Gov. Haslam has the guns in trunks bill on his desk. If he's really the business-friendly governor who seeks to attract major investments he will veto it.
But he won't. And even if he did, the argument is that a veto can be overridden by a simple majority of the legislature.
Which makes this a curious situation, given that Haslam is the highest elected Republican official in the state and therefore the party's de facto leader with a supermajority in both the House and the Senate. He should be able to get anything he wants. And if he wants to veto a bill, he should be able to muster the votes to uphold it.
Unless he's unwilling and unable to lead his own party and instead let Lt. Gov. and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey run the state.
Which is exactly what's happening.
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