The mighty Republican supermajority is hoping to adjourn on April 19—mercifully even sooner than last year’s May 1—and Senate speaker Ron Ramsey insists that’s plenty of time for due deliberation of the great pile of goofy bills awaiting action.
“That’s the new norm, so get used to it,” Ramsey says. “We’re not getting out early, we’re getting out on time.”
Ever the obstructionists, Democrats are complaining and arguing the bizarre case that the session should drag on perversely and make us all even more miserable. When they were in charge, sessions sometimes lasted six months.
“We’re on a race to get out of here early. They’re shooting for sometime in mid-April right now. Next year it’ll be February,” says Rep. Mike Turner, D-Nashville. “I think we ought to just get rid of the legislature. That seems to be what they’re trying to do. We do have three branches of government. They seem to be trying to diminish the role of what we do as a legislature.”
If that’s the Republican goal, we’re down with it.