For several weeks, House lawmakers have wrestled with what to do about the "Don't Say Gay" bill (HB0229). Leaders in State Government are scratching their heads as to why Tennessee needs this legislation.
The Nashville Scene asked House Speaker Beth Harwell about the bill after telling her that they were puzzled as to the Don’t Say Gay bill's purpose. “I understand your puzzlement,” she said, “and that’s what we’re addressing with the sponsors now.”
House Education Committee Chair Richard Montgomery asked “are we trying to fix something that’s not broken?”
Finally, Governor Bill Haslam recently weighed in on the debate saying “it's an issue we've encouraged people to lay aside . . . I think there's better things for the legislature to occupy themselves with right now."
That’s the best advice we’ve heard from officials in State Government on HB0229.
Tell the House Education Committee to focus on legislation that improves the lives of Tennessee students and lay aside the Don’t Say Gay bill.