TN Republican leaders don't expect Gov. Haslam to veto trio of controversial measures

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talks with reporters earlier this month in Nashville. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's Republican House and Senate speakers say they don't anticipate Gov. Bill Haslam vetoing a trio of controversial measures that have either already reached the governor's desk or soon will.

Haslam, a fellow Republican, has previously raised questions about all three, including a resolution directing state government to sue the Obama administration over the federal government's refugee resettlement program.

The second measure, a bill, phases out Tennessee's Hall income tax which is a 6 percent levy on stock dividends and interest income. The third is a bill stripping a year's worth of funding for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, diverting the money to engineering scholarships for minority students.

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, said Haslam "indicated toward the end [of lawmakers' annual session] that he didn't see anything that would cause us to need an override session.