House committee puts off 'Don't Say Gay' measure - WSMV Channel 4

House committee puts off 'Don't Say Gay' measure

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Supporters of a measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students have put off consideration of the bill after being told of fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's opposition to the measure.

The start of the House Education Committee meeting was delayed 15 minutes on Tuesday while Republicans huddled in Speaker Beth Harwell's office.

Republican Rep. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald later announced that he was putting off the bill for a week.

"I don't think that should be a priority of the Legislature," Gov. Haslam said. "There are other things that we can and should be focused on right now. I've been up front on that from the beginning."

Committee members announced proposed amendments to the bill Tuesday.

One of the changes comes after concerns voiced by counselors who said they wouldn't be able to counsel students who come to them to discuss issues with sexuality.

Haslam did not indicate Tuesday whether he would veto the bill if it came to his desk, because he says it has been going through so many changes lately.

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