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For the second time in recent weeks, a resolution denouncing neo-Nazis and white nationalists has died in the Tennessee General Assembly.
The first resolution, filed by Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, was killed in a House subcommittee in mid-March after Clemmons failed to receive a second motion to discuss the resolution.
Clemmons had filed it days after the deadly Aug. 12 white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Last week, House Republican Caucus Chairman Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cookeville, sponsored a nearly identical version of Clemmons’ resolution that omitted a paragraph urging law enforcement to recognize and pursue white nationalist groups as “domestic terrorist organizations.”
The resolution was scheduled to go to the Delayed Bills Committee Tuesday, but Williams on Monday evening requested that it be withdrawn from consideration by the committee.
In a statement, Williams said the “bill’s caption was too narrow and couldn’t be amended to incorporate additional feedback gathered from our members over the past couple of days,” though it wasn’t immediately clear what kind of input Williams had received on the resolution from other Republicans.