Gov. Bill Haslam is apparently considering veto of at least four bills passed late in the legislative session, reports the Times-Free Press. If he does veto one or more, the Legislature will have no opportunity to override, having adjourned with no plan to return.
Under the Tennessee Constitution, a governor has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to decide whether to sign, veto or allow a measure to become law without his signature. The count begins on the day the bill reaches his office. The time it takes to get a bill formally processed and sent to the governor can vary widely – and the flood of legislation at the end of session usually slows things down.
Potential veto targets listed by the TFP (with a bit of added info) are:
* A controversial bill that would allow mental health counselors and therapists to reject LBGT clients based on their “sincerely held beliefs,” provided they refer the patients to other professionals. (It’s HB1840, transmitted to the governor on April 15. Recent post on governor’s comments, HERE.)
* A bill enshrining the elimination of Tennessee’s Hall Income Tax on stock dividends and certain types of interest in 2022. (SB47, approved on April 22 by the legislature. The legislative website indicates it has not yet been officially sent to Haslam. Post on passage HERE.)
* A bill allowing full-time faculty and staff at public colleges and universities to go armed on campus, provided they have a state-issued handgun carry permit. (SB2376, sent to the governor April 25.)
* A resolution ordering the state to file suit against the Obama administration over the federal government’s refugee resettlement program here. If the state attorney general refuses, the resolution directs the lawsuit be handled by a conservative out-of-state group. (SJR467, given final legislative approval April 19. The legislative website indicates it has not yet been sent to the governor.Post on passage HERE.)
Note: Might add another possibility: SB1912, which cuts funding to the University of Tennessee Office of Diversity and Inclusion. It got final approval on April 21 – post HERE — and has not yet been transmitted to the governor, the website indicates.