Gov. Haslam opposes at least 22 proposed bills

1:18 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
Governor Bill Haslam answers questions after a luncheon at Lipscomb University on Feb 6, 2013, in Nashville. / Dipti Vaidya / File / The Tennessean
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam is opposed to at least 22 bills that have been proposed in this year's state Legislature.

In response to a recent request from the Knoxville News Sentinel, the governor's office provided copies of all "philosophical flag" letters that have been sent to legislators as of last Friday.

According to Haslam spokesman David Smith, the Republican governor this year is not issuing formal "flag letters" to legislators except when there are "philosophical" objections to the measure.

The form letters don't explain reasons for opposition, but state that an administration representative will seek a meeting with the lawmaker for discussion.

The measures the governor is opposed to include proposals revising the state's motorcycle helmet law, allowing school faculty and staff to carry guns and increasing the penalty for motorists not wearing a seat belt.

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