Censure vs. no confidence: What does it mean?

Speculation is running rampant in advance of Mondays special House Caucus meeting about what actions will be pursued against House Speaker Glen Casada amid the scandal embroiling his office.

Some see a censure vote as less damning for Casada than a vote of no confidence. But it’s unclear what the latter would accomplish given that there’s nothing in the House GOP bylaws that lays out the penalties if the motion is successful. On the other hand, here’s what the bylaws say about a censure:

A member can be censured with a recommendation of the majority of leadership and a
vote of 2/3 of the Caucus. A vote of censure can take any or all of the following actions

• a letter of reprimand to be kept on file for public viewing;

• denial of attendance at a caucus function or functions;

• denial of caucus funding;

• recommendation to the state party for disqualification;

• other actions may be brought with a vote of four-fifths of the membership.

One key thing to remember on a censure is that it would take the majority of the leadership to even bring the motion to a vote. Leadership is defined as the speaker, speaker pro tem, majority leader, caucus chair, assistant leader, whip, floor leader, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. A majority would mean six votes if all 10 leaders are in attendance.

We are hearing that Casada will be given an opportunity to address the members (attendance is expected to be in the 60s out of a total of 73 Republicans), after which he will be asked to leave the room so the members can discuss matters freely.

12 Responses to Censure vs. no confidence: What does it mean?

  • Jason Wallflower says:

    Time for our GOP to buck up, put the big boy pants on, and do the right thing – start the process to cut out the cancer that is Glen Casada. We need more good people in the legislature and we can start today by getting rid of the big bad apple.

  • Silence Dogood says:

    The TN-GOP needs to step up, if they are ever going to, and take care of Senator Alexander who has acted more like a Democrat these last 4 years than a Republican. And the TN-GOP can step up and match Alabama in protecting the unborn children being slaughtered daily in this state. Then the TN-GOP can step up and fix the Medicaid system in this state. And after that the TN-GOP can step up and help the Federal Government protect our borders from a Central American invasion by making E-Verify mandatory for all employers in this state. Or they can keep talking about this “fake news”. Get to work TN-GOP!!!

    • Lenny says:

      Daddy Casada cares about abortion during election years. He smiles for pictures when the Pro-Life groups have their Day on the Hill. Then he laughs his ass off behind their back and tries to score threesomes with boys and girls young enough to be his children.

      • Eddie White says:

        Pro-life legislation came out of one side of the capital this year and that was the House of Representatives. The state senate could not pass any legislation restricting abortion. Casada got more done than the weak knees of the Lt Governor.

        • Lenny says:

          He’s one of 74 Pro-Life house members. Why couldn’t he pass real anti-abortion legislation like Alabama? Doesn’t seem that effective to me.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    That meeting in Nashville on Speaker replacement will cost us at least $20k. Security and rent and expenses for legislators and staff overtime. My humane society could save 300 dogs for that kind of money. I could refinance school debt and save thousands in interest

    • Lenny says:

      Sad. Why should taxpayers pay for a closed-door meeting for a political party?

    • Cannoneer2 says:

      Most of that has to be approved by the unelected and unaccountable Office of Legislative Administration and its rubber stamp Director Connie Ridley.

  • Lenny says:

    Cocaine Casada should be forced to pay the costs of this sham meeting.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Where is Stuart?

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