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Transgender athlete penalty bill heads to Tennessee governor's desk

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Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald)_and Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) sponsored the restrictive transgender sports bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will soon decide whether to sign off on adding harsh penalties against public schools in his state that allow transgender athletes to participate in girls’ sports.

Tennessee's GOP-controlled Legislature finished advancing the proposal Monday, with Senate Republicans approving the measure 26-5. The House had previously approved the bill last month.

Under the legislation headed to Lee’s desk, Tennessee’s Department of Education would withhold a portion of a state funds from local school districts that fail to determine a student’s gender for participation in middle or high school sports.

The measure does not specify exactly how much money should be withheld by the state.