Bolstered by opposition from Republican leadership, the Tennessee Senate voted 22-9 to kill the Bible bill a day after it was adopted by the House, the Tennessean reports about a bill to make the Bible the state’s official book.
“This isn’t the time or place now in the full Senate floor to delve into that, we really need to look into it in committee,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, about two hours before the vote.
Gov. Bill Haslam and Attorney General Herbert Slatery opposed the bill.
Norris asked for the bill to be sent back to a Senate committee in order to address the Slatery opinion. The Senate agreed.
“I sure hope it won’t pass. I think it’ll be a dark day for Tennessee if it does,” Norris said Wednesday.