Only eight people in the room have seen the state constitution, obviously.
The AP reports:
The state Senate voted 19-8 in favor of the bill despite arguments by the state attorney general that the measure conflicts with a provision in the Tennessee Constitution stating that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”
Opponents argued the Bible would be trivialized by being placed alongside other state symbols such as the official tree, flower, rock or amphibian. But both chambers of the Legislature brushed aside those concerns to send the bill to the desk of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. He opposes the measure but hasn’t said whether he’ll issue a veto.
Republicans cite the book’s historical and contributions to the state as the reason to violate the constitution. The bill is now on Governor Bill Haslam’s desk. Press play to see if he’ll sign or veto.