Updates from the Senate
It’s been a good week to be a Democrat in Tennessee! I am proud to say that yesterday in Judiciary we killed SB 1944. This bill would have given school boards the ability to ban books that they believe are “obscene” or “pornographic”. We know that this was just a ploy to ban books that celebrate diversity and inclusion in our schools. I’m so proud that my office had the opportunity to host two lead organizers from the Tennessee Youth Coalition. They are just sophomores at Collierville High School in Memphis, TN. Their powerful testimony truly swayed the committee into voting to summer study the bill.
Additionally, I’m proud that we helped stop SB 2291 which would have lowered the age to lawfully carry a handgun from 21 to 18 also failed in committee. We know that we should be working to prevent gun violence rather than making it easier for children to access guns.
Finally, a panel of judges ruled that the Tennessee General Assembly has 15 days to redraw the gerrymandered redistricting maps that were passed at the beginning of our session. The deadline to file will be extended.
These are huge wins! The people made these wins happen. From school librarians to teachers to students to gun violence prevention advocates to everyday community members. Your calls, emails, and visits to the Capitol made sure that the Senators did the right thing! I am always inspired by your fight and I am honored to work alongside you in this work.
District 33 News
This Saturday, I am hosting a town hall with our Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis to discuss gun violence in our community. I hope to see each of you this Saturday from 11am-1pm at New Direction Christian Church.
Save the date! Next week, I’m hosting a week of events to raise awareness about Black Maternal Health Week. I’ll be collecting diapers for families in need, introducing commemorative resolutions, hosting a virtual day on the hill for doulas and a brunch to honor the work of organizations who are improving maternal health outcomes in Tennessee. You don’t want to miss this week of events. Register on my website at londonlamar.com/bmh.
Resources for District 91
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The Tennessee Homeowners Assistance Fund is now LIVE! Please click this link to apply for assistance.
If you are having issues, receiving your unemployment assistance, please email Sen . London Lamar office’s at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
A description of the problem
Your full name (first, middle, and last)
Your phone number
The last 4 digits of your social security
The date that you filed the claim
The email address you used to file the claim
MSNBC invited me to come speak about SB 0562 which creates two separate classes of marriage: one for hetero couples and one for same sex couples. Check out the interview here.