This could be a major game changer when it comes to Obama’s Syrian refugee program.
The state of Tennessee is one step closer to suing the federal government over the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey filed Senate Joint Resolution 467 (SJR 467) in the State Senate on Thursday.
The resolution states “that the Tennessee General Assembly directs the Attorney General and Reporter of the State of Tennessee to initiate or intervene in one or more civil actions on behalf of the State of Tennessee or, in the alternative, seek appropriate relief in a federal court of competent jurisdiction regarding the failure of the federal government to comply with the Refugee Act of 1980.”
If the Attorney General of Tennessee fails to act, the General Assembly (the official name for the two houses of the Tennessee State Legislature, the State Senate and the House of Representatives) is authorized to initiate the lawsuit on its own.
“[U]pon receipt of notice from the Attorney General and Reporter declining the initiation of or intervention into a civil action described in this resolution, the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are authorized to employ outside counsel to commence a civil action effectuating the purposes of this resolution,” it states.
Ramsey, who also serves as head of the State Senate, was joined by five powerful co-sponsors in the resolution, including: Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville, the Senate Majority Leader), Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro, the GOP Caucus Chair), Senator Mae Beavers (R-Lebanon), Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge, the Senate Finance Committee Chair), and Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield).
It is unclear, however, if the Attorney General would choose to file the lawsuit against the federal government. Though appointed by the Supreme Court of the State, the Attorney General traditionally follows the directives of the Governor, and current Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican, has failed to act one way or the other on the proposed lawsuit, which has been a matter of public discussion for at least two months.
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