Lawmakers introduce bill to make Holy Bible Tennessee’s official state book

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WGHP) — Lawmakers in Nashville have introduced a bill to make the Holy Bible Tennessee’s official state book, WJHL reports.

Sen. Mark Pody (R – Lebanon) and Rep. Jerry Sexton (R – Bean Station) introduced the legislation in their respective chambers last week.

You read about those bills by clicking the links below:

SB 2696

HB 2778

This is the first time since 2016 that lawmakers have proposed this type of legislation.  

During that time, then-Governor Bill Haslam vetoed the proposal, saying it violates a clause in the First Amendment.  

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