A Chattanooga lawmaker has introduced at bill to the Tennessee House of Representatives that has effectively reopened the anti-trans bathroom debate in this state.
If passed, HB 1488 would direct the TN Attorney General to defend school districts that engage in anti-transgender bathroom discrimination. Rep. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) has suggested that it is intended to protect small, poorer school districts that might not be able to financially defend themselves from a Constitutional challenge.
The Tennessee Equality Project is urging supporters to contact Rep. McCormick and ask him to withdraw the bill for multiple reasons. For one, the bill is debatably unconstitutional. Too, it would be costly for the state—especially if it is compelled—to financially support any untold number of Tennessee school districts that might face a challenge, should it choose to approve an anti-trans bathroom policy.
House Minority Leader Mike Stewart (D-Nashville) told the Chattanooga Times Free Press: "I've just not met a single educator or real person who cares about this bathroom issue." That reason is partly why last year's proposed anti-trans bathroom law was taken off notice.
TEP has created an easy online form you can use to contact Rep. McCormick.