On January 15th the Tennessee House referred HB1392 a bill legalizing industrial hemp within the state borders to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee where it has been sitting. (learn about it here)
At the same time the Senate version of the same bill SB1686 was introduced and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 22nd. Both bills will need to pass by majority vote before moving to the full committee for them to consider it.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in Tennessee you live, take these actions today.
1. Call the Committee Chairs. Strongly, but respectfully urge them to move these important bipartisan bills forward to a vote in their committees. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
Brian Kelsey, Senate Chair (615) 741-3036
Ron Lollar, House Chair (615) 741-7084
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back in a few days.
HB1392 — Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee members
Brenda Gilmore (615) 741-1997
Curtis Halford (615) 741-7478
Andy Holt (615) 741-7847
Judd Matheny (615) 741-7448
Billy Spivey (615) 741-4170
John Tidwell (615) 741-7098
Ron Travis (615) 741-1450
SB1686 — Senate Judiciary Committee
Doug Overbey, 1st Vice-Chair (615) 741-0981
Stacey Campfield, 2nd Vice-Chair (615) 741-1766
Mike Bell (615) 741-1946
Lowe Finney (615) 741-1810
Ophelia Ford (615) 741-1767
Todd Gardenhire (615) 741-6682
Mark Green (615) 741-2374
John Stevens (615) 741-4576
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us with any information!
4. SHARE this information widely. By facebook, twitter, email, and more.
5. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for both HB1392 and SB1686. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Tennessee no longer help the federal government enforce its ban on industrial hemp production. Passing HB1392 and SB1686 will make that happen.