Refugee Bill Sponsor Disappointed in Haslam’s Approach

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has told Gov. Bill Haslam that he’s “troubled” and “uncomfortable with your mischaracterization” of legislation ordering legal action against the federal government over its refugee resettlement program in Tennessee.

In a letter to Haslam on Monday, Norris, R-Collierville, took strong exception to the governor’s remarks on Friday about Senate Joint Resolution 467. Haslam declined to sign it, which has no practical effect other than signifying the governor’s position.

In a brief message outlining why he didn’t sign it, the governor noted that SJR467directs the attorney general to initiate legal action regarding refugee placements in the state and authorizes the House and Senate speakers to hire outside counsel if the attorney general declines.

Read More: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/24/sen-mark-norris-troubled-gov-bill-haslams-refugee-response/84873262/

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