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Tenn. House member seeks protection against Haslam vetoes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fellow Republican is trying to tie Governor Haslam’s hands as he considers vetoes of controversial bills.

Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden wants to delay votes on Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative proposals to insure against vetoes of embattled measures like allowing people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks.

Dresden, who has twice had bills vetoed by Haslam, announced at the start of yesterday’s floor session that he wanted to protect against what he called "questionable bills" being rejected by the governor.

House Republican leader Gerald McCormick says at least two bills that are part of Haslam's legislative agenda were rescheduled as a "show of faith" to Holt and so he could seek an indication from Haslam on whether he plans to veto the guns-in-parks measure.

Lawmakers hope to adjourn the legislative session this week.