‘Unconstitutional’ Ford replacement bill withdrawn from Senate

On January 24, 2008, in News 2008, by Mark Norris

By John Rodgers, NashvilleCityPaper.com January 24, 2008 Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle withdrew legislation today – spurred by the repeated absences of Sen. Ophelia Ford – that would have allowed for a legislator to pick his or her own temporary replacement. Kyle (D-Memphis) withdrew the bill after Attorney General Bob Cooper opined that it was […]

By John Rodgers, NashvilleCityPaper.com
January 24, 2008

Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle withdrew legislation today – spurred by the repeated absences of Sen. Ophelia Ford – that would have allowed for a legislator to pick his or her own temporary replacement.

Kyle (D-Memphis) withdrew the bill after Attorney General Bob Cooper opined that it was unconstitutional.

“I trust the attorney general’s opinion,” Kyle said. “So I withdrew the bill.”

Going forward, Kyle said his focus is on Ford’s (D-Memphis) health and he does not have any follow-up efforts to find a way for Ford to be temporarily replaced.

“There are no follow-up efforts I know to do,” Kyle said.

Republicans were not shocked that the Ford replacement bill was declared unconstitutional.

“What a surprise,” said Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville).

Ford has been absent with an undisclosed illness for weeks.

Senate speaker and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) said today that he plans to send a letter to Ford’s attorney early next week asking for an explanation for her absences.