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NASHVILLE, TN – Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee (AFP-TN) today commended the Senate for passing the Tennessee Public Participation Act. The bill, SB 1097, allows judges to dismiss Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suits that target constitutionally protected speech, requires courts to adjudicate the suit within a reasonable period of time, and allows judges to award attorney fees and costs to the victim of a SLAPP suit.
The threat of costly, long-term SLAPP litigation has been used to silence whistle blowers, journalists, and individuals exercising their First Amendment rights.
AFP-Tennessee State Director Tori Venable issued the following statement:
“We should make it easier, not harder, for all Tennesseans to engage on the causes they’re passionate about. By passing this bill, the Senate showed that Tennessee can be a leader in protecting free speech rights and inviting robust discourse. This bill ensures no citizen can be targeted and penalized for expressing their views on issues of public concern. We thank the Senate for passing this important bill and upholding free speech.”