Records regarding the “Human Life Protection Act” (HOUSE BILL 1029 and Senate Bill 1257)

Kent Hoover filed this request on behalf of Insider Staff with the Office of the Mayor of Nashville (TN) of Nashville, TN.
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From: Insider Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Tennessee Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All publicly releasable records concerning the implementation of the following state statute, signed in 2019, which will go into effect should the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade be overturned later this year:

The “Human Life Protection Act” HOUSE BILL 1029 and Senate Bill 1257: “Abortion - As enacted, enacts the Human Life Protection Act, which bans abortion in this state effective on the 30th day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade or an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to allow states to prohibit abortion; creates exception for situations where the abortion is necessary to prevent the death of pregnant woman or prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of major bodily function; prohibits prosecution of a woman upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted. - Amends TCA Section 9-4-5116; Title 37, Chapter 10, Part 3; Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 2; Title 39, Chapter 15, Part 2; Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 1; Title 63, Chapter 9; Title 63, Chapter 6; Title 68 and Title 71, Chapter 5. (Companion bill has been assigned Public Chapter Number 351 by the Secretary of State.)”

Responsive records should include but not be limited to:

-Planning documents, including draft copies, concerning the implementation of the statute
-Slides and presentations
-Emails and other written communications concerning the statute memorialized between January 1, 2021 through the day this request is processed
-Notes and guidelines, including guidance for law enforcement and medical providers concerning the statute
-Press releases and public communications concerning the statute

Search terms should include but not be limited to “Human Life Protection Act” "HOUSE BILL 1029" "HB 1029" "Senate Bill 1257" "SB 1257" "Dolores Gresham" "Susan Lynn" "abortion" and "fetus".

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

This request is filed by Kent Hoover, a citizen of Tennessee, in coordination with Insider Staff.

From: Office of the Mayor of Nashville (TN)

PHONE: (615) 862-6770

Dear Kent Hoover,

Thank you for using hubNashville!

We have received your 3/21/2022 request. You will receive a response promptly with an update on your Public Records Request.

Your Request number: 00924895
As your request is being processed, you will be updated periodically by the department(s) handling your request. The Metro Clerk’s Office will act as your point of contact for inquiries or follow-up communications.

If you have any questions regarding this notification, please contact the Metropolitan Clerk’s office at 615-862-6770.
Thank you!
Metro Public Records Request Coordinator
1 Public Square, Suite 205
Nashville, TN 37201

From: Office of the Mayor of Nashville (TN)


The Metropolitan Clerk’s Office does not process or maintain records for the State of Tennessee. Please contact the State of TN with your request.

Thank you,

Sapriya Scruggs
Metropolitan Clerk’s Office
Public Information Office
1 Public Square, Suite 205
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 862-6770

From: Insider Staff

Good afternoon Sapriya,

Thank you for the update. I'm afraid I'm confused, however. This is not a request for the state of Tennessee, which I'm already in touch with. To be clear: this request is intended for your office, regarding, among other things, email communication between city officials and state officials regarding the forthcoming implementation of this law.

Can you please reply to this message with a list of search terms you used to process my request, as well as what department(s) were searched?

Please refer to the suggested search terms in my request in the event they were not used.

Given the time that has elapsed since I submitted my request, I ask that you release records on a rolling basis as they become available, rather than all at once. As you know, your office is obligated to make responsive records available “promptly,” and if they are not made available promptly, your records custodian has seven business days to: 1) Make the records available; 2) Deny the request in writing, or; 3) State in writing the time it will need to produce the records. T.C.A. § 10-7-503(a)(2)(B).

Thank you,

From: Insider Staff

Hello? Can you please reply to this email with answers to my questions from April 11?


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