NASHVILLE, TENN. – State Rep. Brandon Ogles, R- Franklin, today announced four key pieces of legislation that will restore parental rights, preserve personal liberty and protect religious freedom during the special extraordinary legislative session beginning today, Oct. 27.
“Far too long we have sat idle on these issues,” Ogles said. “I am looking forward to getting back to work on behalf of Tennesseans who feel their job is at risk because of overreaching federal mandates.”
House Bill 9055 expands the code for civil rights intimidation, creating a fine based Class D felony for anyone who has the intent to unlawfully intimidate or force a person to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination after they express objection based upon religious beliefs, creed, or conscience.
Tennessee parents have voiced concerns over the Mature Minor Doctrine law, which currently permits health care providers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to minor children without parental consent. House Bill 9013 would ensure health care providers get written consent from a legal guardian before vaccinating a child against the COVID-19 virus.
“As a parent, it is my role to make decisions about what is best for my children. I believe all parents should maintain these rights, even amidst a pandemic.” Ogles said.
Other legislation filed by Ogles defines a religious exemption relative to the COVID-19 vaccinations.
House Bill 9011 allows Tennessee workers to file suit against their employer for violating their religious beliefs, creed, or personal conscience if they are terminated for not receiving a mandated COVID-19 vaccination.
“Tennesseans have done their part to combat COVID-19, and we see that numbers are dropping statewide. There is no need for federal or state vaccination mandates,” Ogles said. “I am committed to protecting our vulnerable children, preserving the rights of parents, and solidifying liberties, whether that be religious, creed, or conscience.”
The third extraordinary session of the 112th General Assembly convenes today at 4 p.m. at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville.
State Representative Brandon Ogles represents District 61 of Williamson County which includes parts of Brentwood and Franklin. He serves as the Tennessee House Republican Caucus Vice Chairman and sits on the House Finance, Ways, and Means and Civil Justice Committee.