The legislation has passed the Senate Education Committee and now sits at Governor Bill Lee’s desk for signature.
Tennessee may become the latest red state to adopt a policy that protects women’s sports by barring funding to schools that allow men to compete in them. The bill passed through the Senate Education Committee on March 29th and has now moved to be signed by Governor Bill Lee (R.)
From the Epoch Times
If signed, Senate Bill 1861 would require the commissioner of education to withhold a portion of state education funding if the school refuses to determine the gender of a student participating in sports.
“We passed a bill last year that required boys to play boys and girls to play girls in K–12, and this bill is putting teeth into it,” Rep. John Ragan, a Republican, said on the House floor when speaking about the companion House Bill 1895.
The bill assigns unspecified financial penalties to the Tennessee law passed in 2021 that prohibited males from playing in female sports.
Common sense, right? Boys play boys, girls play girls, and now it’s enforceable.
Yet, woke Democrats oppose it. Naturally.
The “Human Rights Campaign” (HRC) had the following to say about the bill:
“This bill is only an attempt to continue the conversation to publicly ostracize, demonize, and harm transgender children who only want to play,”
This ignores that “transgender children” are harming others, just as Lia Thomas harmed Riley Gaines when they both tied in fifth. It is neither fair nor competitive to have boys competing in girls’ sports at any level.
A Democrat Tennessee Representative, Gloria Johnson, called it a “hate bill” and a “solution to a problem we don’t have,” two false statements in one.
While the Biden Administration, Disney, and a slew of other woke entities move to promote transgenderism to children through the schools, states like Florida and Tennessee are fighting back.
The message being sent by these states and their voters is a strong one: We will not let the state ruin our children.