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Guv Inks Tighter Voter ID Provisions

Library cards and other types of county-or-city-issued photo ID cards are no longer enough to cast a ballot in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a General Assembly measure outlawing their use at polling places.

The bill, sponsored by Murfreesboro Republican Bill Ketron, was an initially more extensive overhaul of the state’s existing voter ID law.

Most notably, it aimed to add college ID cards — both for students and staff — to the list of acceptable forms of identification.

That effort drew skepticism from some other Senate Republicans, but Ketron’s argument that the changes would make the law more “consistent” eventually won out in the upper chamber. The Senate passed the legislation 21-8. Four Republicans voted “no.” They were Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet, Mike Bell of Riceville, Stacey Campfield of Knoxville and Jim Summerville of Dickson.

However, Ketron’s reasoning fell on deaf GOP ears in the House.

Sponsor Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, readily accepted an amendment from House Local Government Committee Chair Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, that stripped the college ID provision. The language nixing library cards stayed.

Hill told members of the House during floor debate on the measure back in March that his committee removed college IDs because they felt the cards were “too easy to duplicate, they’re too easy to access, too easy to acquire.”

“Some of them do not even have expiration dates on on them, and that poses a danger and a hazard to the voting process,” Hill said.

While discussion in the Senate focuses almost entirely on the college ID issue, some lawmakers in the House were equally vocal in their concern regarding the move to ban the use of library cards on election day.

Chief among them were Democrats from Memphis who said the legislation as a move to overrule a state Supreme Court decision allowing library cards to be used in that city.

Johnnie Turner didn’t mince words, calling the proposed changes “a form of voter suppression,” and chiding House Republicans for meddling in local affairs.

“Locals have voted for, it has been approved by the courts,” Turner said. “Speaker after speaker after speaker will say, ‘We don’t want the federal government telling us what to do.’ And yet, on the state level, we’re doing the same thing.”

Antonio Parkinson, also a Memphis Democrat, said he felt he had been “hoodwinked” and “bamboozled” by Republicans. He accused GOP lawmakers of focusing attention on the more contentious issue of college IDs to draw scrutiny away from their real objective to nullify the decision of the state’s courts.

Going heavy on the sports metaphors, Parkinson said “the end run play was ran and you scored a touchdown, scored the final dunk and now you’re on the House floor with this bill.”

“The point of the matter was simply this,” Parkinson continued. “To run interference of a decision that was to be made by the Tennessee Supreme Court in regards to library cards that were being proposed to be used by the city of Memphis.”

The House passed the bill, largely along party lines, by a vote of 65-30 and the Senate subsequently concurred with the House version, dropping the college ID language with little discussion on the floor.

Property Disclosure Requirement for Lawmakers Hits Snag

An ethics bill requiring Tennessee policymakers to disclose all real property they own other than their primary home has hit a snag this year, and the bill sponsor said she doesn’t expect it to pass.

Rep. Susan Lynn said she would still like to get the bill back in committee this year as a thermometer test.

Susan Lynn

“I perceive that a lot of members think that it’s a good idea, but I perceive also that a lot of members strongly oppose it,” the Mt. Juliet Republican said. “So it may need a little bit more time to become more apparent to the members as to why it’s important.”

Originally assigned to the House Local Government Committee, HB1063 was moved back to the speaker’s desk after Lynn failed to appear on two separate occasions to present her bill. However, Chairman Matthew Hill made a procedural error by invoking Rule 13, meant to kick in after the sponsor fails to appear for a third time.

To get the bill back on track, the House clerk’s office told Lynn she will have to see Rep. Joe Carr, chairman of the Local Government subcommittee.

“I need to call the clerk’s office to find out why I need to talk to the subcommittee chair, “ Lynn told TNReport.com. “I think it was a mistake we’re going to try and get worked out.”

HB 1063 would require all elected and certain appointed public officials, such as those on local and regional planning commissions or state boards, to disclose any real property owned by them, their spouses or any minor children living at home.

Earlier in March, Lynn told TNReport.com that she would entertain an amendment excepting state legislators from the new disclosure requirement if that’s the only way to make it a requirement for local government officials.

“I think it’s very important for local government to make this disclosure, especially the planning commission members,” she said. “I think property holdings that one has, especially holdings that they hold for some future opportunity, should be disclosed, [because] maybe they’re in a position to vote on things that will make the opportunity better.”

