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Governor Haslam May Sign Evolution Bill

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (AP Photo/File) Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (AP Photo/File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he may sign a proposal that critics deride as the "monkey bill" for once again attacking evolution.

The measure, which would protect teachers who allow students to criticize scientific theories like evolution, was headed to the Republican governor after passing the Senate last month and the House last year.

When asked by a reporter on Monday if he was leaning toward signing the measure, Haslam said "probably so."

Haslam said he has talked with the State Board of Education about whether the bill would affect the current curriculum and what was being taught in schools regarding evolution, and he was told it won't.

Critics have said the proposal could possibly open the door for some religious teachings.

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