Lawmakers Delay on ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill, Gov. Says Drop It

Yesterday a committee of state lawmakers put off dealing with so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation. That’s after hearing in private from an official with Governor Bill Haslam’s office.

The amendment (pdf) that passed the state senate last year would limit all sexual instruction up through eighth grade to quote “natural human reproduction science.” Now some House lawmakers want to add some exceptions, or keep it from interfering with an anti-bullying law passed last year.

Asked about his administration’s reported intervention yesterday, Haslam told reporters he thinks there are simply better things for lawmakers to spend their time on.

“I’ve said before I don’t think that should be a priority of the legislature. I think there’s other things that we can and should be focused on right now, and I’ve been up front about that from the very beginning.”

Haslam says it’s still too early to say whether he’d veto the measure, because it could still be amended (link) in the state House. The sponsor there says he’ll bring it up again next week.

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