Kent Flanagan, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, agrees that the bill “offers a lot for citizens who don’t have the advantage of public office.”

“I think it’s critical for this legislation, or anything similar to it, to be enacted, simply to level the playing field because of economics,” said Flanagan, the former state bureau chief for The Associated Press.

During public discussion of a proposed development, if “everyone knows who owns property and where that property is located, then everyone knows where everyone stands. When people own property and don’t disclose it, I think that’s a clear conflict of interest.”

Still, the former newspaper editor doesn’t hold out high hopes for the bill’s passage.

“I think in terms of this legislation, the chances of it passing are probably slim with the legislator exemption,” Flanagan said. “If they’re not exempt, I don’t think it has a chance of passing.”

Amelia Morrison Hipps may be reached at amhipps@capitolnewstn.com, on Twitter @CapitolNews_TN or at 615-442-8667.

Bill to Block College IDs for Voting Draws Dem Doubts

Questions from Democrats about the true intent of legislation drafted to clarify Tennessee’s voter ID law peppered discussion in a House committee Tuesday.

The legislation would have allowed voters to use college IDs as a form of accepted identification. The bill would rewrite a section of the current code that blocks their use. In HB 229’s original language, college IDs were simply not mentioned.

Rep. Jeremy DurhamJeremy Durham

However, that changed with freshman Rep. Jeremy Durham’s amendment that “basically just eliminates the college IDs part of the bill,” Durham told the Local Government Committee. “I think it’s good public policy to make sure the right people are voting.”

The amendment drew a slew of questions from Democratic committee members as to the true intent of the bill.

Rep. Bo Mitchell, of Nashville, made the argument that state-funded institutions of higher learning are “part of the state of Tennessee” because they receive funding from the state.

“There’s plenty of people who get direct money from the state, but I don’t want them to write down on a napkin who’s qualified to vote,” Durham, R-Franklin, said.

Rep. Larry Miller, of Memphis, was one of three Democratic members to ask either Durham or House sponsor Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, if they could describe any “real-world occurrences” where students had committed fraud using college IDs to vote. Neither could provide an example.

When Rep. Mike Stewart, of Nashville, asked Durham for an example of a problem with college IDs, Durham said, “I suppose that the real problem is if we stick with just state and federal, I think that’s better than having 20, 30 different forms of ID from all these different state-funded universities.”

Rep. Antonio Parkinson, of Memphis, questioned what effect the bill may have on a decision before the Tennessee Supreme Court regarding the use of photo library cards as acceptable ID. The bill forbids using them to vote as well.

“A court decision would not affect the current law,” Lynn said. “A judge is not a lawmaker, and a judge can’t just deem that local IDs are acceptable if the General Assembly has passed a law saying that they are not acceptable, and the governor has signed the law.”

The companion bill, SB125, passed the full Senate last week. However, it allows college IDs to be accepted as valid forms of identification but disallows library cards and out-of-state IDs.

Because the two chambers’ versions differ, it is possible that a conference committee will be appointed to try and reach an agreement, which is necessary before final passage is possible.

Amelia Morrison Hipps may be reached at amhipps@capitolnewstn.com, on Twitter @CapitolNews_TN or at 615-442-8667.

Lynn’s Ethics Bill Calls for More Disclosure by Lawmakers

Saying more openness is needed on the part of Tennessee policymakers, Rep. Susan Lynn has introduced legislation that would require the disclosure of all real property they own other than their primary home.

The Mt. Juliet Republican’s HB 1063 would require all elected and certain appointed public officials, such as those on local and regional planning commissions or state boards, to disclose any real property owned by them, their spouses or any minor children living at home.

“Back in 2006, when we did the ethics reform, we wanted this to be part of the disclosure and simply couldn’t get it done at that time,” said Lynn, who served in the House for eight years before running for state Sen. Mae Beavers’ seat and losing in 2010.

“Leaving the Legislature for two years, like I did, you start thinking about the things you wish you’d done or could have done, and this was one of those things.”

Before the 108th General Assembly session began, Lynn, who chairs the Consumer and Human Resources Subcommittee, said she learned of a bill filed by freshman Republican Rep. Kent Calfee of Kingston that called for exempting planning commission members from such disclosure.

