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Tennessee Bill Regarding the Attorney General and School Restroom Policies (SB 1499)

This law was last updated on Sep 18, 2019

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




SB 1499




Feb 7, 2019


Co-sponsors: 2
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 3


Anti-Transgender, LGBTQ

Full Bill Text

SB 1499 would expand the attorney general and reporter’s duties to include representation of a local education agency (LEA) or certain LEA employees in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the adoption of a policy or practice designating multi-person restrooms, locker rooms, or other facilities for use based only on one’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.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to HB 1274.

Nearly identical to HB 2620/SB 2480, which failed to pass during the 2017-2018 legislative session.

Latest Action

2/7/19 – Introduced.


Primary Sponsor