TN Bill to let students express religious viewpoint

Mar 28, 2012

A proposal preventing Tennessee students from being discriminated against for expressing religious beliefs is headed for a state House floor vote.  The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Andy Holt passed the House Education Committee on a voice vote Tuesday.  The companion bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee today.  Holt says he proposed the legislation after talking with a concerned school board member in his district. He says the proposal allows school districts to develop a so-called "student speaker policy."  Holt says he's working with the state’s school board association on what options the districts will have.  Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh says he doesn't like mandating what school districts should do in this case.