“I thought to myself, ‘This is not good,’” Lynn said. “I was getting a lot of Tea Party emails, and they were basically indicting all of us for filing that bill.”

Lynn said she wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, so she called him and asked why he had filed it.

“He said his county mayor asked him to,” she said, adding that after she explained to Calfee the importance of more disclosure, not less, he withdrew his bill and thanked her for calling him.

Lynn’s bill would require the disclosure of the address of the property and the month and year of its acquisition, but not everyone in the General Assembly is in favor of it.

Many have told her that the information is a matter of public record, and that should be sufficient. Her argument is that since it is public record, “What’s wrong with putting it all in one neat, consolidated place to make that disclosure?”

“I’m not feeling a warm breeze right now from the [Local Government] committee,” said Lynn, who postponed a vote on the bill until March 12. “I really feel like I’m standing out there alone. I know it’s the right thing to do, and I hope they will be amenable.”

She said she would entertain an amendment excepting state legislators from the new disclosure requirement, if it’s the only way to make it a requirement for local government officials.

“I think it’s very important for local government to make this disclosure, especially the planning commission members,” she said. “I think property holdings that one has, especially holdings that they hold for some future opportunity, should be disclosed, [because] maybe they’re in a position to vote on things that will make the opportunity better.”

She said she hopes that it doesn’t come to that, though.

“I hope my colleagues see the big picture. They won’t be in office together forever.”

Amelia Morrison Hipps may be reached at amhipps@capitolnewstn.com, on Twitter @CapitolNews_TN or at 615-442-8667.

Elam Campaign Gets No Response from Lynn on Debate Invite

Press release from State Rep. Linda Elam, R-Mt. Juliet; July 23, 2012: 

Poor Voting Record Probably the Reason

State Representative Linda Elam issued a debate challenge last week to her opponent, Susan Lynn, in hopes to provide the voters of Wilson County an opportunity to hear from the candidates on the issues. The challenge was sent by certified mail to Lynn’s home in District 46 and to the email address on file with the Registry of Election Finance. The email bounced back. Lynn doesn’t appear to have a current email on file so the invitation was then sent to two email addresses found on her web site.

Representative Elam asked for a reply from Lynn by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Included with the challenge were several ways she could reach Elam. So far no there has been no response from Lynn.

“I want to know what Susan Lynn has to hide and why won’t she make herself available for a face-to-face debate in front of the voters of Wilson County,” asked Elam. “I guess she’s afraid to address why she supports toll roads in Tennessee, illegals obtaining drivers certificates and why she ran up the state budget by 10 billion dollars when she was in the state house.”

“Originally my opponent and her small team of supporters called everything I said a “lie.” When they realized that telling the truth about her record was getting people’s attention, she went on-line and issued extremely lengthy “explanations” in which she admitted to voting the way I had said she did but tried to minimize their impact. When she discovered that the voters were not buying her self-serving “explanations” for her votes, she went back to calling everything I say a “lie,” said Elam. “How can what I say be a lie if she’s already admitted to voting the way I said she did?”

“Lynn is depriving the people of Wilson County an opportunity to see both candidates face-to-face in a debate of the issues,” said Elam. “District 57 deserves a representative who will put herself out there and allow the voters to make their own judgment. The only candidate in this race who will do so is LINDA ELAM.”

One Way or Another, Somebody’s Getting Re-Elected in HD 57

Were it not for the hundreds of lawn signs and bumper stickers collecting dust in her garage, Susan Lynn might have chosen a different slogan to launch her political comeback.

But the outspoken former state rep nevertheless does feel fully entitled to run a “Re-Elect Susan Lynn” campaign, even though she hasn’t been a member of the Tennessee Legislature for the last two years.

“I don’t even have a logo that doesn’t say ‘Re-Elect Susan Lynn,’” said the Mt. Juliet Republican, who served four terms in the state House before launching an unsuccessful run at the Senate in 2010. Lynn says it just makes sense to try and save a few bucks by reusing signs, stickers, T-shirts, hats and other sundry political paraphernalia leftover from her House District 57 campaigns starting in 2002 and ending in 2008.

Lynn faces Linda Elam, a one-time real estate attorney, formerly the mayor of Mt. Juliet mayor and — most notably — the incumbent who enjoys the House GOP Caucus’ support going into the August 2 primary election. The winner will run unopposed in November.

