Lawmakers will have to wait another day to decide what to do with a bill to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee, USA Today reports. After more than an hour of debate, state representatives couldn’t decide whether they wanted to vote by the time the House clerk ruled they had run out of time on the schedule.
“My purpose for bringing this legislation is to memorialize the role the Bible has played on Tennessee history,” said state Rep. Jerry Sexton, a Republican from Bean Station and a former pastor.
After a slew of objections from lawmakers, Sexton argued the bill doesn’t support or elevate Christianity.
This week a spokesman for Gov. Bill Haslam said the governor didn’t think the bill was “respectful” and Attorney General Herbert Slatery deemed the bill is unconstitutional.