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Haslam Allows Refugees Lawsuit To Move Forward

Posted at 11:49 AM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 23:58:53-04

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has decided against a veto of a resolution demanding a lawsuit to be filed over the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee.

Fears about refugees in Tennessee came into focus after terrorist attacks last year in Paris and San Bernardino.

Haslam had expressed concerns about the measure during the legislative session, saying he didn't like the idea of one branch of government telling the attorney general what to do, or the precedent it would set if the state were to hire a private firm.

The governor announced Friday that he had declined to sign the resolution over separation of powers concerns, and said he was asking state Attorney General Herbert Slatery to clarify whether lawmakers have the authority to hire attorneys to represent the state.