Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey Ramsey sees no need for special session

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, speaks to the Pachyderm Club at a lunch at the Hamilton County Republican Headquarters on Chestnut Street.

NASHVILLE - Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he sees no need for a special legislative session to require Tennessee's attorney general to defend local school districts over transgender student bathroom policies.

The reason?

"Herbert Slatery, the attorney general, called me to say we're going to defend that wholeheartedly," Ramsey, the Republican Senate speaker, told Bradley County Republicans on Saturday night at their annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada has been canvassing colleagues, seeking support for a possible special session to require Slatery to defend schools sued for violating President Barack Obama's transgender student policies.

A recent directive from the U.S. Justice and Education departments said students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity, not biological sex.

The American Civil Liberties Union-Tennessee fanned conservative Republicans' ire last week by asking Education Department officials to enforce the directive against Sumner County schools.