New Legislator Brings Caution to First-Term Work

Freshman lawmaker, state Sen. Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville) learned during his first legislative session that even the best-intentioned laws can have unintended consequences. In a feature by the Nashville Legder, Dickerson said he has moved cautiously, trying to fully understand how different proposals might impact different people. “Everybody I’ve spoken to is committed to doing the right thing,” Dickerson says. But, of course, different people have different ideas about what the “right thing” is, he adds. While he thinks Gov. Bill Haslam “struck the perfect balance” with his Medicaid expansion proposal, Dickerson said if Haslam and the feds do reach an agreement, he would defer judgment on his vote until he has had a chance to study the details.