NASHVILLE - Four proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution died in a House panel today, including one that sought to include language saying the people of Tennessee "recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior."
Finance Committee Chairman Charles Sargent, R-Franklin, explained that with lawmakers hoping to adjourn in the next few days there was not enough time to give the measures the required three readings on the House and then the Senate floors.
The God-our-savior amendment proposal, House Joint Resolution 71, was sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Gray.
A second resolution, HJR 525 from Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, would have amended the state Constituition to prohibit lawmakers from ever imposing a state property tax. The state currently does not have one.
Another one that sought to give state lawmakers the sole authority to determine whether they were adequately funding public education had previously been acknowledged by its sponsor, Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, as dead.
The other proposal dealt with local governments' ability to grant tax relief programs for some homeowners.