Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It Takes Some Rocks

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 10:44 AM

Out and About newspaper is reporting that "former State Sen. Jeff Miller (R-Cleveland), the man who sponsored the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, has solicited lobbying business from the Tennessee Equality Project. Miller, who has a gay brother (Gregg), sent out the form letter from his law office in Cleveland, Tennessee."

January 23,2007
To Whom It May Concern:
After my retirement from the legislature, I am pleased to offer to you my services as a lobbyist. Following the requisite waiting period, one year...I will be extending the governmental relations division of my private practice in an effort to assist you and others in ensuring that legislation essential to the betterment of your business practices is supported and legislation to the detriment of your business practices is strongly opposed. After twelve years as a state senator, sitting on numerous committees, attending both regular and special legislative sessions, and serving as Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee and Caucus Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, I have not only had the opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process, I have also met and formed strong relationships with so many individuals continuously involved in the process. I have worked closely with and become dear friends with many holding office and those who keep the wheels turning behind the scenes. Further, through countless leadership and legislative policy meetings with the executive branch, I have both gained first-hand knowledge of how policy decisions are made and become intimately familiar with the applicable rules of law and procedure that regularly present necessary hurdles that cannot be circumvented.
I firmly believe my participation in state goverimeilt over the last decade and more, during which I learxd the intricacies of all that is involved in both passing and prohibiting the passage of legislation, places me in a unique position where I am better able to achieve your goals than those who have not had the opportunity to personally pass or refuse to pass legislation. It is not simply a matter of drafting a potential statutory change, urging some members to lend it their support, and then watching as it becomes law. There is a very complex system of committees, individuals, and requisite processes that if not followed to the letter of the law can prohibit needed legislation from being ratified. I look forwasd to working with you ill the future and, in the meantime, I am more than happy to offer you any advice you may need regarding the legislative Process....

Yours in service,

Jeff Miller

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