Opinion: What Dunnavant Has Done

By Bert Berlin

Early Voting

What Dunnavant Has Done: Early Voting On February 1, 2016, Dunnavant voted against SB106, which would have allowed a registered voter to vote absentee-in person without giving any reason. The voter need only indicate their name and the last four numbers of their Social Security number and make a statement that they are registered in the city or county they were voting in. The bill passed the Senate but died in committee in the House. (Source: Vote Smart) Why would Dr. Dunnavant oppose making it easier for people to vote?

What Dunnavant Has Done:

Same-sex Marriage

On March 10, 2016, Dunnavant voted in favor of SB41. The bill provided:

No person shall be:
1. Required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage; or
2. Subject to any penalty, any civil liability, or any other action by the Commonwealth, or its political subdivisions or representatives or agents, solely on account of such person’s belief, speech, or action in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.

The bill was vetoed by the governor.

What Dunnavant Has Done

Death Penalty

On March 11, 2016, the senator voted in favor of HB815, which provided that prisoners must be executed by the electric chair if the Director of the Department of Corrections is unable to procure the drugs necessary for execution by lethal injection. The bill passed both chambers but was vetoed by the governor. The governor’s substitute bill that permitted the Director to purchase lethal drugs secretly, was enacted.

Why do you think that people who are “pro-life” are so anxious to carry out the death penalty?