Elam, who is finishing up her first term in state office, kicked off her campaign recently with an event co-sponsored by 58 fellow Republican lawmakers. The GOP establishment’s  endorsement, Elam says, represents a clear and “dramatic” message to voters signaling which candidate has proven she can “work well with their colleagues, get things accomplished and work on behalf of the people rather than their own interest.”

The race is one of several that political insiders are following closely. The race will also test the electoral clout of the business-friendly caucus leaders as they try to protect Tennessee incumbents from constitution-focused Tea Party conservative challengers.

“While Susan Lynn is one of my very best friends I’ve ever had, I know that my job as leader, when I was elected by the caucus, is to help the incumbents. It’s not a comfortable thing for me at all,” said House GOP Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, who was known to socialize with Lynn when they served as seat-mates in the Legislature together. “I know Susan would understand if she was in the caucus still. She would expect me to support her just as we are doing with Linda Elam.”

Aside from calling themselves Mt. Juliet conservatives seeking “re-election,” Elam and Lynn offer voters significant differences in style and background.

Lynn won her first House election in 2002, in the aftermath of the state income tax battles in the Legislature. She made a name for herself championing limited-government constitutionalism and state sovereignty issues. Some of her most well-known bills sought to restrict the effect of Obamacare on Tennesseans, ban the government from implanting microchips in individuals against a person’s will, and requiring those on public assistance to submit to random drug tests, a measure which won approval in a different fashion this year.

After lots of hand-wringing, she ultimately chose to vacate her House seat in 2010 and run for the state Senate against her ideological analog and political archrival, Republican Sen. Mae Beavers, who decided three weeks before the filing deadline to drop out of the Wilson County mayor’s race and run for re-election. Beavers handily beat Lynn in the primary election 48 percent to 42 percent.

While Beavers and Lynn share a notoriously combative history with one another, Beavers wouldn’t say whether she plans to help Elam defeat Lynn in this year’s primary. “I’m not having to run an election, I’m not going to be drawn into one,” she told TNReport, adding, “I don’t have to discuss this.”

Elam, who has teamed up with Beavers on several issues, says she prefers to work behind the scenes instead of filing “scurrilous bills” or acting like a “media hound.”

It is unusual for Elam to take up the mic and launch into an impassioned speech on the House floor, and she’s rarely seen giving interviews to reporters. She says her proudest moment in the Legislature these past two years was when she delayed a vote on a bill she felt didn’t go far enough in policing judicial ethics, which bought time for Beavers and others to come up with a compromise.

Elam also sponsored a resolution urging Congress to revert to the original interpretation of the Commerce Clause, which Beavers carried in the Senate, and convinced lawmakers to edit a proposed law changing pain care management regulations. The General Assembly passed both measures.

“Some people would prefer to get in front of TV cameras and go wave signs and make wild accusations and things like that rather than the hard work it takes to be a responsible legislator,” Elam said.

Elam points out that she brings a “professional, level-headed, hard-working, sensible, collegial work environment to the Capitol,” painting Lynn as something of a drama queen.

“I think that’s absolutely foolish,” said Lynn.

If anyone has drama, it’s Elam, she says, pointing to the representative’s “tumultuous” tenure as mayor, which included a handful of lawsuits and a fight over whether she should serve as both mayor and state legislator at the same time.

The 57th District now sits on the north and west sides of Wilson County and no longer includes parts of Sumner County since this year’s legislative redistricting. Voter turnout for Lynn was strong in Sumner whereas Elam squeaked by.

In the new area, Lynn garnered 58 percent of the vote against Beavers two years ago. When Elam ran, she won 38 percent of votes in a three-way race for the seat.

Lynn’s New Job: Talk Radio Show Host

Press Release from former Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet; Sept. 1, 2011: 

Nashville – Former State Representative Susan Lynn will announce this morning at 9am that she will be hosting her own radio program on 880 am The Big Mouth starting Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2011.

Her announcement will take place on the Big Joe Show, 880am, The Big Mouth.

The conservative lawmaker from Wilson County will host Let’s Save America – a reference to her grassroots beliefs that the people should and can be an active force in the affairs of their government.  She will review state and national issues and provide her constitutional perspective combined with her well known support of free enterprise and Austrian economics.

The show’s web site will contain full content when it starts on Monday morning – the address is : www.susanlynn.net.

