Lawmakers fail to conclude Tennessee legislative session
A lengthy debate over a proposed veto override, partisan squabbling and a disagreement over a tax cut have delayed the planned conclusion of the Tennessee legislative session.
As the House slowly churned through its calendar into the evening Wednesday, the Senate voted to recess for the night and return Thursday.
The House bid to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of making the Bible the state’s official book ended up falling short after two hours of debate.
The rest of the day was marked by sniping between Democrats who tried to amend various Republican bills and the GOP supermajority killing those efforts.
Republican leaders also grappled with efforts by members of their own party to try to expand a planned cut in the Hall tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.