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Lack of support puts whoa on Tennessee's horse meat bill

Staff Report • Jun 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that while advancing in the House, legislation laying the legal groundwork for horse meat processing in Tennessee has been left in a Senate committee stall.The bill — HB1428 — has been the source of both serious debate and no small amount of joking this session.“I just want to make sure that, in this financial crisis … that this bill in no way is going to influence the price of Trigger burgers or Flicka fries,” Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, told House sponsor Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, during a House Government Operations Committee hearing.Niceley’s bill won unanimous approval of that committee and got only one negative vote in clearing House Agriculture Committee. But Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Kingsport, acknowledges the bill lacks the votes to clear the Senate Commerce Committee, which has closed for the session — subject to reopening if the chairman decides to do so.Similarly, a resolution Nicely sponsored — HJR245 — opposing pending federal legislation to ban export of horse meat from the United States has cleared the full House 65-15 with seven members abstaining. But Faulk has put it on hold in the Senate Finance Committee, again acknowledging there is not enough support from members. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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