Controversial 'Milo Bill' Gets New Name After Breitbart Editor Resigns

Posted at 5:43 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 08:29:26-05

A Republican lawmaker has planned to change the name of a controversial bill named after right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, after he seemed to endorse pedophilia in comments made over the weekend.

The "Milo Bill" was first introduced by Republican Representative Martin Daniel earlier this month.

At a news conference, Rep. Daniel played video of riots at UC Berkeley which prompted school officials to cancel a speech by Yiannopoulos. At the time, Rep. Daniel told reporters his bill would prevent state run colleges like UT Knoxville from taking similar measures.

On Tuesday, he told NewsChannel 5 he plans to rename the bill the "Thomas Jefferson Bill," and said he doesn't follow or keep track of Yiannopoulos even though he spent an entire news conference pushing a bill named after him.

Democrats called for the bill to be pulled entirely.

"It's a ridiculous and misguided bill," said Democratic House Leader Mike Stewart.