Former U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will lead a statewide, bipartisan coalition of elected leaders urging Tennesseans to approve a measure that would remove language permitting a form of slavery from the Tennessee Constitution.
The constitution is worded: "That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, are forever prohibited by this state." Should the constitutional amendment pass, the phrase "except as punishment" for a crime will be removed from the document.
"When I served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I became aware of the travesty that modern slavery today affects more than 27 million people worldwide. Working with others, we passed legislation to begin to counter this in a more effective way," Corker, a Republican, said.