Tennessee Bill Regarding the Commission of the ‘Monument to Unborn Children’ (HB 2381)
This law was last updated on May 22, 2018
HB 2381 would require the state capitol commission to develop and implement a plan for the commissioning of a memorial “in dedication to and in recognition of unborn children” in Tennessee, to be located on the capitol grounds. Upon completion, the memorial would be named the “Monument to Unborn Children.”
The commission would solicit input from the public and other interested parties for purposes of developing the plan, including proposed design concepts for the memorial.
Non-state sources would be required to be used to defray all costs relating to the development and implementation of the plan, the design of the memorial, and any construction or other related costs associated with the placement of the memorial on the capitol grounds.
The bill would prohibit the use of state funds for purposes of implementing this provision.
Companion bill to SB 2227.
An amendment was introduced in the house which rewrites the bill to provide that the general assembly calls for a monument to be erected on the capitol campus as a reminder of “unborn children.”
The amendment includes a preamble which highlights two monuments currently on capitol grounds which recognize the immoral practice of both slavery and genocide as a rational for creating the memorial to the “unborn.”
The bill requires one member of the senate and one member of the house to work with the state capitol commission to design and place the monument at a suitable location on the capitol campus.
The bill prohibits the use of state funds for purposes of implementing this provision. The bill creates a separate account within the state general fund to be known as the “Tennessee Monument to Unborn Children fund.” The fund is required to be funded by gifts, grants, and other donations received by the state for the fund from non-state sources. Money in the fund may be used for the design, construction, and installation of the monument.
Upon completion of the monument, the state capitol commission will name the monument the “Tennessee Monument to Unborn Children, In Memory of the Victims of Abortion: Babies, Women, and Men.”
The amended version passed the house on April 19, 2018, by a 63-15 vote.
A slightly amended version passed the senate on April 23, 2018, by a 23-3 vote.
The house did not concur to the senate amendment on April 24, 2018.
On April 25, 2018, the senate withdrew the amendment and passed the bill by a 25-3 vote.
Signed by Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on May 21, 2018. The law takes effect immediately.
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