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Occupy Nashville bill headed to governor

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal designed to evict Occupy Nashville protesters is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The legislation passed the House 68-21 on Monday evening after lawmakers agreed to a change by the Senate, which approved the bill 20-10 last week.

The measure makes it a crime to camp on any state-owned land that is not specifically designated for camping.

Those violating the proposed law could have their belongings seized and be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by nearly a year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500 or both.

The bill comes at the same time Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is seeking to break up the Occupy Nashville encampment by establishing rules for the use of the War Memorial Plaza.

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