‘Anti-Terrorism’ Bill Watered Down, Passed in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has passed a watered-down version of a bill that originally sought to make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma was later stripped of references to specific religions. The House approved the bill on a 75-16 vote Friday night. (It’s on the Senate agenda for Saturday.)
Matheny’s bill would also no longer authorize the governor or attorney general to decide whether a person or group is a terrorist organization, leaving that authority with the federal government.
Matheny said the bill aims to fight terrorists. It increases penalties for supporting a terrorist organization. “They’re hidden all around us,” he said.
The bill (HB1353) carries a projected price tag of $40,000.

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