TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Sep 10, 2014

Mistakes in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office caused 79 bills to become law without his signature and another 67 measures to have to be backdated, Tom Humphrey reports in his blog. Under the state constitution, the governor must either sign or veto bills within 10 days (excluding Sundays) of receiving them from the legislature, or they become law without his signature. Internal documents confirm that Haslam had approved the 67 bills within the 10 days, but a staffer incorrectly dated the signature. The bills were recalled from the Secretary of State to correct their signature dates. The 79 bills that became law without Haslam's signature also were recalled. An addendum was added to each to clarify that Haslam’s signature had come after their effective date. Haslam spokesman David Smith said some of the confusion stemmed from Good Friday wrongly being counted as a state holiday. “It was a technical mistake that didn’t have an impact on the outcome of any legislation and was quickly corrected,” Smith said in an email Tuesday. Knoxnews has the story.