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Lt. Governor Randy McNally bangs the gavel at the start of a special session of the Senate at the State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. / Photo by George Walker IV / The Tennessean

The fate of this year's Bible bill has taken an unexpected turn — one that likely signals its death.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, long an opponent of perennial attempts by House Rep. Jerry Sexton to make the Bible the state book, has signed on as the Senate sponsor of the effort.

As of Friday, McNally, R-Oak Ridge, was listed as a sponsor for House Joint Resolution 150, which would "designate the Holy Bible as the official State book" and require that distinction be listed in the Tennessee Blue Book with other state trivia.

Read more at The Tennessean's website.

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