McCormick Would Change Rules on Lame Duck Legislator Trips

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick says he would like to see state law changed to prohibit lame-duck legislators from taking taxpayer-funded trips outside the state.
The comment came in response to a reporter’s questions about six legislators who signed up for a trip to the National Conference of State Legislators meeting in Chicago last week even though they won’t be in office after November.
“They’re on the way out. They’re not going to have much time to use their experience to benefit the taxpayers and their constituents,” he said. “I think the rules ought to be changed in the future.”
Why weren’t the rules changed earlier?
“I just wasn’t thinking,” he said.
Four of the legislators who signed up for the Chicago trip had announced their retirement plans earlier this year. One of them, Democratic Sen. Roy Herron, says he wound up not making the trip after all. The others were Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill, and Reps. Bill Harmon, D-Dunlap, and Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington.
Also making the trip were Reps. Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, and Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, both of whom signed up before being defeated in the Aug. 2 primary.

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