TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on May 20, 2016

Gov. Bill Haslam today returned the Refugee Resolution unsigned, a measure (SJR 0467) that directs the Attorney General to initiate legal action regarding refugee placements in Tennessee. Haslam has asked the Attorney General to clarify if the General Assembly has the authority to hire outside counsel if the Attorney General fails to pursue action. According to a news release from the governor’s office, Haslam also announced a bill (HB 2248) that will redirect administrative funding for the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will become a law without his signature. The Tennessean reports Haslam signed into law today a bill (SB 0047) that reduces the state’s Hall income tax on some dividend and interest this year and eliminates the tax in 2022.