TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 29, 2014

Veteran reporter Tom Humphrey provides a primer on Amendment 2 as part of a four-part series looking at the constitutional amendments voters will consider in November. Published at newspapers across the state in the Tennessee News Network, Humphrey's article provides a history of the retention election system in the state and features arguments from those both for and against the proposal. He also looks at the impact the recent judicial election and the court’s decision to replace Attorney General Robert Cooper may have on the success of the amendment. While approval of the amendment would resolve a long-running dispute, the effect of a defeat is unknown, Humphrey suggests. Voters rejected a similar proposal in 1978 but the legislature kept the gubernatorial appointment system in place. Those leading the “Vote No” campaign, however, say legislators should feel obliged to restore contested elections if the amendment loses.