Tennessee lawmakers to vote on override of Bible bill veto

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on an effort to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of a bill seeking to make the Bible the state’s official book.

The Republican governor last week turned back the bill over constitutional concerns and because of the measure “trivializes” what he considers a sacred text.

Sponsors argued that the measure seeks to honor the economic and historical impact of the Bible in Tennessee history, rather than a state endorsement of religion.

But opponents say it diminishes the significance of the Bible to place it alongside other state symbols like the official salamander, reptile or rock.

It only takes majorities in both chambers to override a governor’s veto in Tennessee. The Legislature is expected to adjourn for the year later on Wednesday.

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