So much for Haslam's vaunted "moderation."
Despite condemnations from AT&T, Nissan, KPMG, Alcoa, and United Healthcare, and the now-withdrawn support of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, Governor Haslam signed HB600 into law, which effectively prohibits cities from adopting their own anti-discrimination statutes.
This move was prompted by a Metro Nashville ordinance which required businesses to abide by the non-discrimination policies of the Metro government if they wanted to do business with Metro. This means that anyone with a Metro contact would have to provide EEO to LGBT persons.
In this, Governor Haslam feels that the federal government should retain primacy.
"Through the legislative process, [Haslam] expressed concerns about the state telling local governments what to do, but he also had concerns about local governments telling businesses what to do, especially the potential burden on small businesses. Ultimately, he felt the Metro ordinance went farther than federal law in regulating business policies."
Lt. Gov. Ramsey's boots were not seen anywhere near the state border.
A lawsuit to enjoin the state law is expected shortly.
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