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Bill to let students express religious viewpoint

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would prevent students from being discriminated against for expressing their religious beliefs is headed for a House floor vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden passed the House Education Committee on a voice vote on Tuesday. The companion bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

Holt said he proposed the legislation after talking with a concerned school board member in his district. He said the proposal would allow school districts to develop a so-called "student speaker policy."

Holt said he's working with the Tennessee School Boards Association on what options the school districts will have.

Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh says he doesn't like mandating what school districts should do in this case.

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