The Tennessee Senate has killed a bill that would have made the Bible the official state book, essentially guaranteeing that the controversial legislation will not be passed this year. Senators voted 22-9 to send the bill, which earlier passed in the state House of Representatives, to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Tennessean reports.
The vote to kill the legislation came after high-ranking Tennesee
The bill was also opposed by Tennessee Gov.
The bill, which could be brought back next year, was passed by the state House last week by a 55-38 vote. The sponsor of the state Senate bill, Republican
Opponents of the bill said that it could run afoul of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from establishing a religion. One of the bill's supporters in the state Senate, Republican Frank Niceley, rejected that logic, saying, "The only way we can truly know if this is indeed unconstitutional is to pass it, let somebody sue and it goes to the Supreme Court to decide, and we all would know once and for all if it's constitutional."