A bill allowing Tennessee students, teachers and school employees to refuse to share bathrooms and locker rooms with their transgender peers cleared the Tennessee Senate 21-7 Wednesday morning.
A similar measure passed the House 65-24 Monday night. The Senate bill, which includes slightly different language, is expected to pass the House and head to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk.
The initiative, carried by Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, and Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, would allow students, teachers and staff to refuse sharing certain school facilities — including bathrooms, locker rooms and dorms — with transgender students and sue public schools that do