Haslam vetoes reduction of penalties for pollution

Haslam vetoes reduction of penalties for pollution

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed a bill over what he called an unintended consequence of reducing the criminal penalties for pollution in Tennessee.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville and fellow Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden was aimed at penalizing retail vandalism by organized groups. It had passed the Senate 29-0 and the House 63-31.

The governor said in his veto message Thursday that he was motivated to turn back the measure to protect what he called Tennessee's "unparalleled natural beauty" for future generations.

Campfield said in a phone interview that he had not intended to change the penalties for pollution.

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