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Sponsors vow to revise, bring back vetoed 'Ag Gag' bill

May 14th, 2013 7:43 am by Tom Humphrey, Knoxville News-Sentinel

NASHVILLE — Sponsors of livestock surveillance legislation known as the “Ag Gag” bill say they will let stand Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto and instead seek passage of a revised version next year.

The plans of Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, and Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, are in line with Haslam’s professed thinking in vetoing the bill.

“Some vetoes are made solely on policy grounds. Other vetoes may be the result of wanting the General Assembly to reconsider the legislation for a number of reasons. My veto here is more along the lines of the latter,” Haslam said in announcing his decision Monday.

His first concern, Haslam said, is that Attorney General Bob Cooper has deemed the bill “constitutionally suspect.”

Read more at the Knoxville News-Sentinel.


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