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Veto-proof margins swayed Haslam to sign annexation bill

Hank Hayes, NET News Service • Apr 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had three options when legislation banning forced annexations by municipalities arrived at his desk a few days ago.

Haslam, a Republican and former Knoxville mayor, could sign the bill, let it become law without his signature or veto it. He signed it. It apparently wasn't a complicated decision.

"Throughout the process we were deferred to the will of legislature, and (the legislation) passed both houses overwhelmingly," Haslam administration spokeswoman Laura Herzog said of the governor's decision.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on the story.