Another day, another scheduled vote on SB 49, another postponement.
SB 49, of course, is our own Sen. Stacey Campfield's beloved "Don't Say Gay" bill. (The bill is less beloved by our other state senator, Jamie Woodson, who was the only Republican to vote against it in committee). The full Senate was supposed to vote on the bill April 28, then May 5, then May 9, then yesterday, then today. Now, according to Tennesseean reporter Chas Sisk, Campfield pulled the bill from the floor today and reset it for a vote on next Wednesday's calendar. Sisk tweeted earlier today:
Campfield says he's moving SB 49, the Don't Say Gay bill, to next Wednesday.Campfield formally moved the bill to the end of Wed.'s calendar. They may not get to it that day either, then.
We don't know if Stacey put off the vote because he was embarrassed to have made The Daily Show on Monday (though we somehow doubt it), or if those high school kids protesting yesterday gave him pause (we somehow doubt that too). But we can't help but think he's putting it off because he doesn't have the support to get the legislation passed. And this late in the session, we won't be surprised if Campfield (or the Senate) ends up postponing any vote on "Don't Say Gay" until next year.
We feel it is important to point out, however, that even if Stacey does get the bill through next week, it has virtually zero chance of making it to the governor's desk to be signed into law this year. (Would the seemingly-rational Gov. Bill Haslam even sign it? We have no idea.) Rep. Bill Dunn (another Knoxville favorite) is the bill's sponsor in the House, and he said two weeks ago that he will not be pushing for its passage this year. In fact, no action has been taken on the House version of the legislation, HB 229, since Feb. 9 when it was assigned to a subcommittee.