May 12 2011
02:02 pm

I was going to leg work this, but Christian Grantham already laid it down.

I was looking into the procedure for recall of legislators in the state of Tennessee and could only find provisions for local offices (T.C.A. 2-5-151).

I called the TN State Department this morning and was not only told there was no annotated code outlining recalls, but was directed to the state’s ouster law (T.C.A. 8-47-101). The helpful person who answered so early this morning literally had the answer so quickly it was as though some smart voters were already looking into it.

The funny thing about the ouster law is it requires voters prove a legislator broke the law. It doesn’t protect voters from moron politicians who promise voters they’ll do something about unemployment only to waste time promoting divisive legislation on gays, abortion, Muslims and making sure kids can bring guns to college. The problem with the ouster provision is that it’s not illegal to be a lying politician.

For that kind of crook, you need a recall.

I love all of the "Attack on the Republican Party" stuff. It holds both parties accountable, you fools. That you are anxious about it speaks volumes. Do the people's work and stop pandering. It is putting TN in a retrograde position to not have an effective legislative body.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

Don't make this difficult...

Ouster law:

8-47-101. Officers subject to removal — Grounds.

Every person holding any office of trust or profit, under and by virtue of any of the laws of the state, either state, county, or municipal, except such officers as are by the constitution removable only and exclusively by methods other than those provided in this chapter, who shall knowingly or willfully commit misconduct in office, or who shall knowingly or willfully neglect to perform any duty enjoined upon such officer by any of the laws of the state, or who shall in any public place be in a state of intoxication produced by strong drink voluntarily taken, or who shall engage in any form of illegal gambling, or who shall commit any act constituting a violation of any penal statute involving moral turpitude, shall forfeit such office and shall be ousted from such office in the manner hereinafter provided.

Acts 1915, ch. 11, § 1; Shan., § 1135a1; Code 1932, § 1877; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 8-2701; Acts 2004, ch. 621, § 1.

Looks like the easiest approach is probably to carry your cell phone with camera into that Sheraton on the Legislative Plaza during happy hour, then post a YouTube.

Tater Salad will be parked on a stool.

Andy Axel's picture

Witness also how quickly that

Witness also how quickly that "verified voting" became a non-priority as soon as the GOP took the majority. Coincidental, right?

Nonetheless, the shift in the legislative and executive power in this state had the concomitant affect of giving the GOP the corrupt institutional advantages baked into our state political process by a single party that had, up until last cycle, ruled the state by hegemony for seven human generations.

So historicaly speaking: Want to know why the TCA doesn't have a recall rule? Because going back to Reconstruction, the Democratic Party didn't feel the need to implement one. That's really working out well for us now.

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