State Rep. Rob Briley has bobbed back into public view, appearing at today's House session and receiving a round of applause from his colleagues. The Nashville Democrat told Channel 2's Chris Bundgaard
that he has been at a West Tennessee alcoholism treatment center called the Discovery Place, but he refused to talk with other reporters about why he missed the first two days of the legislature.
"I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm here to do legislative business," Briley said. House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh declared Briley "appears to me to be very ready to assume the duties of a state legislator. He's in good health."
: State Rep. Stacey Campfield is introducing a bill to bar Briley and other legislators who have been convicted of drunken driving from voting on any legislation that affects DUI laws.
“It’s a shame that we even need to address this issue," says the Knoxville Republican. "But when Democratic leadership continuously gives legislators a pass on inexcusable behavior, such as breaking the law by drinking and driving, something needs to be done. As elected officials, we should be held to a higher standard.”
It's not going out on a limb to predict that this bill will never make it out of subcommittee.