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House votes 69-17 to approve anti-Sex Week resolution

Tom Humphrey, Knoxville News Sentinel • Feb 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

NASHVILLE — A resolution condemning the University of Tennessee’s Sex Week as “an atrocious event” and “an outrageous misuse of student fees and grant moneys” was approved by the House on Monday night over protests of some Democrats that students’ rights were being ignored.

The measure passed on a 69-17 vote with other representatives taking no position one way or the other. The resolution now goes to the Senate.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin said during debate that if university officials ignore HJR661, which amounts to an expression of opinion with no legal impact, “There may be stronger actions coming from this body.”

Still pending in the Legislature are measures to put new restrictions on the use of student fees that could impact funding of UT Sex Week, scheduled for next week on the Knoxville campus. The event features, according to the resolution, “an aphrodisiac cooking class, drag show, and condom scavenger hunt.”

As originally drafted by Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, the sponsor, the resolution condemned the UT administration. That was amended to instead condemn “organizers” of the event.

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