TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Apr 13, 2012

The state House of Representatives voted to cut sales and estate taxes, and the state Senate gave final approval to civil service reforms, dealing Gov. Bill Haslam three legislative victories Thursday. State representatives voted to cut the state’s tax on food by a quarter of a percentage point, and to gradually eliminate inheritance taxes by 2016. Meanwhile, Haslam signed a measure allowing teachers and school workers to participate in prayer groups and other religious activities on school grounds. He also signed a proposal that could be used as a tool to crack down on gang violence. Earlier this week, Haslam said he would allow a bill that encourages classroom debate over evolution to become law without his signature, a symbolic move that signaled his opposition without derailing the bill.