From Lisa: Love & Legislation

  • February 13, 2018

I wrote you a February-inspired poem.

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

the legislative session has started

and the building is brand new!

While the newly renovated Cordell Hull building provides meeting rooms that are sparkly and pristine, it’s clear that the topics being debated are still gritty and often long-standing. As usual, it is difficult, if not impossible, to know how each session will go or what issues will take prominence. Often there are bills that seem to be in direct conflict with each other - there are those which call for expanding Medicaid and those demanding further restrictions on Medicaid. Sometimes the issues fall along party lines, and other times they are miraculously bipartisan in nature. And every once in a while a bill comes along that has opposing parties voting on the same side, but for completely different reasons!

One thing is certain, the legislative process is never dull. You can rest assured that DRT actively monitors bills related to disability issues and provides education as needed. We are also keeping you apprised of matters impacting the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities through our weekly Policy Watch. You can sign up to receive our policy email each Friday while the Tennessee General Assembly is in session.

We’re also excited for February 14th, partly because we love Valentine’s Day, but also because of an important event happening ON Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t involve chocolate or flowers, but it is a pretty sweet opportunity. On Tuesday, February 14th, all of you are invited to visit the new legislature for Disability Day on the Hill. This is an opportunity for learning and for sharing your perspective with Tennessee legislators. If you have never been, you will find it fascinating to see how the legislative process works! Can’t make it? There are a few other day on the hill events you can catch:

Love and legislation are in the air!


Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides free legal advocacy services to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities.

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