After Weeks Of Debate, We're Watching Governor Haslam's Veto Pen | Nashville Public Radio

After Weeks Of Debate, We're Watching Governor Haslam's Veto Pen

Apr 25, 2016

Tennessee legislators were running out of Cheetos and cold coffee by the end of the session, which dragged on a couple of days longer than expected. One of the final debates was about whether to adjourn at all, just in case Governor Bill Haslam decided to issue another veto.

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In 2014, Governor Haslam said he could not support a total repeal of the Hall tax.

It doesn't sound like Haslam will veto the bill allowing therapists to pass on clients who they can't in good conscience treat.

Allowing guns on college campuses will get extra scrutiny.

UT's diversity office was stripped of its funding for one year, and the money won't go to "In God We Trust" decals.

There is some question about whether Haslam can actually veto a resolution, not a bill. And the proposal to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement is a resolution.

The last debate was about whether to formally end the session or leave open the option to come back and override a veto. But eagerness to hit the campaign trail and start raising money won the day.