Transgender restroom bill revived by Tennessee House panel

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee House panel has revived a bill seeking to require students to use restrooms that match their gender at birth.

The House Education Administration and Planning Committee voted 8-4 on Wednesday to reverse an earlier decision to study the bill after the Legislature adjourns for the rest of the year. The bill was then approved by the same vote.

The committee vote came despite concerns raised by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam that Tennessee could lose federal education funding if the bill becomes law.

In several states, major businesses and sports organizations – including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Walt Disney Co., the NFL and the NCAA – have joined lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists in raising concerns that similar measures could legalize discrimination.

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