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Posted by: Josie Beets on Mar 19, 2014

A bill banning "mass picketing" by unions is unconstitutional, according to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the House Consumer and Human Resources Subcommittee next week. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Turner asked for the opinion, citing potential "invalid" restrictions on speech. The AG's opinion confirms Rep. Turner's concerns, saying the bill raises First Amendment issues in the form of "content-based restriction on speech."