May 21, 2018-
Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he will not be signing the sanctuary cities bill passed by the Tennessee General Assembly last month. Haslam said many factors weighed into his decision not to sign the bill but said it’s best for the state “to move on from it.” The governor had three options: sign the bill, veto the bill or allow it to become law without his signature.
Haslam said sanctuary cities are already prohibited in Tennessee. He said the bill does not require law enforcement to serve as immigration enforcers, nor does it allow them to make arrests based on immigration status. Ultimately, Haslam said he believes there are more pressing matters impacting the people of Tennessee, which is why he decided not to sign the bill. State lawmakers passed the bill in April as the session came to an end. The bill passed in the House by a 63-23 vote and the Senate 27-5.