Report: Hill pressed ‘kill lists’ on committee chairmen

Rep. Mark White (R-Memphis), right, and Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) attend an NFIB event in Nashville on Feb. 19, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Rep. Matthew Hill, a Jonesborough Republican who wants to succeed resigning Glen Casada as House speaker, pressed “kill lists” on committee chairman to try to control the flow of legislation through the chamber this year, the Daily MemphianSam Stockard reports.

Education Chairman Mark White (R-Memphis) says Hill would give him a list of bills that House leadership wanted to “survive” or “not survive” in his committee.

Hill “handed those to me, yeah. I don’t know where it came from there,” White told the publication. Hill would explain “leadership said these bills are not good for us,” he said.

“I’m not saying that’s right or wrong. I’m saying that did happen,” White said, adding that most of the instructions would be delivered during pre-meetings run by Hill and not attended by the general public.

Hill in a statement didn’t deny the existence of “kill lists.”

“The Speaker’s office would examine legislation in order to determine whether it was beneficial or harmful to Tennessee. While some of these initiatives were deemed harmful and were ultimately defeated in their respective committees, other advanced,” Hill told the Daily Memphian.

White said he declined to try to influence the votes of his colleagues.

“I left that up to each individual member, and I would judge each bill on its own merit,” he said.

Read the full report here.


15 Responses to Report: Hill pressed ‘kill lists’ on committee chairmen

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Heavy handed and disgusting. This is not leadership. Our elected representatives can decide for themselves the value of the bills without the ‘kill list’.

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    More and more, we are seeing that the “tea party” faction of the legislature is doing really vulgar, thug-like things to intimidate others. Really unbecoming.

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    James White says:

    Sounds like more than a few need to resign. Power corrupts. The evidence is in the TN Legislature with the Republican Party.

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      Eddie White says:

      James, why don’t you go out and elect you some Democrats from your district. Maybe that will help clean up the state legislature that you are so worried about. This year’s state house actually passed some conservative legislation, but nothing from the senate where the Lt. Governor was able to move most conservative bills to a study committee. I am more concerned about the legislation that comes out of the legislature not this petty soap opera that you and others are caught up in.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Isn’t this the Mark White who had his heart set on providing illegal aliens in-state tuition at state universities? Thwarted in that noble mission he now has decided to shock the easily shocked by revealing that the party that has a super majority in the Tennessee House actually has a priority list of bills that it wants to see passed out of the hundreds of bills that are filed for consideration at the beginning of a session. CAN YOU IMAGINE?!?!? Do you snowflakes think that maybe, just maybe, this is perfectly normal behavior found in any legislature no matter who is in charge?

    Solid conservatives like Mathew Hill have a good chance to become the next House Speaker. Fasten your seat belt folks because the liberal mainstream media sure doesn’t want to see that happen so we can expect a whole series of similar exposes that will simply take our breath away.

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      Lenny says:

      Did you read the article? They were used for retaliation against members on Casada’s Enemies List. Faison said it was a factor for most people in their no confidence votes.

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        jason wallflower says:

        Of course Stuart didn’t read it. He’s too busy defending and sticking up for awful people.

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      Katy E. says:

      God forbid we help poor kids go to college. ?.

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    David White says:

    In all fairness, this has gone on for years and years (although maybe not in writing). It is no different than Mitch McConnell refusing to bring things to a vote in the US Senate. I am not saying it is right, just that it has been going on for more than 50 years. My problem is really the “pre-meetings”.

    The House Speaker yields tremendous power. It is his office that decides which committee that every single Bill is assigned to as long as there is an arguable position of its relevance to that committee.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    It may have gone on for years but it is WRONG

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    Now we know what happened to bills that could actually help citizens of Tennessee, e.g., Medical Cannabis or removing the ban on broadband expansion by municipal providers. These bills have been on kill lists forever, because big money corporate contributors don’t want them passed.

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