The Republican-controlled Tennessee state legislature authorized a invoice that will additional defend ladies’ sports activities from pro-transgender directors and coaches within the state’s faculties.
The measure, SB1861, handed 26-5 within the state Senate and can now go earlier than Gov. Invoice Lee (R) for approval. Lee has not publicly stated if he supported the laws, although he signed a invoice final 12 months banning transgender athletes from taking part in ladies’ sports activities, the Washington Publish reported.
That ban, which is presently in impact, is the topic of an ongoing lawsuit “difficult its constitutionality,” and the trial is predicted to start out in March of subsequent 12 months, the report states. SB1861 would penalize public faculties for bowing to the transgender activist agenda. The invoice’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Joey Hensley, stated the measure is supposed to additional defend college students.
“What this invoice does is put enamel in that laws,” Hensley stated.
Below the proposed legislation, Tennessee’s Division of Training could be directed to “withhold a portion of the state schooling finance funds” if the general public center or highschool “refused to find out a pupil’s gender, for functions of participation in faculties sports activities, by the coed’s intercourse on the time of delivery…,” in line with invoice’s textual content.
“The measure doesn’t specify precisely how a lot cash must be withheld by the state,” the Publish reported.
The Republican-supermajority Senate additionally authorized a invoice that will prohibit males who establish as ladies from taking part in ladies’s faculty sports activities. That laws should go to the state Home for additional consideration.
Moreover signing the transgender athletes ban final 12 months, Gov. Lee has signed a couple of different items of laws that defend ladies and younger youngsters from the transgender activist agenda. In Might of 2021, Lee signed a invoice into legislation that separates non-public areas reminiscent of bogs and locker rooms to be used by people in line with their delivery intercourse. Lee additionally signed a invoice that very same month that prohibits performing sex-change surgical procedures and prescribing hormones and puberty blockers for minors.
Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart Information. You may observe her on Twitter.