Removes requirement for livestock vaccines, allows mRNA vaccine-free meat labeling, removes Ag Commissioners authority to order livestock vaccines

State: TN
Bill Number: HB 842/SB 369
Position: SUPPORT
Action Required: None at this time
Status: HB 842 deferred to summer study & SB 369 failed to be scheduled for committee hearing; session adjourned 4/21/2023, carryover to 2024

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 4/21/2023 - HB 842 was deferred to summer study and SB 369 failed to be scheduled for a hearing in the General Subcommittee of Senate Health and Welfare Committee before session adjourned on 4/21/2023. However, bills in TN carry over from odd to even calendar years.

UPDATE: 3/15/2023 - SB 369 was referred to the General Subcommittee of Senate Health and Welfare Committee on 3/15/2023.

UPDATE: 3/14/2023 - Hearing held on HB 842, deferred to Summer Study in Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee on 3/14/2023. Continue to contact committee members and your legislators to show your support for this bill since they will be studying the topic during the summer.

UPDATE: 3/8/2023 - SB 369 was scheduled for a hearing the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, 3/15/2023 at 3:00pm in Cordell Hull Building, Senate Hearing Room I. Agenda can be viewed here.

UPDATE: 3/8/2023 - HB 842 was scheduled for a hearing in the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Tuesday, 3/14/2023 at 10:30 am in the House Hearing Room II. Agenda can be viewed here

UPDATE: 2/7/2023 - HB 842 was referred to the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee on 2/7/2023.

UPDATE: 2/2/2023 - HB 842 was referred to the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the House Health Committee on 2/2/2023. 

UPDATE: 1/25/2023 - SB 369 was referred to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on 1/25/2023.

B 842 was introduced on 1/30/2023 by Representative Susan Lynn.

SB 369 was introduced on 1/23/2023 by Senator Frank Niceley.  

The companion bills:

  • state meat may be labeled as being free of mRNA vaccine if the animals from which the meat was derived were not administered an mRNA vaccine; 
  • remove authorization for the commissioner of agriculture and the state veterinarian to order vaccination of livestock; and
  • specify that there is no state legal requirement to vaccinate livestock.

The bills amend TCA Title 44; Title 47, Chapter 18 and Title 53. If passed, the act would become effective upon passage. 

NVIC supports these bills based on their position paper on the use of mRNA vaccines which can be read here - text, status, and history of HB 842 - text, status, and history of SB 369