Bathroom bill delayed in Tennessee

Transgender people in Philadelphia can now use restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with, officials said Tuesday, November 20, 2015. JPG Photography

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker is stalling a transgender bathroom bill for a week or two amid recent federal actions.

Republican Rep. Mark Pody said his bill was delayed in committee Tuesday to allow time to re-evaluate the wording.

The U.S. Supreme Court opted Monday not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law applied in a school transgender bathroom case.

Last month, the Trump administration withdrew President Obama’s directive that schools let students use bathrooms of their self-identified gender, not birth.

Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally has said the state bill isn’t needed after the Trump administration’s move.

Pody says recent actions make it a state issue.

Pody’s bill would require students in public schools and public colleges and universities to use restrooms and locker rooms of their sex on their birth certificates.

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