Tennessee Senate passes anti-protester bill

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Tennessee lawmakers have rejected a measure that would've restricted which bathroom transgender students can use, apparently putting an end to the debate for the year. "They provide better education for student journalists that are the journalists of tomorrow and they foster critical conversations and accountability within the school community".

"I'm hoping that there has been a lot of change of heart from those senators and representatives and hopefully by sharing student stories they can come to realize that this bill can change the lives of thousands of students across Tennessee", Gonzales said.

The state's Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would allow off-duty police officers and sheriff's deputies to carry guns at sporting events throughout the state.

UT System Chancellor William McRaven said in his testimony that universities should have a say in writing the targets, but agreed this was a more personalized approach.

"Excellence is expensive, including excellence in higher education", Zaffirini said.

ONE LEFT Tennessee lawmakers advocating for vouchers and similar school-choice programs are now rallying behind a single bill. The new House Higher Education Committee chairman, state Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, hasn't publicly weighed in on what the legislature's role should be in limiting tuition issues.

Schools could technically increase tuition for next year, but they would then have to lower it back down the year after.

The bill also requires the state attorney general's office to author example policy about religious expression that schools can chose to adopt. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, who proposed the amendment. This was in response to worries that growing entitlement programs would squeeze out discretionary budgets for higher education that relied mostly on state funding for operations.

A similar bill was withdrawn by its sponsor a year ago.