Tennessee Bill Regarding the Attorney General and School Restroom Policies (HB 1488)
This law was last updated on Feb 22, 2018
HB 1488 would expand the attorney general and reporter’s duties to include representation of a local education agency (LEA) or certain LEA employees in a court or administrative tribunal arising out of the adoption of a policy requiring students, faculty, and staff to utilize the restroom, locker room, or other facility that corresponds to that individual’s biological sex.
The bill defines “employee” or employees” to mean “an LEA’s present or past directors of schools, board members, teachers, or nonprofessional staff members.”
In the event that the attorney general and reporter determines that the best interest of the state, LEA, or employee requires private counsel, the LEA or employee would be notified and would have the right to file for reimbursement of defense costs in the same manner as state employees.
The bill provides that the state would reimburse and absolve the LEA or employees of liability from any judgment, fine, penalty, award of plaintiff attorneys’ fees, or other judgment obtained as a result of a legal proceeding arising out of the adoption of any such policy or practice.
Withdrawn on January 17, 2018.