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Senators reject naming hunting bill after Cheney

May 10th, 2007 8:00 pm by Associated Press

NASHVILLE - Senators quickly shot down an effort by a Democratic senator to name a proposal to ban hunting while intoxicated after Vice President Dick Cheney.

Senate Republicans quickly moved to kill the amendment sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson. The tabling motion passed on a voice vote.

Cheney last year accidentally shot a companion while quail hunting in Texas. Cheney, who acknowledged drinking a beer earlier in the day, said "nobody was under the influence" when the accident took place several hours later.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, would apply the same standards applied to drunken drivers to hunters on public lands. The state's drunken driving limit is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. The drunken hunting bill passed on a 32-0 vote. The companion bill has yet to be considered in House committees.

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