Lynn Vows to Fight Changes to Public Notice Requirements

Press Release from Education Public Policy Consulting, Former Republican Rep. Susan Lynn of Mt. Juliet; March 27, 2011:

Public Notice Bill Panned by Former Colleague

Senate Bill 115 by Senator Stacey Campfield is being met with objections from EPPC, a non-profit public policy organization in Tennessee. The bill, which sets up a pilot project that would cause publication of public notices to cease in Knox County and instead place them on a website, is slated to be heard on Tuesday in the State and Local Government Committee of the state Senate.

Former State Representative Susan Lynn is now leading EPPC. Lynn was in the House with the bill’s sponsor and says although she thinks a lot of Senator Stacey Campfield, “This is an imprudent way to try to save a little public money.” “Most people don’t consider it a waste for the government to make a public announcement about an upcoming election, Constitutional Amendment, proposed tax increases, a zoning change or annexation – such announcements protect our rights.” said Lynn.

Lynn feels the stated premise of the bill is a red herring because the government doesn’t need permission to put public notices up on a website but that the real goal is to cease the publication out in the community. Lynn, an economist, considers herself a staunch defender of open government. She says that her organization has to speak up and alert Tennesseans to the unintended consequences of such a policy change. “We can’t just think about the immediate effects of a policy, saving a little money in a tight budget year, but we must consider the end effects of any act or policy – in this case, a less informed citizenry because too few will ever seek to browse through mundane public notices on a website, and many Tennesseans still have no Internet access.” Lynn further explained “the state policy of publishing public notices is built upon an important principle behind our Constitution and state law – that is, if the government intends to take some action that will limit or change our rights, or that may take our property, then government must go out and seek to provide public notice to the community.” Lynn adds that inside the halls of government has never been enough to constitute public notice so a website, which is passive and controlled by the government, should not count.

Lynn’s organization is opposed to Campfield’s bill and some ten other similar proposals. One measure would end the requirement for publication of the sample ballot 5 days before an election. Other measures would cease publication of eminent domain takings.

“I can almost hear the politicians now meeting the taxpayers anger with scornful blame because the taxpayers didn’t dutifully check a government website to see if their taxes were about to be raised or if an important meeting was to be held.” stated Lynn. “EPPC’s position is that public notice is not a trivial expense to be done away with in lean budget years but rather it is an essential price of democracy.”

Concerned Tennesseans can contact the Tennessee State Senate’s State and Local Government Committee Members at www.capitol.tn.gov or you can find more information on EPPC’s website www.publicnoticetn.com.

Susan Lynn was state representative in the 57th House district from 2002-2010. She is leading EPPC – Education, Public Policy Consulting, a 501 (c)3. For more information visit www.publicnoticetn.com.

School of Bloc

The Tennessee Tea Party says it’s looking to shift its agenda in the state Legislature this year from reactive to proactive.

The group is offering classes for citizen activists on how best to contact lawmakers, track legislation and deal with the media, with its first session for about 100 activists held over the weekend at a hotel in Nashville.

“It’s all about arming the people with the proper tools to be activists,” said TTP Director Robert Kilmarx.

Tea partiers enjoyed some apparent success at the ballot box with last fall’s Republican gains in the statehouse. But now Kilmarx says they’re looking to expand their clout by actually influencing legislation and policy discourse.

“Obviously, we’re totally changing the dynamic,” Kilmarx said. “Whereas before we were protesting and sending e-mails, and everything was just kind of confrontational – responding to what was being thrown at us – now we’re building relationships with legislators, and we want to be working on crafting legislation and influencing legislation through lobbying efforts on the Hill.”

Speakers at the “Legislature 101” training advised participants on everything from the need to turn off the radio to avoid feedback when phoning a call-in show to the importance of refraining from impolitic gestures and angry outbursts — like threatening a lawmaker’s seat if he or she refuses to cast the desired vote. A general rule of thumb in the realm of legislative political advocacy, said event organizers, is if you can’t make a friend, at least don’t make an enemy.

Former state Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, gave an overview of the legislative process: how the committee system works, roles within party caucuses and how to track bills on the Legislature’s website. She says acquainting tea partiers with the Legislature will be key to expanding the movement’s political influence.

“Their legislature and the way it functions is virtually a stranger to them,” she said. “They don’t know a lot about the way it functions.”

