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Harwell Ready to Fight for Changes to House Rules

House Speaker Beth Harwell says she’s ready to “fight for” rule changes she’s proposed to modify how the chamber does business, reports WPLN. Considering those rules will be job number one as the General Assembly convenes this week.
Speaker Harwell will first name a special rules committee, and within hours they could take up her suggestions. At least one has resulted in grumbling among lawmakers and lobbyists alike. It limits each member to sponsoring just 10 bills.
Except for Mississippi, Tennessee legislators introduce more bills than any other state in the region, according to the Council of State Governments. Harwell says reducing the number of bills will make the House more efficient.
“I think I hear loud and clear from the public that they don’t want more government; they want less government. And I think it behooves us to prioritize. Why are we down here? And how many additional laws do you really need regulating your life? Let’s be honest about that.”
Harwell has also proposed banning a long-held practice of voting in place of another lawmaker when he or she is away from their desk.


Note: The speaker also says she doesn’t favor a suggestion of state Rep. Bill Dunn that, when a legislator passes one of his bills, he or she gets to introduce another one. Harwell said that struck her as “convoluted” and that it would be hard for staff to keep track of things.

Despite Haslam Veto, Pody Vows to Push Fight on Vanderbilt Bill

State Rep. Mark Pody delivered “a scorcher of a speech” at the Wilson County GOP Reagan Day Dinner, reports Chas Sisk, vowing to continue his push against Vanderbilt University’s requirement that all school clubs, including religious groups, adhere to rules against discrimination on the grounds of creed, sexual orientation or religion.
Pody was sponsor of the bill, which Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed after the 107th General Assembly had adjourned for the year, meaning there was no chance to override. Proponents will thus have to start all over with passage again next year.
“We actually made history. We were the very first veto in the last two year’s of this administration. But I am going to back,” Pody said, slamming his fist on the lectern at Friday night’s Wilson County GOP event. “I am not going to be pushed around, and if the only thing that I do is to stand up and say Christians will not be pushed around.”
“We do have a right to be here,” he continued as the crowd of about 100 or so GOP activists whooped and cheered. “We are a constitution. We believe it. We’re conservative. We came to fight now.”
…Pody’s speech proved to be the most emotionally charged moment of the night, surpassing addresses from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik, state Rep. Linda Elam and former state Rep. Susan Lynn, Elam’s primary rival
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Note: Pody was also sponsor of the Health Care Compact bill, which failed on the House floor on the last day of the session.

A Partisan Fight Photo

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (l) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (r) square off in a preliminary to “Fight Night 2010,” a preliminary to “Fight Night 2012” at the War Memorial Auditorium. The event was a fundraiser for Not Alone, a not-for-profit organization that helps former soldiers and their families. (Photo passed along by Mark Brown.)

2012 Fight Night at the War Memorial Auditorium. © Donn Jones Photography

A Fight Over Campaign Signs

From The Tennessean:
Metro police say they can’t determine who was at fault in an altercation Saturday involving a nephew of former Councilwoman Pam Murray and another man, who wound up in the hospital after taking down some of Murray’s campaign signs at a property owner’s request.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said a Metro officer who arrived at a parking lot behind the Rite Aid at 700 Gallatin Ave. couldn’t tell whether Michael Murray Jr. or Cees Brinkman, who was bleeding from a cut above his left eye, was the “primary aggressor.” The officer looked at video provided by the Murrays but “could not tell who threw the first punch,” Aaron said
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