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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a bill into law Tuesday that includes an amendment to keep health care providers from prescribing hormone treatment for transgender minors who haven't yet hit puberty, according to the state's General Assembly.

Why it matters: Tennessee is now the second state to pass legislation that aims to restrict transition-related or gender-affirming care for trans minors, as a record number of state bills targeting trans youth have been introduced across the U.S.

Driving the news: In Arkansas, the only state to totally bar gender-affirming care for trans children — which can include hormones and puberty blockers — Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) unsuccessfully vetoed the bill.

  • He told Axios he saw it as "the most extreme law in the country." The Arkansas bill bans hormone treatments, surgery and puberty blockers.

Yes, but: The key difference between the bill in Tennessee and Arkansas is that no prepubertal minors receive hormone therapy for gender dysphoria, Chase Strangio, ACLU deputy director for transgender justice, told Axios.

  • "It unnecessarily codifies the standards of care but does not strip anyone of care," he said of the Tennessee bill.

What they're saying: "I think that all of these efforts are counter to the stance of the entire public health community and the needs that we know transgender children have if we want to give them the same opportunities to thrive," Gillian Branstetter, a spokesperson for the National Women's Law Center, said.

Where it stands: More than 100 bills targeting trans people — with roughly 90 measures focused on trans minors — have been brought by predominately Republican state lawmakers this year, per ACLU data

Go deeper: Doctors fear next steps if states ban care for trans youth

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from the ACLU.

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Unapproved drug given to Arkansas inmates for COVID-19

Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Karas Correctional Health provides health care at the Washington County jail but reportedly has prescribed ivermectin to inmates for COVID-19. Ivermectin is not approved for treating COVID-19.

Why it matters: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned against using the drug for the virus. However, as discussed during a quorum court meeting Tuesday — and reported Wednesday morning in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — the jail's health provider had been prescribing ivermectin to inmates.

Biden to tap telecom trio for NTIA, FCC posts

Jessica Rosenworcel. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

President Joe Biden on Tuesday is expected to name Alan Davidson as head of the telecom arm of the Commerce Department, Jessica Rosenworcel as chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission and Gigi Sohn as a commissioner at the FCC, according to a person familiar with the process.

Why it matters: Internet availability and affordability has been a key policy priority for the White House, but the administration lagged in tapping people for the agency posts that oversee the issues.

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Facebook seeks fountain of youth

Data: Piper Sandler Taking Stock With Teens Study; Chart: Axios Visuals

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said that the company is pivoting its strategy to focus on young adults, following reports that teens have fled its apps.

Why it matters: A series of stories based on leaked whistleblower documents suggest the company sees the aging of its user base as an existential threat to its business.