Tennessee lawmakers are proposing a new bill that would require some students to play sports based on their gender assigned at birth.
Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) introduced HB 1572, the Girls Athletic Protection Act (GAP), in December.
Griffey is proposing that students in public and secondary schools in Tennessee play sports based on their gender assigned at birth and not what they currently identify as. Under the bill, schools that don’t comply would immediately lose state and federal funding.
“It’s to maintain fairness in competition. I don’t know that it’s a huge problem in Tennessee right now, but I want to be proactive so we don’t have a bunch of controversy down the road,” Griffey told FOX 13 News. “I want, if an issue comes up or a lawsuit is filed, I want a judge to say, ‘here’s the policy for the state of Tennessee.’
Furthermore, the bill also carries a civil penalty of up to $10,000 against a local or state official if they willfully violate the bill. Griffey also proposes that person should “vacate” their office and not able to hold public office or work in a school for five years.