Analysis of lawmaker expenses killed in House

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 1:08pm

A resolution calling for a comprehensive study of lawmaker allowances has been killed in a House committee after unanimously passing the Senate.

Republican state Rep. Curry Todd made the motion in the House State Government Committee on Tuesday to delay consideration of the measure until after the Legislature adjourns next year.

The resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers calls for the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations to study the allowances paid to lawmakers when they are conducting business at the Capitol. It passed the Senate on a 32-0 vote.

Todd called the study unnecessary because the information is already available.

A separate bill to strip the $107 daily hotel allowance for lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol was sent for the governor's consideration on Wednesday.

3 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 4/3/13 at 12:01

The $107 daily allowance should be stripped, that is $2075 a month. They vote to take away or reduce the amount paid injured workers, and you pocket this kind of money for working. What is wrong with this picture. Come on, Rep. Curry Todd, what have you got to hide?

By: Ask01 on 4/4/13 at 5:39

An excellent question, pswindle.

I have an additional question: what do they all have to hide, as no one pushed back, insisting the study stay alive?

(Of course, I also wonder why firearms enthusiasts are so frightened of in depth background checks to ensure those with criminal records and mental problems do not legally acquire weapons.)

By: govskeptic on 4/4/13 at 6:16

Todd must have a problem he wants left alone until his current term is over with.
Very unlikely he will be re-elected in his district for another term.