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Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

TTPC statement on voter i.d. bills coming up in Senate committee

Statement from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition:

Seven Voter ID Bills to be Reviewed by State Senate Committee

This Tuesday, March 3, the State Senate State and Local Government Committee will hear seven bills which would make new requirements for Voter ID's in Tennessee. The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition is opposed to any legislation which could lead to new requirements for changing gender markers which would present new challenges to transgender people who transition. This could lead to the disfranchisement of transgender voters in Tennessee.

The seven bills before the committee are:

SB0150 by Bill Ketron
SB1681 by Bill Ketron
SB0587 by Mae Beavers
SB0191 by Dewayne Bunch
SB0173 by Bill Ketron
SB0886 by Bill Ketron
SB0194 by Dewayne Bunch

Please contact members of the members of the State and Local Government Committee to express your concern about these bills and their potential negative impact on transgender voters:

Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), Chair
Lowe Finney (D-Jackson), Vice Chair
Joe Haynes (D-Goodlettsville), Secretary
Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville)
Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill)
Thelma Harper (D-Nashville)
Mark Norris (R-Collierville)
Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville)
Ken Yager (R-Harriman)

The State and Local Government Committee meets Tuesday, March 3, at 8:30 am, in Legislative Plaza, Room 12.

Marisa Richmond

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