Student-written bill introduced in Tennessee General Assembly

Published: Feb. 24, 2017 at 11:05 PM EST
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A bill written by two Maryville College students is now under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly.

The bill was written by Molly Ridgeway and Joshua Anderson as part of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature’s General Assembly. It was subsequently proposed to the official General Assembly by Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Roger Kane (R-Knoxville) as Senate Bill 524 and House Bill 462.

The bill advocates for the Tennessee State Board of Education to allow American Sign Language as a course that fulfills the foreign language requirement in schools. The students hope their bill will lead to more Tennesseans being able to use American Sign Language.

Both Ridgeway and Anderson plan to be at committee hearings on March 1 to support their bill.