House sub sinks constitutional amendment giving God credit for liberty

A proposed amendment to the Tennessee constitution declaring that God is the source of liberty failed on a tie vote in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee Wednesday, reports the Associated Press.

HJR37, sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, would have inserted this sentence into the state constitution: “We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God.”

Under House rules, a measure must receive a majority of positive votes to advance. The defeat came on a voice vote, according to the legislative website, with three Republican members – Reps. Mike Carter of Ooltewah, Andrew Farmer of Sevierville and Debra Moody of Tiptonville – having themselves recorded as voting yes.

Amending the state constitution is a lengthy process in Tennessee. Proposed changes must pass by a majority in both chambers during one two-year General Assembly, and then pass by at last two-thirds of the vote in the next. To amendment would then go before the voters in the year of the next gubernatorial election.

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