NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Lawmakers approved a bill that officially designates Tennessee as “The Volunteer State” on Monday evening.

House Bill 1562 (also SB 1552), which was introduced by State Representative Jason Zachary and Senator Becky Massey in November 2019, aims to designate the state of Tennessee as “The Volunteer State” as an official nickname after more than two centuries of the well-known moniker.

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“The Volunteer State” became Tennessee’s official nickname at Monday evening’s floor session in the House Chamber. The Senate passed the bill last week.

Rep. Zachary presented the bill.