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Bill on Sexual Orientation Offered

State Rep. Brenda Gilmore says she’ll propose legislation to repeal a law enacted during the last legislative session that overrode a Nashville city ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation by businesses that contract with Nashville city government, reports The Tennessean. The sponsor of the override bill, Rep. Glen Casada, says that’s not going to happen.
The Nashville Democrat will join state and local gay rights activists and Metro Council members today to introduce legislation that she hopes will restore local rights to ban discrimination, even if those laws are stricter than the state’s.
Local officials are still fuming over the state legislature’s decision to push through a law that invalidated a local regulation that banned city contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
“It was Metro Council and Davidson County’s wishes that people who do business with Metro government would have the same values and honor their commitments not to discriminate against anyone, and I think my colleagues should recognize that,” Gilmore said. “And just as they don’t want federal government interfering in state government, we shouldn’t interfere with our local government.”
….It remains to be seen whether Gilmore’s proposal has a chance in a Republican-dominated General Assembly that nullified the Metro law less than six months ago. Casada, at least, thinks not.
“I don’t think they’re going to give that bill a second glance,” he said. “Thousand and thousand and thousands of bills get introduced each legislative session, and I’ll remind you that HB 600 passed on bipartisan support. … (Tennessee lawmakers) understand the importance of having a uniform code of conduct for business in these difficult economic times.”
But the new bill’s supporters hope to at least start a dialogue on the issue of gay rights and local control.

Matheny is ‘Per Diem King’ for First Six Months of 2011

Jeff Woods has looked through state legislator reports on receipt of daily expense payments and says House Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, is the “per diem king” with took $19,536 for the first six months of this year.
All legislators collected roughly the same per diem during the five-month legislative session. After that, it’s up to lawmakers to decide how often they want to charge taxpayers for attending conferences or coming to Legislative Plaza for meetings or routine office work.
Other leaders in per diem so far this year are Reps. Jimmy Naifeh, $18,683; Joe Towns, D-Memphis, $18,480; Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, $18,128; and Lois DeBerry, D-Memphis, $17,952.
… State Rep. Brenda Gilmore has collected the most daily expense cash of any state legislator from Nashville so far this year, according to new figures. Gilmore raked in $16,192 in the $176 daily allowances, easily more than her nearest rival for the dubious honor. That was Rep. Sherry Jones, who took $15,488,

Two Nashville Legislators, Some Local Officials Didn’t Pay Property Taxes on Time

As state and local governments struggle to make ends meet and regularly cut programs and services, a handful of Middle Tennessee elected officials and candidates for office haven’t paid their Metro property taxes in the four months since they came due, reports The Tennessean.
A Tennessean survey of property tax records shows two state legislators who represent Nashville, as well as one Davidson County judge and four Metro Council candidates, hadn’t paid their taxes as of Wednesday.
… The delinquent owners include two longtime state lawmakers who previously served on the Metro Council
Sen. Thelma Harper, first elected to the Senate in 1988, owed $1,199.35 on a Jefferson Street building she and her husband bought for $8,000 in 1989, according to property records. Built about 70 years ago, the building was appraised by the city for $72,600 in 2009.
Colby Sledge, press secretary for the Senate Democratic Caucus, said Harper’s husband intended to pay the bill in February but “quite frankly, it just slipped his mind,” he said.
“Rep. Brenda Gilmore, serving her third term in the state House of Representatives, and her husband, Harry, owe $1,081.03 on their Bordeaux home. Gilmore said the couple is working to pay the bill.
“We plan to pay it before the summer is over,” she said. “We just don’t have the money.”
Another elected official, Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Carol Soloman, owed $1,606.26 each on three rental units she owns in Madison under the business name Soloman Rentals. The address listed for Soloman on Metro property records for each unit is “604 Metro Courthouse,” her office chambers.