Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin is sponsoring a resolution that would recognize Nashville high school students who went to the steps of the state capitol building this past legislative session to protest the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The state bill, sponsored by Rep. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, cleared the state Senate in altered form, allowing only the teaching of “natural human reproduction science” in public schools. The companion bill in the House stalled before the conclusion of the 107th legislative session, but could be revived next year.
Hollin, who joined high school students at the protests and piloted Metro’s now-nullified nondiscrimination bill that affected city contractors, said he’s trying to recognize the political participation of high school students.
“If you look at our upcoming election, most prognosticators suggest that voter turnout will be roughly 30 percent,” Hollin said. “That’s a dismal prediction of civic engagement in our city. These students are doing something few would.”
Interestingly, Hollin’s resolution is on Metro’s consent agenda, meaning the council would likely cast one vote for it and several other resolutions that honor various Nashvillians.
Other resolutions on the council’s consent agenda include bills to honor outgoing Nashville Public Library Director Donna Nicely; retiring Metro Clerk Marilyn Swing; departing NewsChannel5 sports director Hope Hines; and the 40th high school reunion of Pearl High School.
The council is set to consider Hollin's resolution at next Tuesday's meeting.