Attendee Pat Bugg said she got up at 5 a.m. to drive in from Crossville for the conference. Bugg is particularly concerned with cultivating a positive image for tea partiers, who she feels are misrepresented as “angry” and “mean.”

“I want to make sure that we don’t do anything at all that would make people perceive that about us,” Bugg said. “We want to know how to do things legally. We want to know how to do things the right way.”

With no leading body to enforce a top-down agenda, occasional rifts within the tea party movement over philosophy, strategy, priorities or tactics are seen as inevitable.

“It happens, it’s happened, it’s going to happen more,” said Kilmarx. “I think a strength of the tea party movement is it doesn’t have a single leader. There’s not a single face that is a spokesman, so it’s a marketplace of ideas.”

Kilmarx says the groups typically share similar core goals. Several people attending Saturday’s “Legislature 101” class, aimed at giving participants the tools to influence legislation, mentioned Christian and family values. But Kilmarx says he sees some tension between such views and tea partiers who are gay, for example.

But Bugg said the potentially divisive cultural or social issues don’t seem nearly as important to most tea party activists as fiscal restraint and limiting government to essential functions.

“It has nothing to do with gay, and it has nothing to do with abortion,” Bugg said. “It has to do with the Constitution and (making politicians) stop spending money. And I think all that other stuff just messes it up.”

Stepping up the tea party’s post-election civic involvement and political influence hinges on expanding communication and public outreach, Bugg said, especially via the Internet.

But she also doesn’t want the tea party to become too organized. A loose structure is what makes the movement work, she said.

“I don’t want someone telling me I have to be somewhere on a certain day,” she said. “What has happened in the past is somebody says, ‘I think this is a good idea. We’re going to show up here at this time. Come join us if you can.’ And people show up.”

A “Legislature 102” session as well as a version focused on local governments are in the works, said tea party organizers.

Guv Appoints 100 New Members to State Boards, Commissions

With less than two months before stepping down as the state’s chief executive officer, Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed 100 people to state boards and commissions, leaving a lasting fingerprint on the makeup of many of the state’s occupational governing bodies and policy advisory committees.

Bredesen, a Democrat, will be termed out of office on Jan. 15, 2011. He will be replaced by Republican Bill Haslam, who is just finishing up his second term as mayor of Knoxville.

One of a governor’s duties is to appoint individuals to more than 150 state boards and commissions, ranging from the Board of Athletic Directors and the Drycleaner Environmental Response Board to the Homeland Security Council and the state Ethics Commission.

“Gov. Bredesen has always taken these appointments very seriously and filling vacancies enables boards and commissions to continue their work and service to (the) state,” said a spokeswoman.

Bredesen’s appointments are sending people to sit on 34 different boards and commissions, many of which have not met for several months, according to a TNReport review of the state’s online calendar.

Haslam isn’t particularly bothered that board and commission slots were filled before he had a chance to make appointments himself. “There’s only one governor at a time,” said David Smith, a spokesman for the governor-elect. Bredesen is just doing his job, he added.

It’s too early to tell whether Bredesen’s new appointees — whose opinions and priorities  may differ from those of the new administration — will in any way hamper or cause problems for the new administration, says former state Rep. Susan Lynn, who chaired the Government Operations Committee that reviewed occupational and professional board renewal requests. Lynn has herself been mentioned as a prospect to join the new administration in some capacity.

“It’s just hard to say,” she said. “It’s an enormous job to find people who are qualified to serve on these boards.”

“These positions come open all the time,” she added.

Appointment terms vary based on statutory recommendations or term limits specified by geographic or other qualifications. The governor’s appointments are as follows:

