That’s a wrap! Lawmakers go home for the year

Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) speaks to reporters in the House chamber in Nashville on April 17, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Tennessee General Assembly has concluded its business for the year. Here’s a roundup of some of the last-minute festivities:

5 Responses to That’s a wrap! Lawmakers go home for the year

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Pity the citizens of Tennessee.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Come on Leslie cheer up. You really are a wise one aren’t you. You are a liberal or worse so you can walk around with the prestige and self-confidence that comes from being a member of the bien-pensant of society. Of course, the downside to this would occur if you had to live in the dystopia that characterizes most places resolutely governed by people with your ideology BUT YOU DON’T. On the contrary you are wise enough to make your home in Tennessee governed by tepid conservatives, often craven and feckless, but passably conservative nevertheless. You wine and complain in order to burnish your leftist credentials because that’s what leftists do, but I think there is a smile on your face when you do it.

  • James White says:

    Glad they are not in session.

  • MarLE says:

    Everyone needs to read the dismal “success? stories” of the Achievement District. Who came up with such a name for this holding tank for the next generation of academic misfits? Wishful thinking…was that the intent or just plain, in your face, lipstick on a pig?

  • David Collins says:

    There is a precedent for a walkout of House members only it was the republican members trying to get out. I believe it was in 1977 and the democrats had a bill that would redefine “majority party” to be whichever political party held the greatest number of total seats in the current general assembly. Innocuous on its face but the practical effect was to give the democrats 3 out of every 5 members of the county election commissions across the state (the current law at that time gave 3 out of five to which ever party had carried that county in the most recent gubernatorial election). The republicans figured it out just as the bill was coming up and Charlie Ashford (R-Shelby Co.) called for an impromptu republican caucus meeting downstairs in executive committee room 1. As the republican members were scrambling to the back doors, the Speaker Pro Tem at the time, Cletus McWilliams (D-Williamson Co.) ordered the Sergeant at Arms to lock the doors and at the same time called for the vote on the bill. By doing this while the republican caucus members were dueling with the sergeant at arms on the door had the effect of showing the bill passing with all republican members present but not voting. Needless to say, this antic caused some really hard feelings that didn’t heal until well into the next years session. At that time, on one called for any kind of ethics investigation or anything like that but tempers did not cool for a long time. I see that some things never change.

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