Monday, September 14, 2009

Two Legislators Shock Tennessee by Producing a Good Idea

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 8:03 AM

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It was one of the most embarrassing legislative sessions in the history of the state, and that's saying a lot. As Pith in the Wind recounted when it all finally came to a merciful ending in June:
There was Susan Lynn's panic attack, Brian Kelsey's extortion attempt, the hysterical shrieking of Robin Smith, the shocking double castration of Gary Odom and Jason Mumpower, the darkly righteous fury of Tony Shipley, Curry Todd's lies, Bobbie Patray's glassy eyes, and the rise of the Children of the Corn, guns, abortion, Obama birthers, teabaggers, Hispaniels and the yellow man, the Senate Republican budget--the list goes on, as they say. Then when we didn't think we possibly could ask for more, there was the fabulous dénouement: all at once Sherri Goforth was a household name, and her charming little picture of those bright white eyes became a new national symbol of racism right up there with Bull Connor's fire hoses.

And we didn't even know about the Paul Stanley sex-and-extortion scandal yet.

Now, at long last from this legislature comes a good idea: Reps. Henry Fincher, D-Cookeville, and Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, have proposed changing the House rules to block lawmakers from introducing more than 10 bills each during any session. Eureka! Why didn't we think of that before? Not many legislators are smart enough to realize this, but shortening these sessions would work in their favor politically. Every day they spend in Nashville equals another bad newspaper story back home. By ending sessions sooner, we limit the public damage, too. It's a win-win!

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