Around the South for Apr. 13: TN, TX & VA

Tennessee: Legislature passes LGBT counseling bill. Lawmakers passed a measure that allows therapists and counselors to reject prospective patients on the basis of “sincerely held principles,” without liability. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has not said whether he will sign the legislation ……. Texas: Paxton faces fraud charges. The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) with fraud for accepting 100,000 shares in Servergy in return for promoting the stock to others, without disclosing the payment. Paxton contends the shares were a gift …….  Virginia: McAuliffe sets veto record. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has vetoed 32 of the 811 bills sent to him by the Republican legislature, the most vetoes of any governor since Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) in 1998. McAuliffe pledged in his campaign that he would veto any bills that restricted gay or abortion rights, and he has done so …….