Lee to let online gambling bill become law without signature

Gov. Bill Lee speaks to the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business in Nashville on Feb. 19, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican Gov. Bill Lee plans to allow a bill to legalize online sports gambling in Tennessee to become law without his signature.

The bill cleared the House on a 58-37 vote last week and the Senate on Thursday passed its own version 19-12. The lower chamber then concurred with Senate changes on a 51-40 vote, sending the bill to Lee’s desk.

“The governor has said he does not believe that the expansion of gambling is best, but he recognizes that many in the legislature found this to be an issue they want to explore further,” said Lee spokeswoman Laine Arnold. “He plans to let this become law without signature.”

Governors have 10 days from receiving a bill to either sign or veto it, or it becomes law without their signature.

8 Responses to Lee to let online gambling bill become law without signature

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    James White says:

    He should of VETOED.

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    Lenny says:

    Slippery slope: Tennessee lottery > Sports Bets > Bingo > Biden > Israel > Apocalypse > Plastic bag ban

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    Senor Mole’ says:

    Saint Lee won’t sign a gambling bill. But will beat down members to vote for his sorry voucher bill. Great leadership.

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    Lenny says:

    I voted for Lee to protect my right to say Merry Christmas. Bingo and other bets is an Obamanation. Not signing and allowing to become law is the same as signing into law. Whoa unto the Publicans and Pharisees

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    MarLE says:

    The worse part of this is that the proceeds go to Colleges….those folks who seem NOT to know how to hold the line on tuition increases. More money to colleges means, 100% of the time higher, tuition. Money chasing goods= higher prices.

    How is it these people never seem challenged on the costs? Students saddled with debt? No indictment of the college system~ just call for debt forgiveness with confiscated taxpayer dollars. Need help with tuition costs? No indictment of the college system~ just come up with a vice-tax to offset the problem.

    The good news for colleges……….prostitution is still illegal in TN. Another pot of gold yet to claim.

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    Laura says:

    Very disappointing! Just because a majority of politicians want something it doesn’t mean the governor should support it even by not signing. He needs to VETO! I will think twice about voting for him again!

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