Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Haslam: Not a "Given" He'll Sign Norris Bill But Doubts Veto

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Governor Haslam, flanked by Lt. Gov./Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey (left() and House Speaker Beth Harwell afrer close of 107th General Assembly
  • JB
  • Governor Haslam, flanked by Lt. Gov./Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey (left() and House Speaker Beth Harwell afrer close of 107th General Assembly

NASHVILLE -- Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald and his fellow suburban chief executives can apparently rest easy about the prospect of Governor Bill Haslam’s interposing himself against HB1105/SB1923, the bill just passed by both chambers of the legislature authorizing referenda this year on creating municipal school districts.

In a valedictory meeting with the Capitol Hill press corps following the General Assembly’s adjournment late Tuesday afternoon, Haslam, who had frequently expressed the hope that the Transition Planning Commission could finish its labors on school merger before any legislation was passed, was asked his attitude toward the bill, which was relentlessly pushed by state Senate majority leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

The governor was asked if it was “a given” that he would sign the bill. Haslam responded: “I don’t think anything is a given. Our policy has been that we’ll look at everything when it goes to our desk. So I don’t think anything is a given. We have been having those discussions. As you know, I’ve made my thoughts clear. I really did want to see the [Transition Planning]Commission get their plan out and implement it. So we’ll have to see how all of this impacts that.”

After the formal press conference, Haslam was asked about the matter another way. Was there a chance, given his preference that the TPC to allowed to come to a finish fist, that he would consider vetoing the measure? After praising the TPC again (Haslam: “Their work has been extraordinary”), he said, “We’ll look at it, but, just to be honest, I doubt that we’ll veto it."

Favorite

Comments (69)

Showing 1-50 of 69

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-50 of 69

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
    • Mackler Out of Senate Race, Yields to Bredesen

      In bow to reality, new-face Democrat withdraws in favor of two-term former Governor, the party-stablishment favorite, will continue with political action committee.
    • GOP Figure Bill Giannini Killed in Car Crash

      Accident occurred in Decatur County on I-40. Shelby County native was former chair of county Republican Party and Election Commission, was meditating on likely race for state Senate in 2018.

Speaking of School Consolidation

ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

  • Cohen to Introduce Articles of Impeachment against Trump

    Ranking member of House Judiciary subcommittee, says, apropos Charlottesville and Trump's apparent defense of the white nationalist fomentors there: "There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen."
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • Cohen Tells It!

    In which Memphis’ Democratic congressman Steve Cohen, addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry, not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. This is worth watching from beginning to end -- even for those who might disagree on the politics of the matter.
    • Jul 26, 2017
  • Filling the Space

    For all the in-fighting, we’re all looking for the same thing, and sometimes we can realize it.
    • Jul 14, 2016

Most Commented On

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation