20-HB1278/SB1009 – Holt/Haile

Bill Description

Provides that if an incumbent member of the general assembly who has filed a petition for reelection is disqualified by the political party executive committee, then the incumbent member of the general assembly may file a new petition for the same office as a candidate for another political party or as an independent candidate. -

TLRC Position

We fully support although we are not scoring this bill; we are crediting the sponsors.

TLRC Observed Process

House moved to substitute and conform to SB1009
FLOOR VOTE: PASSED 6/3/2020
Ayes………………………………………..85
Noes…………………………………………6
Present and not voting……………….3
Voting no were: Clemmons, Johnson G, Mitchell, Potts, Powell, Shaw — 6.
Present and not voting were: Beck, Camper, Lamar — 3.
Senators voting no were: Yarbro — 1.
This was done in response to the TN Democrat party’s rejection of Rep. John DeBerry, who, in our estimation, is the most statesmanlike member of the General Assembly. Several Democrat members supported DeBerry and we credited them for that. Those members who did not support are indicated by their votes above.

Vote Result: Passed

Score: +5

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