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Tennessee city must pay $500k in settlement with ACLU over drag ban

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A Tennessee city settled with the ACLU on Wednesday, agreeing to pay $500,000 for the harm caused by its anti-drag ordinance and policy. The ACLU is currently tracking twenty-nine anti-LGBTQ+ bills in Tennessee for this legislative session.

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Tennessee politicians propose state constitutional amendment to expand pretrial detention

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A bipartisan group of Tennessee state legislators unveiled a proposed state constitutional amendment on Friday to grant judges more discretion to detain individuals without bail before trial for specific violent criminal charges. The amendment would then go on a general election ballot.

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Tennessee judges rule state Senate map is unconstitutional, orders redraw

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A Tennessee state court ruled that a Republican-drawn map for the state’s Senate seats violated the Tennessee Constitution. The Tennessee Constitution states that “a county having more than one senatorial district, the district shall be numbered consecutively.”

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Expelled Tennessee lawmakers win special election to serve remainder of their terms

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Two Tennessee lawmakers who were expelled from the Tennessee legislature earlier this year after protesting gun violence won reelection Thursday for the Tennessee House of Representatives seats they were removed from earlier this year. One of the lawmakers, Justin Jones, won his election for Tennessee House District 52.

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Tennessee law restricting drag performances

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A federal judge in Tennessee on Friday temporarily blocked a controversial law that would have imposed strict limits on drag performances in the state. The post Federal judge temporarily blocks Tennessee law restricting drag performances appeared first on JURIST - News. Judge Thomas L. The pause is subject to extension.

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Tennessee judge temporarily blocks rule banning public from holding signs during legislative hearings

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A Tennessee judge temporarily blocked a rule on Wednesday that banned the public from holding signs during legislative proceedings in the state’s House of Representatives. We applaud the court for taking swift action to protect the free speech rights of Tennesseans,” said ACLU of Tennessee Executive Director Kathryn Sinback.

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Counsel for expelled Tennessee legislators seeks to recover rights if reinstated

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Counsel for ousted Tennessee Representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson Monday sent a letter directing Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton to restore their rights if they are reinstated. In the letter, counsel for both individuals explained the severity of these events: The world is watching Tennessee.