UPDATED: What consistency? Seven who opposed Bible bill override vote for latest version

The House meets at the state Capitol in Nashville on June 1, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

When then-Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a 2016 bill to make the Bible the official state book, 15 Republicans who still remain in the chamber today voted against an override. On Monday night, seven of those representatives switched their positions to support the latest version that passed by just five votes more than the minimum needed to clear the chamber.

The GOP members who essentially voted to sustain Haslam’s veto five years ago while approving the renewed measure were Majority Leader William Lamberth of Portland, Caucus Chair Jeremy Faison of Cosby, Andrew Farmer of Sevierville, Curtis Johnson of Clarksville, John Ragan of Oak Ridge, Mark White of Memphis, and Ryan Williams of Cookeville.

While 55 members approved of the bill on Monday, 28 voted against. Another nine didn’t vote, including Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville).

The measure now heads to the Senate, where Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) has spoken out in opposition.

10 Responses to UPDATED: What consistency? Seven who opposed Bible bill override vote for latest version

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    Why do these guys continue to waste their time and our money on bills that don’t help anybody, instead of something productive?

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      MARLE says:

      I am certain that God has spoken to the hearts of each and every one of these legislators telling them to persist in trying to make the Bible the official book of TN and so this is Very Important and not a waste of time. In fact, I bet God doesn’t speak to them about infrastructure, vaccines, or the like in the same voice as He does the ” Bible/Book issue”,

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Yeah, and these same people who “God has spoken to their heart” will probably soon deny giving water to voters in line in Tennessee just like Georgia did last week. “The State Book” they support so much has something to say about that too.

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          MARLE says:

          You don’t need water or a porterhouse to go while waiting to vote. So I hope no one wants to get into a piece of legislation that spells out that water is allowed, but a sprite isn’t while a chili dog is but a hamburger isn’t. Just shut all this jibber jabber and endless challenges about what is and what isn’t by just disallowing ANYTHING.

          Bring you own and end the madness of silly stuff.

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          MARLE says:

          And the original comment was not intended to count me as one of those who thinks making the Bible the official book is a good idea.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    They need to adjourn!!!

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    Larry Seay says:

    There is a point to be made here .Our great state is in need of help (Devine help) State representatives should take a careful look at Tennessee’s annual crime data compiled by the TBI submitted monthly from law enforcement agencies throughout our state. Tennessee is a great place to call home however, some areas are in serious trouble.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      The state representatives are the very ones the FBI raided last month for exactly the crimes against the public that you talk about. They are running scared. Yes we do need Devine help but the crime data the FBI have been collecting in our state has been from the State Representatives themselves – the Conservative Republican, far-right kind. The kind Stuart loves and brags about their High Scores.

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    James White says:

    Why isn’t the legislature stopping the Governor, Mayors, Health Department from making up ‘laws’?

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