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Holt Animal Bill Vetoed by Governor

May 13th, 2013 - By Charles Choate

Governor Bill Haslam

Governor Bill Haslam

Governor Bill Haslam has vetoed a bill co-sponsored by Dresden Representative Andy Holt, that would require images documenting animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

The Monday veto came after State Attorney General Bob Cooper issued a legal opinion, saying the measure would be “constitutionally suspect” because it could violate Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and for placing burdens on news collection.

Animal protection groups said the bill was designed to prevent whistleblowers from collecting evidence of ongoing patterns of abuse.

Holt, along with Senator Dolores Gresham, of Somerville, brought the controversial issue before lawmakers, hoping for a quick alert to law enforcement officials for possible animal abuse.

The Governor also noted the bill appears to repeal parts of the Tennessee Shield Law, and drew concerns from some district attorneys on their ability to prosecute animal cruelty cases.

The veto is Haslam’s second since he took office in 2010.