The Alabama Senate has stalled a bill to allow home schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, at public schools, according to the Associated Press.
"The Senate met into the early morning hours Wednesday debating the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Shadrack McGill of Woodville. The bill failed 10-21 about 3 a.m. Then Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, moved to reconsider the vote and carry that over. Marsh said the procedural move gives McGill time to try to garner more support, but he said he doubted that would happen."
McGill tells Alabama's 13 that he plans to reintroduce bill before the end of the legislative session, which could be as early as May 9. "We actually discriminate against home schoolers when we require them to pay same taxes, but don't give them the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities which their tax dollars fund," said McGill.
McGill's bill is named for quarterback Tim Tebow.
In a phone interview, McGill said that 25 states had already passed the same or similar legislation. "With the right changes to the bill and right parties coming together, I think we'll be able to get it passed through the Senate."
Not everyone is on board with the bill. According to the Associated Press, "Democratic Senator Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham said the bill would destroy public school athletics."
We will have more on this story coming up tonight at five and six.
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