On Wednesday, over the opposition of the Haslam administration, the School Protection Act (HB 2620), sponsored by Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden), was approved by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee by a vote of 4-2 with one abstention.
The bill authorizes the state attorney general to represent a local school board and/or its employees if a group like the ACLU sues a local school or school system over the adoption of a policy or practice designating use of multi-person restrooms, locker rooms, or other facilities based only on the student’s biological sex.
Those in favor of the bill include Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah), Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin), Rep. Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) and Rep. Debra Moody (R-Covington). Rep. Bill Beck (D-Nashville) and Rep. G. A. Hardaway (D-Memphis) voted no while Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) abstained.
The bill will be heard by the entire Civil Justice Committee next week.
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