All four of Tennessee's constitutional amendments pass

All four of Tennessee's constitutional amendments pass

November 4th, 2014 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local - Breaking News

Anna Duggar, of the reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting, " right, hugs Terrie Nale on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at a stop on the Faith, Family, Freedom bus tour at Hickory Valley Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. The tour is sponsored by FRCAction, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, and Duggar appeared with her husband, Josh, who spoke encouraging voters to vote "Yes" on Tennessee's Amendment 1.

Anna Duggar, of the reality TV show "19...

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - Tennesseans apparently ratified all four amendments to the state constitution Tuesday, including the controversial Amendment 1 giving the state Legislature power to restrict abortion and, if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned at the national level, to ban abortions in the state.

Voters also:

Repealed their right to "elect" the five Tennessee Supreme Court justices and 24 state appeals courts judges and replaced it with a system in which all 29 judges will be first appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature. Voters will get their turn at the end of the judges' terms, deciding whether to retain or reject them for second and subsequent terms (Amendment 2).

Banned the enactment of personal income taxes and payroll taxes measured by income, by the state and by all city and county governments (Amendment 3).

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