Opponents of a measure that bans Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues say they'll continue to show up in large groups to protest the legislation. The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Representative and House Education Subcommittee chair Joey Hensley. It was scheduled to be heard by the subcommittee Wednesday, but Hensley says he wanted to be out by a certain time and delayed taking up his bill and others until next week. Chris Sanders is chairman of the Nashville committee of the Tennessee Equality Project, which organized the gathe
Tennessee parents would be able to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities under a proposal advancing in the state House. The measure passed the House Education Subcommittee Wednesday on a voice vote. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Education Committee. Under the legislation, schools would notify parents about the activities by way of student handbooks or policy guidebooks. Lawmakers say those parents who don't want their children to participate in a certain activity would be able to send a note to the school.
Amish men from across Kentucky arrived at the Capitol Tuesday to watch the Senate approve a bill allowing them to use reflective tape on their horse-drawn buggies rather than the bright orange triangular signs some object to on religious grounds. The vote passed unanimously and that now goes to the House for consideration. Murray Republican Ken Winters sponsored the measure that allows buggy drivers to use gray or silver reflective tape to outline their vehicles. Winters says tests show the reflective tape makes the buggies visible up to 1,000 feet away.
Governor Steve Beshear and other state officials reiterated the importance of a legislative package focused on fighting prescription drug abuse today (Mon). House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed House Bill 4 last week calling for tougher restrictions on pain management clinics and better use of the state’s prescription monitoring system. Stumbo calls the issue a bi-partisan effort.
“It doesn’t matter whose name is on it, it matters what names it saves down the road, what lives it affects, and how it has a positive impact on this problem. And I believe that it will.”