New Bill Threatens Free Speech And Advocacy Organizations Across Tennessee

Jan 23, 2023 | Political News

Existing on both sides of the political aisle, advocacy groups can often be a vital part of the relationship between constituents and representatives.

HB0183, filed by Rep. Sam Whitson (R-Franklin-District 65) and the corresponding SB0160, filed by Sen. Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville-District 7), would directly affect the autonomy of advocacy organizations across the state, such as Tennessee Stands and Tennessee Right to Life.

According to the bill summary, this legislation “designates ‘political campaign committees’ and ‘multicandidate political campaign committees’ as ‘political action committees’; [and] makes various changes to campaign finance laws and the duties of the registry of election finance.” 

On January 20th, 2023, HB0183 and SB0160 were passed on first consideration and are now awaiting committee assignment.