Transgender bathroom bill passes both Tennessee House, Senate
The bill will now go to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would put public schools and districts at risk of civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that don’t reflect their gender at birth.
The bill passed the Senate 21-7 Wednesday. The bill, which was passed by the House with a 65-24 vote Monday, will now go to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.
Under the legislation, a student or employee could sue in an effort to claim monetary damages “for all psychological, emotional, and physical harm suffered” if school officials allow a transgender person into the bathroom or locker room when others are in there, or if they require staying in the same sleeping quarters as a member of the opposite sex at birth unless that person is a family member.
The bill states schools must attempt to offer a bathroom or changing room that is single-occupancy is a student or employee “desires greater privacy when using a multi-occupancy restroom or changing facility designated for the person’s sex at birth.”
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