TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 25, 2021

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, last week stripped Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, of his committee assignments, the Nashville Post reports. The decision was announced with no debate or explanation shortly before members left the Capitol for the week. “There are certain expectations that must be met by members of the Tennessee House of Representatives,” Sexton said through a spokesperson. “These include maintaining decorum and professionalism, as well as respect for others, and perhaps most importantly, respect for our longstanding committee process. If any or all of these expectations become an issue, appropriate actions will be taken — including removing a member from his or her committee assignments.” The paper says the dispute appears to stem from an argument between Griffey and House leaders earlier this week over the legislator’s attempt to revive a bill defeated in a subcommittee. The Republican Party in Griffey's home Henry County passed a resolution earlier this week censuring Sexton over the parliamentary dispute and calling on the speaker to resign his position.