Veto Override Sought On Bible Bill

Posted at 2:48 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 21:07:32-04

Republicans in the Legislature have their first opportunity to override one of Governor Bill Haslam's vetoes this week when they seek to re-pass a bill to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee.

The sponsors of the Bible bill are expected to formally announce their plans to override the veto on the House floor on Monday evening, which legislative leaders say sets up a vote on Wednesday.

Haslam's previous three vetoes were made after the General Assembly had adjourned for year.

The bill received 55 votes in the 99-member House and 19 votes in the 33-member Senate. As it only takes a majority in both chambers to override a veto, the Haslam administration needs to turn six House votes and three in the Senate for the veto to stand.