Haslam signs Confederate Plate Bill, forgets he signed it, calls for it’s removal
June 24, 2015
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in a speech yesterday at Volkswagen said he was against the Confederate Flag being on license plates in TN.
In 2012, Governor Bill Haslam, Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell signed a bill to allow the Confederate Flag to be stamped on Tennessee motorcycles, a bill which complements a car version signed by then Democratic Speaker Jimmy Naifeh and Governor Don Sundquist in 2002.
According to an article sighted by the Times Free Press and interview of Haslam, he showed much confusion as he was confronted about the Confederate License Plate bill he signed.
“Haslam said that he wasn’t aware that the flag is stamped on some plates, but “I’d be in favor of discontinuing it.”
According to the TFP “Haslam signed the bill approving the Confederate license plates for motorcycles on March 14, 2012. The bill passed the state Senate and House by wide margins. The vote in the Senate was 27-3, and in the House voted 82-6 in favor, with one person voting present.”
“The plate, which features the stars and bars of the confederacy on the left side of the plate, is available to Tennessee drivers for an annual fee of $56.50, with $15.38 allocated to the Tennessee Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to the website of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs.”
“The plate can be personalized with five characters for a total fee of $91.50. The typical fee for a license plate is $35, according to the website. ”
Its true. On March 14th, 2012, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, along with Ramsey and Harwell signed Senate Bill 2169 into law allowing Tn citizens to purchase a Confederate License plate for use on their vehicle.
Today, Tn Governor Bill Haslam calls for the elimination of Confederate License plate that he signed into law just a few years ago.
For one, this speaks volumes about bills passed in Tennessee and when the political winds shifts so does the mindset of a shifty politician along with or without their support. It largely depends on who is in their pocket.
Two, this speaks to how out of touch and hypocritical Haslam is within his own state where one minute he signs a bill, forgets he signs it, then calls for all license plates bearing the Confederate Flag to be removed.
Readers also remember each call to limit others freedom of speech will eventually lead to restrictions on your free speech as well. Soon, we are all offended by each other and we will have no freedoms or the ability to express ourselves freely. We will all be divided and separated into our own pods with people like us daring not to venture from that border with out our own sets of rules and beliefs being violated. This is a slippery slope we are slipping on and it will only lead to less rights now enjoyed by all.
This is the Change our current president spoke of and our liberal law makers are creating it’s path.
God bless America!
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In 2002, SB 1303, HB 1893, see bill below.
In 2012, Senate Bill 2169- Confederate License Plates for Motorcyclists signed by Haslam, Ron Ramsey and Beth Harwell in 2012