On Tuesday, Senator Stacey Campfield’s bill SB0127 to restore popular election, as required by Article VI Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution, was heard and debated by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The good news, it passed 5-4 with an unusual tie breaking vote cast by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey.
The bad news, Senator Doug Overbey violated his oath of office and told the Senate Judiciary Committee not to use the State Constitution as a means for voting to restore a constitutional requirement.
Listen to the discussion here: http://lastcar.blogspot.com/2011/03/here-is-video.html
Senator Overbey’s egregious remark begins at about the 10 minute mark, “You should only vote for this bill if you think direct election is the best policy. Period. If you think it’s the best policy then vote for it, but don’t use the Constitution as a means for voting for it.”