Campfield pushes 'Merry Christmas' in school law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Representative Stacey Campfield has filed a bill that he says would assure students and teachers they could wish others Merry Christmas.

The Knoxville Republican says his bill would stop what he called silly lawsuits.

Campfield told the Knoxville News Sentinel he was not aware of a specific case in which the holiday greeting became an issue in any Tennessee school. Campfield said, however, he knows people who are afraid they would be sued and passage of the bill would reassure them.

Campfield is a highly visible lawmaker who often draws attention for sponsoring contentious bills on social issues, including one ridiculed as the "Don't Say Gay" bill and another that would cut welfare benefits to parents whose children aren't doing well in school.

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