Phil Bredesen is using the power, WHICH WE THE CITIZENS HAVE GRANTED TO HIM, to override their judgment. This is an extraordinary abuse of power.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen vetoed legislation that would have exempted small, private Mennonite schoolhouses in Henry County from state fire safety codes.
Bredesen said in a letter to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey that exempting the small schools would "erode Tennessee's reasonable system of building and fire code protections."
The sponsor, Democratic state Rep. Butch Borchert of Camden, said Bredesen's veto contradicts an earlier administration pledge to allow the exemption that was sought by parents of about 20 students.
Borchert said administration officials earlier told him they were "fine with it."