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Transgender bathroom bill dies in Tennessee House committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth has failed for the year.

The bill died in a House Education Administration and Planning Committee meeting Tuesday that was packed with transgender youth who opposed the measure.

Transgender students who testified before the committee were elated and said they felt like sharing their personal stories had impacted the vote.

Religious conservatives had pushed the legislation, but some lawmakers were concerned that the proposal would create more confusion. Local schools already have their own policies on use of bathrooms for transgender students.

There was also concern about financial impact to the state. Gov. Bill Haslam had objected to the bill because he was concerned that Tennessee could lose federal funding if it passed.