The 108th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die yesterday, after flirting with the idea of returning for a special veto-override session to override a threatened veto by Governor Bill Haslam of legislation which delays and places restrictions on so-called “Common Core” public education standards in Tennessee. However, the Governor has apparently backed down from a veto threat of that bill, as well as a bill which restricted the sale of the drug pseudoephedrine (the so-called compromise on that bill had originally been declared to not have restricted the sale of the drug used to make methamphetamine enough), saying in a news conference which took place following the General Assembly’s adjournment that he cannot see anything in the list of bills presented to him that he would now be inclined to veto.
The Governor did sign an important property rights bill this week which will end a long and controversial practice of Tennessee municipalities annexing properties or areas by simple ordinance as opposed to obtaining the consent of the involved residents. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) in the House and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson) in the Senate. The new law requires consent of a landowner, or in the case of multiple landowners, a referendum, before any annexation can take place. Land used primarily for agriculture under the new law cannot be annexed without the consent of the farmer.