Rep. Glen Casada, as promised though late, has filed the ironically named Equal Access to Local Government Contracts and Services Act or HB0331. The bill is aimed at stopping the proposed Metro Nashville Contract Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance and all future local ordinances like it across Tennessee.
From the bill text:
(1) The only anti-discrimination employment practices or
standards that may be legally enacted or enforced by ordinance,
resolution or any other means by a local government with respect to any
person contracting or doing business with the local government shall be
(A) Race, creed, color, religion, sex, age or national origin
as such terms are used and defined in § 7-51-1702 as
“discriminatory practices”; or
(B) Other types of discrimination recognized as
discrimination by state law but only to the extent recognized by the
(2) With respect to any person contracting or doing business with
a local government, no local government shall by ordinance, resolution or
any other means impose on or make applicable an anti-discrimination
employment practice, standard, definition or provision that deviates from,
modifies, supplements, changes or varies any term used in the definition
of “discriminatory practices” in § 7-51-1702 or any term used in such
definition as such terms are further defined in such section.
(3) Any such anti-discrimination practice, standard, definition, or
provision imposed or made applicable by a local government with respect
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to any person contracting or doing business with such local government
prior to the effective date of this act shall be null and void.