TN bill would allow 'excretory function' in public if intent not criminal

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A bill before committee in the Tennessee General Assembly would remove the charge of indecent exposure for certain individuals who perform "an excretory function."

HB 2079/SB 2822 is sponsored by Rep. Jason Powell (D-Nashville) and Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) in their respective houses.

Under the bill, the offense of indecent exposure would not include excretion in public as given the intent was not criminal.

The bill states it " does not apply to a person who, in a public place, knowingly performs an excretory function without intent to offend, abuse, torment, harass, or embarrass another person, or attain sexual arousal or gratification."

The bill goes before the Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday.