The Democratic bill to repeal the law requiring Tennessee voters to produce a government-issued photo identification prior to voting won a surprising approval vote Wednesday in a House subcommittee when one Republican and one independent member joined Democrats in voting to advance the measure to the full committee.
“We still have a full committee to go through and I suspect that ill not come out of that committee,” Harwell said in her weekly press conference. Asked to elaborate, she said, “I always let the committees function…but I feel strongly that bill will not come out.”
Tennessee lawmakers passed a resolution Thursday condemning a United Nations environmental plan as a “destructive and insidious” effort to advance a communist agenda through the guise of community planning.
The state House of Representatives voted 72-23 in favor of House Joint Resolution 587, which denounces the nonbinding Agenda 21plan adopted by a United Nations environmental conference two decades ago.
Activists fighting against mountaintop removal have kept the issue in the news recently. Apparently the governor’s administration is neutral on the topic. LINK
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration won’t weigh in on mountaintop mining legislation that has put state GOP lawmakers and a pro-environment group at odds.
“We’re sort of neutral on that. … We defer to the legislature on the (mountaintop mining) original bill or amendment,” Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Robert Martineau Jr. said of the situation at the Tennessee Environmental Conference on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 893 - nicknamed, along with its counterpart House Bill 368, “the monkey bill” – is back. In April 2011, its sponsor Bo Watson (R-District 11), assigned the bill to the general subcommittee of the Senate Education Committee, in effect shelving it for the remainder of the year. But on March 7, 2012, it was revived and placed on the committee’s calendar; on March 14, 2012, the committee voted 7-1 (with one member abstaining) to pass an amended version of the bill, although the exact wording of the amended version is not yet listed on the legislature’s website. The bill now proceeds to the Senate Select Committee on Calendar for scheduling for a floor vote.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester wants the state elections chief held accountable for the high-profile mistakes seen in the Presidential Primary. Forrester is calling for top-to-bottom review of the Primary Election and the state election office to address a pattern of serious errors that denied voters access to the polls and even disenfranchised a former U.S. Congressman and his wife.
- Joe Powell on VW coming to Roane County with emphasis on the word “catchet.” LINK
- Rachel Walden is not happy with The Tennessean over the Doonesbury cartoon ban.LINK
- The Democrat Resource Center in Johnson Cityhas their latest newsletter out. LINK
- The TNDP responds to Agenda 21 with video of Rep. Jeanne Richardson and Rep. Mike Turner putting the non-binding resolution into perspective. LINK
- Rep. Jim Cooper’s no budget no pay bill has gained some steam and some popularity. LINK