Haslam faces 'monumental' decisions on two controversial bills

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam speaks during the 76th annual Meeting and Luncheon of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau at the Chattanooga Convention Center Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Haslam talked about the tourism and hospitality industry's force as an economic driver throughout Hamilton County and Tennessee.

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam says he is withholding judgment for now on what actions he will take on two controversial monument bills passed by Tennessee lawmakers this year until thoroughly studying the actual legislative language.

One bill passed by Republicans in the Republican-led 110th General Assembly, which wrapped up its annual work Wednesday, is aimed at Memphis - or any city that attempts to follow Memphis' lead - when it comes to removal of statutes or other memorials to Confederate figures.

A second bill also passed in the waning hours of the session calls for the State Capitol Commission to erect a new monument on the state Capitol grounds addressing abortion.

It would be called the "Tennessee Monument to Unborn Children, In Memory of the Victims of Abortion: Babies, Women and Men."

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