CONSTITUTION PRESCRAMBLE: Gubernatorial Power Grab

April 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Consumer Protections

What do you do if you want your governor to have more power than any governor has had in the past? You change the Constitution!

HJR0804 by Rep. Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol)
Currently, the state’s attorney general is selected by the Supreme Court of Tennessee. But why allow 5 learned people to discuss the merits of a candidate when a partisan Governor can do so instead? HJR0804 proposes an amendment to Article VI, Section 5 to allow the governor to appoint – with legislative confirmation – the attorney general.

UPDATE 4/10/12: HJR0804 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 11. See also SJR0693 by Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) to be heard on Senate Finance Ways & Means committee on Tuesday, April 10 at 8:30 am. Watch here.

UPDATE 4/15/12: Will be heard in House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee on Wednesday, 4/18/2012, at 2:00 PM, in room 12 of Legislative Plaza, Nashville. Watch the committee hearing and get the agenda here at http://capitol.tn.gov.

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