Tennessee Seeks To Ban Farmland Sales To China

Tennessee lawmakers have approved a bill that prohibits nonresident aliens and foreign entities under sanctions from owning property in the state.

The bill, which passed with mostly bipartisan support, is now awaiting Gov. Bill Lee’s signature. Originally, the bill did not contain the sanctioned language but was amended to include it. The original version of the bill barred foreign businesses, governments, nonresident aliens, and their agents from purchasing property in Tennessee if their home country prohibited US citizens from buying real estate there.

Democrats expressed concerns about unintended consequences, including the potential impact on Nashville’s large Kurdish community, which is the largest Kurdish community in North America.

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