A bill has been introduced to the Tennessee General Assembly that would impact transgender elementary and secondary students in the state.
It would require that student athletes “participate in school-sanctioned sports based on the student’s biological sex as indicated by the athlete’s original birth certificate issued at birth,” a summary of the bill reads.
“This bill prohibits a school from accepting revised or amended birth certificates for the purposes of athletic participation,” the summary adds. “A school that fails to comply with these requirements will be immediately ineligible to continue receiving state and local public funds.”
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“Under this bill, funding will be restored if the department of education and a court of competent jurisdiction find that the school is in compliance with this bill.”
Tennessee state or local officials who attempt to impede the bill, should it become law, would face civil penalties of up to $10,000.
“Additionally, if an official is found to have violated this bill, the official’s office will be immediately vacated, and the official will be ineligible to hold public office or a position as a school administrator for five years,” the summary adds. “This bill provides that an official subject to the civil action be granted the same rights as a person charged with a criminal offense for the purposes of trial.”