NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A contentious proposal that would authorize the governor and attorney general to decide whether an entity is a terrorist organization is advancing in the House.
The measure passed the House Judiciary Committee 12-4 on Tuesday and now goes to the House Finance Committee.
The companion bill was to be heard later in the day by the same committee in the Senate.
The original proposal sought to make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah, but the measure was later amended to strip out any reference to a specific religion.
Opponents are concerned some organizations may be unfairly targeted, particularly Muslims. Hundreds of them were at the legislative office complex at the Tennessee Capitol on Tuesday to show their displeasure for the proposal