Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible official book

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) –┬áRepublican Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book of Tennessee.

The bill had narrowly passed both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly after sponsors said the legislation was aimed at honoring historical contributions of the Bible as opposed to a government endorsement of religion.

But the state’s attorney general warned that the bill would violate both the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions, and many lawmakers were uneasy with placing the Scripture along other official symbols like the state salamander, agricultural insect or rock.

The legislature isn’t planning to adjourn for the year until next week, so there would be enough time for supporters to try to override the veto, which only requires majorities in both chambers.

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