Haslam: Decision on evolution bill likely Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says it will probably be close to the signing deadline before he decides whether to make law a proposal that would protect teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.

The deadline is Tuesday. The Republican governor can also veto the measure or let it become law without his signature.

Haslam told reporters on Monday a decision could come later in the day, but he said it will likely be Tuesday. He has said he will probably sign the bill.

Last week, Haslam was handed a petition with more than 3,000 signatures urging him to veto the legislation.

Haslam said the petition was impactful, but also noted the amount of support for the bill in the Legislature.

Said Haslam: "It passed 3-to-1 in the House and the Senate, so you take that into account as well."

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