Campfield Suggests Haslam Use Line Item Veto to Assure ‘Defunding’ of Planned Parenthood

Sen. Stacey Campfield said today that he plans to ask Gov. Bill Haslam to use a line item veto to remove a provision in the state budget bill that could allow continued funding to Planned Parenthood authority.
Asked for comment, Haslam spokesman David Smith sent this statement:
“There’s some confusion on the legislative side about what was approved, and until they clear that up and we know what’s coming to us, we’ll reserve comment on the situation.”
At the urging of Campfield, R-Knoxville, a budget bill amendment was adopted last week to block state funding from going to Planned Parenthood. But that provision apparently was negated by another amendment tucked into the voluminous appropriations act.
Campfield said Tuesday he believed that his amendment had been deliberately sabotaged by legislative staff against the wishes of himself and others, including Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, after they had been told the overturn language would be deleted.
Today, Campfield said he had spoken with Doug Himes, a legislative attorney who handles budget drafting. Hime said, according to Campfield, that “someone on the House side” had instructed staff to put the overturn amendment back into the budget bill.
Himes declined to say who had issued those instructions, citing the attorney-client privilege that exists between the Legislature’s lawyers and the members of the Legislature. In an interview with a reporter, Himes said he could not even comment on whether he had spoken with Campfield.
But both Himes and Joseph Barnes, director of legal services for the Legislature, said staff would never make an alteration to the budget bill or any other legislation except on instructions of a legislator.
“We don’t gratuitously add language to the appropriations act,” said Barnes. “We follow instructions and directions of the members.”
In the House, Speaker Beth Harwell has ultimate authority for directing legal staff. She has not been available for comment today.

6 thoughts on “Campfield Suggests Haslam Use Line Item Veto to Assure ‘Defunding’ of Planned Parenthood

  1. Knoxville girl

    he’s a state senator? really??? you’d think he would know that the Tennessee Governor doesn’t have line-itme veto authority. 🙂

  2. Tom Humphrey

    The governor does have line item veto authority on the budget/appropriations bill. It’s in Article III, Section 18 of the state constitution (last paragraph).

  3. Elrod

    A better use of the line-item veto would be to defund the Tennessee legislature. And then perhaps we can set up a circus tent with a cross-dressing Ms. Stacy Campfield as emcee. It’ll be the newest attraction in Pigeon Forge!
    Has there ever been a more useless and embarrassing collection of half-wits than the current crop of goons in Nashville? We might as well just revert to Southwest Territory status and have the Feds save us from ourselves.

  4. B. Daniel Schuh

    I’ve been on the front line. I attempted to protest Planned Parenthood. But what I found were many Catholics reciting Blessed Mary prayers. If you are not Catholic, do not feel welcome at protests of Planned Parenthood. I said, “Please, stop saying your Blessed Mary prayers, and I will protest with you.” But no luck.

  5. EasyWriter

    ‘Knoxville girl’ is correct about the line-item veto, but it only applies to appropriated dollars. He can reduce or eliminate dollars, but he can’t veto language such as Campfield wants.

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