TN state lawmakers named as worst state legislature in US - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

TN state lawmakers named as worst state legislature in US

(WMC-TV) - This week the left leaning website Mother Jones has put Tennessee's state lawmakers as the worst state legislature in the United States.

Republicans have a supermajority in the both the state house and legislature in Tennessee.

Before you dismiss the ranking as typical partisan bickering, the website put together a 'list' to back up its claim.

Before Mitt Romney's 47 percent comment made headlines last fall Mother Jones was best known by its niche readers, but those secret tapes helped catapult the liberal website into the national spotlight overnight.

This week they released to their readers the worst state legislatures in the country.

Tennessee which has supermajority republicans in both houses is leading the way.

"It's not that all republicans are reckless or the democrats, can't be just as reckless there were some bad goofy democratic bills in the last couple of sessions too," said Memphis Flyer political reporter Jackson Baker. 

Jackson Baker has been following politics for decades with our partners at the Memphis Flyer.

He says both parties are guilty of submitting crazy legislation. 

"There's something I don't know maybe in the water supply in parts of our state that just encourages it this kind of nuttiness," said Baker. 

Mother Jones listed why Tennessee tops its list, "the gateway sex bill" by State Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville introduced the so called "don't say gay bill" so teachers could not talk about homosexuality in grade school.

That bill failed but it inspired an abstinence only sex education program.

Another bill by Senator Bo Watson from Chattenooga was aimed at transgender people who doesn't use a restroom or dressing room that matches their sex identification on his or her birth certificate if fined $50.

That bill also failed.

A third reason was from Rep. Matthew Hill near Johnson City, would name all abortion doctors along with demographic information about patients - that could lead to identifying patients. 

Hill's bill also failed.

"Governor Bill Haslam who is a bona fide republican himself was frustrated last year about what he called 'crazy bills,'" said Baker. 

Expect to see more craziness next month when the new legislative session begins in Nashville.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Best U.S. summer travel destinations

    Best U.S. summer travel destinations

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:05 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:05:08 GMT
    (Source: WalletHub)(Source: WalletHub)

    With summer approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018's Best Summer Travel Destinations. To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub compared 100 metro areas in 40 different areas which are key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to average price of a two-person meal.   Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations Washington, DC Orlando, FL ...

    More >>

    With summer approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018's Best Summer Travel Destinations. To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub compared 100 metro areas in 40 different areas which are key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to average price of a two-person meal.   Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations Washington, DC Orlando, FL ...

    More >>
  • VIDEO: Salon owner clings to car as customer leaves without paying

    VIDEO: Salon owner clings to car as customer leaves without paying

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:38 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:38:42 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    A nail salon owner clung to the back of a car driven by an employee she said did not pay for her services.

    More >>

    A nail salon owner clung to the back of a car driven by an employee she said did not pay for her services.

    More >>
  • Man shot, killed at convenience store

    Man shot, killed at convenience store

    Monday, May 21 2018 6:35 AM EDT2018-05-21 10:35:35 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Memphis Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead. 

    More >>

    Memphis Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://wmctv.images.worldnow.com/images/8801779_G.png" width="156" height="166" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>1960 Union Avenue<br>Memphis, TN 38104</div> <div>(901) 726-0555</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/tv-profile/wmc-tv">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:publicfile@wmctv.com">publicfile@wmctv.com</a> <div>(901) 726-0501</div> <a href="http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/2018_EEO_PUBLIC_FILE_REPORT_WMC.pdf">EEO Report</a> <a href="/story/14517371/closed-captioning-information">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>