Speakers quietly drop hand-held sign ban at Cordell Hull

The Tennessee Legislature has quietly revised its “Facility Use Policies” to remove a ban on all signs within the Cordell Hull building. Moving forward, “small letter sized signs that do not obstruct the view of visitors are acceptable,” according to the policy.

Under the previous set of rules, all signs were banned, regardless of whether they were hand-held or mounted to sticks or poles. The fact that this was done in the name of preventing “a serious safety hazard to visors and tenants” was the cause of much mockery because it was imposed alongside a new policy allowing handgun carry permit holders to be armed within the building.

House Democrats announced Wednesday that Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) had requested a legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery about whether ban on “hand-carried signs and signs on hand sticks” violates the First Amendment. Jones’ letter is dated Jan. 11.

House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) signed the revised policy on Jan. 3.

Note: This post comes via Erik Schelzig, editor of the Tennessee Journal. Previous post on the policy, HERE.

3 Responses to Speakers quietly drop hand-held sign ban at Cordell Hull

  • How and does this effect ones ability to carry a small Jury Nullification sign inside a Courthouse, as both are judicial buildings, and Jurors should be afforded the knowledge of all their options, when judging another’s actions and punishment?

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      Lee Otts says:

      I would love to know the answer to Dana’s question as well

    • Tom Humphrey
      Tom Humphrey says:

      It apparently has no impact at all. The rules addressed here apply only to the Cordell Hull building, where legislators — specifically the speakers — run things and not to the courts, where judges run things.

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