UPDATE: 4:34 p.m. April 10, 2012
HASLAM ISSUES STATEMENT ON HB 368/SB 893
Governor: Legislation to become law without my signature
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill
Haslam today issued the following statement on HB 368/SB 893:
reviewed the final language of HB 368/SB 893 and assessed the legislation’s
impact. I have also evaluated the concerns that have been raised by the
bill. I do not believe that this legislation changes the scientific
standards that are taught in our schools or the curriculum that is used by our
teachers. However, I also don’t believe that it accomplishes anything
that isn’t already acceptable in our schools.
bill received strong bipartisan support, passing the House and Senate by a
three-to-one margin, but good legislation should bring clarity and not
confusion. My concern is that this bill has not met this objective.
For that reason, I will not sign the bill but will allow it to become law
without my signature.”