Bill Would Give Lawmakers Role in Refugee Resettlement

A bill filed by state Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, and Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, would change the way the state decides to participate in the federal resettlement of refugees. The new proposal would create a two-step process, Nashville Public Radio reports. First, local governments would have to agree to resettlement. Then the state legislature would consider the issue, with a two-third majority vote required to approve participation. Currently, federal rules rely on the governor of each state to approve statewide resettlements.

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