Barber Board of Examiners

Ralph S. Payne, Springville

Board for Licensing Alarm Systems Contractors

Karen Denise Jones, Limestone

McKenzie C. “Ken” Roberts, McMinnville

Board for Licensing Contractors

Cindi Gresham DeBusk, Knoxville

William E. Mason, Greenbrier

Board of Athletic Trainers

Monroe J. Abram, Antioch

Joseph T. Erdeljac, Cookeville

Walter S. Fitzpatrick, III, Cookeville

Cliff E. Pawley, Humboldt

Kurt P. Spindler, Franklin

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

W.T. Patterson, Camden

Commission on Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education

Mark J. Finucane, Johnson City

Drycleaner Environmental Response Board

Cullen Earnest, Nashville

Education Commission of the States

Bruce Opie, Nashville

Patrick Smith, Ashland City

Energy Efficient Schools Council

Carolyn P. Bowers, Clarksville

Goodwyn Institute

Suki Carson, Memphis

Governor’s Advisory Committee on Equal and Fair Employment Opportunity

Jacky Akbari, Franklin

Governor’s Citizens Corps Advisory Committee

Faye G. Morse, Liberty

Michael F. Nesbitt, Carthage

Joseph C. “Joe” Palmer, Cottontown

Homeland Security Council

William L. “Bill” Brown, Greeneville

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council

Virginia “Happy” Birdsong, Madison

Marjorie J. “Marge” Davis, Mount Juliet

Sandra S. Ennis, Tullahoma

Jack O. Horner, Talbott

Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board

Steven E. “Steve” Elkins, Nashville

Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee

Bryan P. Hughes, Woodbury

Roxanne M. Valentino, Hendersonville

State Textbook Commission

Lois E. Coles, Brentwood

Robert W. Greene, Decatur

Donald Lanier Hopper, Middleton

Brian K. Tate, Church Hill

Robert M. Stidham, Church Hill

Edith G. Williams, Stanton

Statewide Independent Living Council

Robert L. Leonard, McKenzie

Anthony D. Sledge, Memphis

Tennessee Community Services Agency Board of Directors

Joe D. Barlow, Gainesboro

Lisa R. Bell, Camden

Peggy Collins, Lewisburg

Terry E. Crutcher, Dover

Pamela W. Edgemon, Cleveland

Kathleen J. Garrison, Spring City

Billy Joe Glover, Selmer

Pamela J. Harris, Jonesborough

John A. Hewgley, South Pittsburg

Regina L. Mason, Livingston

John R. Prince, Trenton

Ronald W. Shirey, Jr., Lynnville

Peggy K. Smotherman, Clifton

Martha Beaty Wiley, Allardt

Linda F. Williams, Fayetteville

Tennessee Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision

Stephen G. Young, Nashville

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Norris L. Branick, Jackson

Tina Ann Burcham, Counce

Alexander N. Santana, Antioch

Steven Z. Sheegog, Memphis

Joyce Elaine Sievers, Smithville

Tennessee Duck River Development Agency

William Lee Brown, Manchester

Eslick E. Daniel, Williamsport

Robert S. Finney, Shelbyville

Olen Lee Morrison, Lewisburg

Paul Myatt, Bon Aqua

Thomas H. Peebles, Nashville

Betty Superstein, Manchester

Barbara A. Woods, Lewisburg

Tennessee Ethics Commission

Frank E. Barnett, Knoxville

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Jon M. Kinsey, Chattanooga

Tennessee Historical Commission

John Charles Trotter, Knoxville

Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board

Jami C. Awalt, Nashville

Rebecca Conard, Murfreesboro

Jackie L. Glenn, Maryville

Jill Kay Hastings-Johnson, Clarksville

Mary McCoy Helms, Chattanooga

Wayne C. Moore, Madison

Richard L. Saunders, Martin

Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Mary Chatman, Springfield

Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board

Kathleen M. Kenwright, Cordova

Jerry L. Miller, Kingsport

Thomas F. O’Brien, Jr., Munford

Tennessee Private Investigation & Polygraph Commission

Walter Valentine, Brentwood

Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Advisory Council

David Sevier, Murfreesboro

Belinda G. Watkins, Collierville

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

Nancy L. Badger, Chattanooga

Kathy A. Benedetto, Johnson City

Roberta “Renee” Brown, Memphis

Anna Lynn Shugart, Maryville

Jacqueline Anne Stamps, Algood

Shelia R. Ward, Jackson

Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council

Linda W. Copas, Nashville

Avis Easley, Antioch

Frank R. Meeuwis, Madison

Kathy Rouse, Morristown

Utility Management Review Board

Charlie C. Anderson, Kingsport

Volunteer Tennessee Commission

Laurel Leigh Creech, Nashville

Jonathan P. Farmer, Nashville

Carol L. Gaudino, Memphis

Julie C. Hembree, Knoxville

Emily Ann Jones, Knoxville

James H. Kilgore, Jr., Greeneville