeatedly by mass shootings, we know that there is more to the problem. Accidental shootings, domestic violence, altercations among acquaintances and suicides are part of the problem. Continue reading

Sen. Harris to attend White House convening on gun violence prevention with Vice President Joe Biden

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, along with state and local leaders from all 50 states, will join Vice President Joe Biden at the White House Tuesday, May 24 for a convening on gun violence prevention. Continue reading

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