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.
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