In an attempt to further their full court press against voting, voting rights, voters, and democracy, Tennessee’s Republicans – led by Rep. Gerald McCormick – are threatening to invoke the rarely used Rule 80, a move that would allow them to recall three bills that failed to make it out of the Elections subcommittee to this afternoon’s full House State & Local Government Committee.
Their decision, along with recently made comments about Tennessee General Assembly rules and the committee system certainly has been illuminating.
In a story by Andy Scher in the Chattanooga Free, Republican Rep. Glen Casada said, “Subcommittees are good, they just shouldn’t be the end-all, say-all. I hate for six members to decide public policy for 99.”
In another story in the Tennessean about Speaker Kent Williams performance this session, Republican Rep. Debra Maggart said she was disappointed that Williams did not choose to break a tie on the photo ID bill in committee because, she said, “The Republican Caucus needed his support on this bill.”
McCormick circumventing the committee process. Casada believing that public policy is decided for the benefit of House members. Maggart disappointed that the Republican Caucus didn’t get their way.
Where’s the discussion about what’s best for the people? Where’s the discussion about what’s best for voters? Where’s the discussion about what’s best for democracy?