Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photo.
NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has declined to sign a resolution that denounces "the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21," passed by Republican legislators over Democratic complaints that it buys into a bogus conspiracy theory.
The resolution, HJR587, was approved 72-23 in the House and by a 19-11 vote in the Senate.
"Resolutions are position statements by the General Assembly, not a law to be implemented," said Haslam spokesman David Smith in an emailed response to a question. "The governor doesn't support Agenda 21, but he didn't feel compelled to and isn't required to take any action on the resolution."
Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, the lead sponsor of the Agenda 21 resolution said he was disappointed that Haslam had declined to join in showing his support for the measure.
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