Some Dont Agree With Immigrant Beer Law

Posted at 3:11 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 16:12:21-05

The Tennessee Attorney General's office has issued an opinion that said a law barring some immigrants from obtaining a beer license is likely unconstitutional.
The opinion issued by Attorney General Herbert Slatery took aim at a 2015 law that barred people from getting a license to sell beer unless they had been a lawful resident or U.S. citizen for at least a year.
The opinion said the law is unlikely to survive a court challenge because it discriminates against people based on immigration status and where they were born. It also says the law does not appear to serve a compelling state interest.
Lawmakers generally seek an attorney general's opinion before passing a law.
Republican Rep. Martin Daniel said the city of Knoxville requested that he ask for the opinion.