In a now-deleted tweet he says was crafted by a now-fired marketing firm, a Metro Council candidate compared the president to Hitler.
But he added, “I do believe the current administration is expanding the power of the federal government in a way that could potentially be very frightening for many people. It’s a very scary time.”
Asked if that was different than the mass murder of a race of people, Hayes admitted, “You know, I completely agree with you, it is.”
A key commissioner has headed off House Local Government Committee Chairman Matthew Hill's push for a vote on a bill that would have required the administration to give the legislature a heads up when it lays off state workers.
In a letter dated March 4, Human Resources Commissioner Rebecca Hunter promised the legislature her department in the future will call individual lawmakers in counties affected by any state layoffs.
“No one thought to do it,” Hunter told reporters, adding that some agencies already may inform members but up until now there was no administration-wide standard. “Our preference is any time we can do something by policy, it’s much easier to fine tune it and make it better. It’s a policy, it’s really easy to do that versus when it’s in state code.”
The change in state policy comes after weeks of negotiation with Hill on his bill that started off asking for General Assembly approval for more than 10 layoffs that had not already been run by the legislature. He revised it Tuesday, requiring the administration inform chairs of the House and Senate Government Operations committees any time more than 50 employees are unexpectedly laid off.
Hill pulled his bill after Hunter told the House State Government Committee her agency would change its policies and now inform individual legislators when more than 25 state workers are laid off.
“It’s a 100 percent victory. I got what I wanted,” he said.
The legislation was one in a string of bills pushing for more legislative authority from the executive branch, including wanting the legislature to have greater say on who sits on various boards and commissions and wanting direct approval of expanding any Medicaid expansion proposed by the governor's office.
Sen. Frank Niceley is saving his bill allowing the legislature to nominate U.S. Senate candidates until the end of this year’s legislative session, he told members in the Senate Republican Caucus meeting Monday. His SB471 — which caught heat last year from fellow Republicans including the governor — would allow lawmakers, instead of voters, to pick the candidates who would run in the general election.
Niceley’s proposal made its way to the full Senate last year before the senator delayed a vote until this March. On the House side where the bill stalled last year, Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, last week replaced Rep. Harry Brooks as the bill’s sponsor.
The chairman of the Republican Party doesn't like the loyalty-oath primary elections bill. Neither does his Democratic counterpart. Neither does the governor or two senators.