FACT’s State Legislative Issues Briefing Set For March 14

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

As the 108th Tennessee General Assembly begins debating a wide range of issues from education reform to religious liberty, former state Sen. David Fowler will deliver a “State Legislative Issues Briefing” on Thursday, March 14, in Chattanooga. 

The briefing, open to the public and sponsored by the Family Action Council of Tennessee, will be held at the Brainerd Crossroads (BX), 4011 Austin St.  Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. for those making reservations, with the one-hour program beginning at noon.

“There are a number of issues being debated right now by our elected officials in Nashville that will directly impact Tennessee’s families and our religious liberties," said Mr. Fowler, who leads FACT's family advocacy efforts in the state capitol.  "Our citizens need to know what these are – before they become law or get quietly killed in a subcommittee meeting."

Admission to the event is free, or $11 with lunch for those who register online at factn.org. 

Mr. Fowler represented Hamilton County during three four-year terms in the state Senate before retiring in 2006 to head FACT. He has participated in numerous state policy changes, including the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 127, allowing voters in 2014 to decide on whether the people or the state’s Supreme Court should determine what the state policies should be regarding abortion.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit factn.org.

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