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  • Tenn. Bible bill veto sustained

    by Lonnie Wilkey and David Roach, posted Thursday, April 21, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An attempt to override Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's veto of a bill that would have made the Bible the official state book of Tennessee failed Wednesday (April 20).

    After nearly two hours of discussion, members of the Tennessee House of Representatives voted 50-43 against overriding the veto, The Tennessean reported. An override would have required only a simple majority in both chambers of the state legislature, a margin it achieved comfortably upon initial passage. Read More

  • Bible vetoed as TN state book, hope for override

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Friday, April 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill April 14 that would have made the Bible the official state book, but the measure's sponsors are hopeful a veto override will occur.

    Rep. Jerry Sexton and Sen. Steve Southerland, both Republicans, told The Tennessean they plan to lead an override effort, which would require only a simple majority in both chambers. The bill passed earlier this month by a 55-38 margin in the state House of Representatives and a 19-8 margin in the Senate. Read More

  • Tenn. turns back Bible as official state book

    by Staff, posted Friday, April 17, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Bible will not become the official state book of Tennessee -- at least not this year.

    The Tennessee Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible bill to committee April 16, effectively killing the measure after it had passed the House of Representatives the previous day by a 55-38 margin. Read More