TN Gov. says he has personal reservations about the “Bible bill”

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NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL)- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he has reservations about a bill declaring the Bible as the official state book.

The bill advanced Tuesday and now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Haslam said he has “constitutional questions” and “personal reservations” about the bill.

Last year the bill passed in the House but stalled in the Senate.

“We want to honor the Bible for its historical and economic impact here in Tennessee,” TN Rep. Micah Van Huss (R- Jonesborough) said.  “I was excited yesterday that it did pass in committee.”

“When our legislature moves toward selecting the Bible as the state book, it’s clearly then choosing to promote one religion over another and that violates both the U.S. and the Tennessee constitutions,” Hedy Weinberg, executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee said.

If the Senate passes the bill as is, it will go to the governor’s desk for final approval.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All Rights Reserved.

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