Transgender bathroom state bill sent to summer study by House

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NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth was sent to summer study by a House subcommittee Tuesday.

The bill is advancing despite opposition from the state’s Republican governor, Bill Haslam. Conservatives have pushed the legislation, which is sponsored by Rep. Susan Lynn of Old Hickory and Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, both Republicans.

If not passed, the Tennessee General Assembly Fiscal Review Committee believes the federal funding to the state could be impacted. However, this belief is based off future actions of the U.S. Department of Education.

Last month South Dakota became the only state to pass a bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth. However, Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed the legislation.

Tennessee’s bill would require transgender students at public grade schools and universities to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their sex on their birth certificate.(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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