Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
In this Jan. 18, 2012, photo, State Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, smiles while fellow Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin speaks on the Senate floor in Nashville, Tenn. Beavers is the sponsor of a bill to strip state courts of the power to throw out laws enacted by the state Legislature.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers has withdrawn her proposal to strip Tennessee courts of the power to overturn laws enacted by the state Legislature.

The withdrawal late Monday came after the proposal came under heavy criticism from members of both parties, including Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey.

Beavers, a Republican from Mt. Juliet, said last week that her bill was aimed at reeling in what she called out-of-control courts.

Democratic senators argued the proposal would threaten the independence of the courts.

Meanwhile Ramsey said the proposal would simply go too far because it would be "crossing the line on separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches."