5 bills Gov. Haslam vetoed since taking office - WSMV News 4

5 bills Gov. Haslam vetoed since taking office

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Gov. Bill Haslam (WSMV file photo) Gov. Bill Haslam (WSMV file photo)
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Governor Haslam vetoed a bill that would have required state employee insurance to cover an alternative treatment for certain cancers. 

While some medical experts say the treatment reduces damage to surrounding tissue during cancer treatment, but the governor said he thought the bill would expose taxpayers to excessive charges from out-of-network providers. 

Although this is the first bill Haslam has vetoed this year, this is the fifth bill he's stopped during his time in office. 

You have to go back two years, in 2016, to find the governor's last veto when he put an end to the controversial "Bible Bill."  

"With this bill, the Bible has been the book of choice of our founders," Rep. Jerry Sexton said about the bill in 2016. 

If Gov. Haslam had signed it, today, the official state book would be The Bible. 

Two years before that, in 2014, Gov. Haslam put a stop to a bill he hinted would be bad for the environment. 

Haslam said the bill would have reduced criminal penalties for certain types of pollution in Tennessee. 

The year before, it was the controversial "Ag Gag" Bill. 

If passed, it would have forced people who recorded animal cruelty to surrender their video to authorities almost immediately. The governor argued against the bill on grounds of constitutionality. 

"It really changed the shield law which protects journalists and media folks without saying it did -- I thought if you're going to change that it needs to say so," Haslam told News4 in 2014.  "It also had some district attorneys thinking this would make it harder to prosecute crimes in animal agriculture." 

Haslam's first veto came in 2012 after lawmakers passed a bill aimed at Vanderbilt University's non-discrimination policy. 

The policy says groups at Vanderbilt must accept anyone who wants to join. The governor agreed with lawmakers saying you shouldn't be forced to let everyone join a group but ultimately vetoed the bill because he thought it was inappropriate to make policies for a private institution. 

Haslam later signed the bill aimed at nondiscrimination policies into law after private universities were removed from the language. 

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