Repeal On Photo ID Passes Hurdle


House panel approves repeal of photo ID law. Tom Humphrey has the story. LINK

Legislation repealing the requirement of a photo ID for voting was approved Wednesday by a House panel had killed other Democrat-sponsored bill to make smaller changes in the current law.

State Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville, and Rep. Kent Williams of Elizabethton, the Legislature’s only independent, joined three Democrats on the House State and Local Government Subcommittee to make passage possible.


Mary Mancini at Tennessee Citizens Action writes in an eblast about what happened and where the bill is heading next. LINK

HB2176, the bill to repeal photo ID to vote, was moved out of House State and Local Subcommittee today, 5 to 3.


Rep. Bob Ramsey (R-Maryville) and Speaker Kent Williams (I-Elizabethton) voted with Rep. Mike Turner (D-Nashville), Rep. Tommie Brown (D-Chattanooga), and Rep. Larry Miller (D-Memphis) to move the repeal bill out of committee and one step forward. Please send them your thanks! You can find their contact info here.


There is still a long road head for the repeal bill to become law. Next stop, the House State and Local Government Full Committee and theSenate State and Local Government committee.
Rep. Jim Cooper is getting some attention for his no budget, no play bill. LINK


A long-shot proposal by Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper to cut off lawmakers’ pay when they miss budget deadlines is gaining traction in Congress.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the measure, which would cut off lawmakers’ pay if they fail to pass an overall budget and all 12 spending bills financing government agencies before the Oct. 1 beginning of each fiscal year. Lawmakers couldn’t be paid retroactively, either.


TBI records not likely to be open any time soon. Did I mention it is Sunshine Week? LINK


State legislators have expressed support for open Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files in theory, but seem less inclined to drum up an effort toward that end in the near future.

While investigative agencies in some other states allow such files to be opened, TBI case files are exempt from Tennessee’s Public Records Act. TNReport interviewed several lawmakers on the matter Tuesday as part of our effort to raise awareness for Sunshine Week.


At Newscoma, I pontificate about the 1% and how we have to engage our elected officials on what is important in our own backyards. LINK

Listen, we can see press releases all over the state about how legislators, not just Holt, but others meeting with local chambers and large business which in a rural community is like meeting with the 1% and not just average folks. It costs to be in a chamber and I’m not knocking that, but I also know that there are other conversations that might give a more complete overview on what is happening in the day-to-day lives of Tennesseans.

A legislator is not going to come to you and ask you your opinion willy nilly unless it’s an election year. So I would think that it is up to us to go to them.



Quick Hits


  • Bills signed by the governor into law this week. Humphrey has the list. LINK
  • Southern Beale gets her First Draft on. A good autobiographical look at a fantastic democratic blogger. LINK
  •  Are voters restless? Jackson Baker says maybe.LINK 
  • Steve Ross on HB600 and how Senate leadership is fighting back. LINK
  • Bruce Barry takes on the Tennessean over Doonesbury. LINK
  • Gov. Bill Haslam has been texting Peyton Manning.LINK 


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