Some state senators and representatives have the person sitting at the desk next to them push the vote button on key issues, even when this elected official is absent. WGNS has e-mailed questions to Rutherford county's state senators and representatives to get their views on this way of conducting business.
Is It Honest and Ethical?
At this point, we have not received any response and the regularly scheduled monthly radio broadcast that has been featured for several years on the station, was cancelled due to reported conflicts.
Here are the questions sent to State Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy along with State Representatives Joe Carr, Mike Sparks, and Rick Wommick: Has this been a “forever act” that has just been discovered? Do you feel it is right or wrong? WGNS' e-mail to these elected state officials also gave them the opportunity to share any other comments or observations on this issue.
State Representative Joe Carr Commented
So far, only one Rutherford County state house member has responded to the question from WGNS News. State Representative Joe Carr said, "I think the characterization in the story attempts to impugn the character of the entire Tennessee General Assembly by the actions of a few. That is regrettable."
Senator Jim Tracy only one to respond so far
State Senator Jim Tracy responded quickly stating, "The Senate doesn't work that way - we have to be in our seats."
He did not give an opinion on whether he felt this procedure in the State House is proper.
What is your opinion?
Do you feel this is similar to having someone else punch the time card at work for you when you are not there? The WGNS "Man On The Street" is getting your opinions and we'll have those on the radio. We also encourage you to e-mail your comments to news@WGNSradio.com