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VOL. 124 | NO. 99 | Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dem Vote Change on Abortion Measure OK'd by Tenn. House

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state House has agreed to officially change a Democratic lawmaker's vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow more restrictions to be placed on abortions.

Republican House Speaker Kent Williams of Elizabethton told the chamber Wednesday that Rep. Jim Hackworth of Clinton had told him shortly after the vote that he had inadvertently voted against the measure.

The change increases the margin of the resolution's passage to 77-21.

House and Senate approval of the resolution reaches the first threshold for putting a referendum before the voters.

It would first have to again gain two-thirds majorities in both chambers during the next two-year session of the General Assembly before it could go on the ballot in 2014.

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Read SJR0127 at http://www.capitol.tn.gov

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