MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on Friday’s TN House special session.
On the eve of a one-day special session for Tennessee lawmakers, only two things are absolutely certain. One, the state House will formally select Cameron Sexton as the next speaker, replacing disgraced former Speaker Glen Casada who stepped down earlier this month but did not go far enough by stepping out of the legislature. And two, this special session will cost taxpayers a total of about $41,000 in per idem and mileage cost for the attending lawmakers.
Other than that, it anyone’s guess as to whether something else of substance will get done. A series of resolutions could be approved to make changes to criminal, civil, and juvenile court procedures. And Republicans are signaling that there is still a chance they will seek to expel Republican House member David Byrd, who has been accused of sexually assaulting three teenagers when he was a Wayne County high school basketball coach.
Democrats in the legislature basically have no real say because Republicans hold a super majority in both the House and Senate. But some Democrats are promising to make noise during Friday’s session by pushing for an independent investigation into alleged corruption in the speaker’s office while Casada was in charge.
I still believe a special session was unnecessary. A new speaker could have been chosen in January. But since we are having one, hopefully taxpayers will get something useful for their money. And that’s my point of view.