Nashville Musicians, Tennessee Attorney General Warn Of Fallout From Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'
by Chas Sisk / WPLN, April 13 - The state's top lawyer is warning of potentially dire consequences to Tennessee and local school districts if lawmakers move forward with a plan to require transgender students to use the bathroom of their birth sex. .... Tennessee faces a national backlash....
The attorney general notes that the U.S. Department of Education has taken the position that ignoring gender identity violates Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in public education. That means districts could be stripped of federal funding if they try to enforce the law.
"In sum, if a transgender student is required by a school district in Tennessee to use a restroom or locker room that is consistent with his or her anatomical gender rather than his or her gender expression or gender identity, and if that student files a complaint, DOE, applying its current interpretation of Title IX, will almost certainly require the school district to permit the student access to the facility consistent with his or her gender expression," the attorney general writes. (link)
Fiscal concerns prompt delay of bathroom bill
by Joel Ebert, The Tennessean, April 13, 2016 -Citing a revised fiscal note — which said the state could see a potential loss of $300,000 in tax revenue with the legislation's passage — Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, who serves as vice chairman of the finance committee, asked Bell to delay action on the measure until after the panel addresses various budget bills, which were also scheduled to be taken up on Tuesday. .... The bill's fiscal note also pointed out that the state faces the prospect of losing federal Title IX funding, which is estimated in next year's budget to be as much as $1.2 billion for K-12 and higher education. .... , a White House spokesman criticized Tennessee's proposed law and similar ones in other states during a news briefing. (link)
Barry Urges Lawmakers To Consider Economic Impact of Anti-LGBT Legislation
“This legislation doesn’t reflect Nashville’s values and doesn’t do anything to improve the quality of life for citizens of our city or state. If some lawmakers don’t see the value in recognizing people’s dignity and privacy, I hope they can at least see the negative economic impact and potential loss of revenue to Nashville and the State of Tennessee. We’ve seen the negative effects that similar laws in North Carolina have had on their economy, and we’ve already received indications that conventions might pull out of Nashville or eliminate our city from consideration should HB2414/SB2387 become law – resulting in a potential loss of over $10 million in state and local tax revenue and nearly $58 million in direct visitor spending removed from our economy.
“That is the loss of economic activity in just one sector of our city’s economy. Our future ability to attract film and television production will also be impacted, and we could expect to see other industry sectors impacted, as well. That’s quite a price to pay for legislation that would seem to hurt people – including some of our youngest and our most vulnerable – without actually benefitting anyone in the process. Instead of creating complex and confusing regulations for restrooms, or becoming the only state in the nation to allow discrimination by counseling professionals, the state should work with local governments to continue our economic growth, address traffic problems, and give our schools the resources and support they need to be successful.”
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. has heard from convention planners who have booked in Nashville and been told that they will not come if HB2414/SB2387 becomes law. Additionally, there are indications that nine other groups are likely to abandon plans to meet in Nashville should the bill pass.
3 definite groups that will cancel meetings in Nashville:
- $8,985,308 in direct spending
- $703,540 in state taxes
- $916,095 in local taxes
- $48,791,853 in direct spending
- $3,746,217 in state taxes
- $4,874,125 in local taxes
- $57,777,161 in direct spending
- $4,449,757 in state taxes
- $5,790,220 in local taxes
Tennessee tourism, TV leaders: Bathroom bill could cost jobs, revenue .......Nashville's top tourism executive said the bill, slated for consideration Wednesday by a legislative committee, could lead to lost conventions and the revenue they generate. .... The bill damages the image of Tennessee as a welcoming place, contended Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. President and CEO Butch Spyridon. He said two groups have said Nashville won’t be considered as an option for future conventions if the law passes. A CVC spokeswoman said those unspecified conventions would bring more than 10,800 combined hotel room nights. .... “Letting this be the reason we lose the ‘Nashville’ show would be a huge blow,”...