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Former commissioner reports Rep. Weaver to DC police

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) attends a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in Nashville on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

A former commissioner in then-Gov. Ned McWherter’s administration has reported state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) to law enforcement for taking part in Washington protest that turned into a riot.

“I respectfully inform you that Terri Lynn Weaver… was a participant,” Dudley Taylor wrote to D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee. “She posted photos and informed The Tennessean, the daily newspaper in Nashville, that she was ‘in the thick of it.’ She claimed to be a ‘patriot,’ of course.”

Contee in an email thanked Taylor for his report.

“I will ensure our FBI partners have this information,” Contee wrote.

Taylor is a Knoxville attorney who served as revenue commissioner for McWherter. He is also a former member of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance and was the Democratic nominee in the open 2nd Congressional District won by Republican Jimmy Duncan in 1988.

Taylor wrote in his letter that if his report qualifies for a $1,000 reward, he will donate it to the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who was killed in the riot.

Rep. Weaver calls for Casada’s resignation as speaker

Add Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) to the list of lawmakers calling for Glen Casada to step down as House speaker.

“The choices made by these people – including the Speaker – should have consequences,” The Hartsville Vidette quoted her as saying. “That teaches a lesson to everyone.”

“If one’s going to step up to a place of authority – mayor, county commissioner – there is a level of representation you’ve got to bring to the table,” she said. “Bad choices bring bad consequences and bad consequences have victims. Good choices make good things happen.”

State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver says House Speaker should resign

That brings the list of Republicans calling for Casada to step aside to seven. The other are:

  • Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn of Knoxville.
  • Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville.
  • Rep. Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain.
  • Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby.
  • Majority Whip Rick Tillis of Lewisburg.
  • Rep. Sam Whitson of Franklin.

Meanwhile, Casada was spotted at the Iroquois Steeplechase race in Nashville over the weekend with fellow Republican lawmakers and lobbyists, per the Nashville Scene’s Stephen Elliott.

Also, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Johnson City) said Casada should step aside.

“I think it’s a distraction for our state” Roe told WCYB-TV. “We’re doing wonderful in the state of Tennessee and I think probably he needs to think about removing that distraction.”

Marriage bill stalls amid debate over who can perform ceremonies

A seeking to allow more elected officials to officiate over wedding ceremonies has run into trouble in the House amid a myriad of questions about the purpose of the legislation.

Andy Sher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) put off the bill after extensive questioning on the House floor about the need for extending the officiating power to all current and former state lawmakers (the speakers of both chambers can already solemnize weddings), plus nearly 1,700 city or town council members.

The bill would also specify that that ministers, preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis, or other spiritual leaders must be ordained or “otherwise designated in conformity with the customs of a church, temple or other religious group or organization” in order to preside over weddings.

“We have right now in Tennessee a situation where people are going online and getting an online ordination in order to marry friends and family members,” said House Judiciary Chairman Michael Curcio (R-Dickson). “Right now we don’t know under the eyes of the law whether those are legal marriages. So we desperately need clarification.”

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