by Steve Haruch
Update: Andrea Zelinski has more over at The City Paper, including Haslam's suggestion that many in the agricultural community feel "besieged" by urban thinking.
Gov. Bill Haslam, acting like someone who suddenly cares what kind of ass-backward legislation gets passed in Tennessee, vetoed the much- and rightly maligned "AgGag" Bill, aka HB 1191/SB 1248, which would have made it a crime to videotape animal cruelty or abuse and then fail to turn in the evidence to authorities within 48 hours. From a statement released this morning:
“First, the Attorney General says the law is constitutionally suspect. Second, it appears to repeal parts of Tennessee’s Shield Law without saying so. If that is the case, it should say so. Third, there are concerns from some district attorneys that the act actually makes it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases, which would be an unintended consequence.
“For these reasons, I am vetoing HB1191/SB1248, and I respectfully encourage the General Assembly to reconsider this issue.”