Tn House Speaker Naifeh kills English only for drivers license tests

21 03 2007

Cross Posted from Bear Creek Ledger

The Tennessee House has some strange rules. Apparently, the Speaker of the House is allowed to cast a vote on any House committee. When the committee vote for a bill which required driver’s license tests to be given in English only and would have allowed State Troopers to be trained on enforcing immigration laws the subcommittee had a vote of 6 (in favor) and 5 (against). So Naifeh came in and cast a no vote for a tie so the bill failed.

From The Tennessean:

Legislation that would have required driver’s license tests to be given only in English and allowed state troopers to begin enforcing immigration laws were killed Tuesday in a House subcommittee.House Transportation Chairman Phillip Pinion urged members of the Public Safety and Rural Roads Subcommittee to vote against the license testing measure.

“Let’s get rid of our redneck image and go back to saying we want people to come here,” said Pinion, D-Union City.

Rep. Tom DuBois, R-Columbia, who sponsored the bill, said he is concerned that non-English speakers won’t know how to read traffic signs that are only in English.

The measure failed on a 6-6 vote, with House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh casting the deciding vote against the bill.

“I think it was a bad bill and I’m glad we held it in committee,” said Naifeh, D-Covington. “Anytime I get the opportunity I’ll vote ‘no’ on it.”

Gov. Phil Bredesen had said he would have considered vetoing the English-only bill if it had passed the Legislature.

Looks like Naifeh, Bredesen and the head of Tn Transportation think it’s redneck to speak English or to enforce Immigration laws. Does that mean that people in Northern states who want the same laws are also “redneck”? Course Bredesen has also noted that it’s just un-American to pass English only laws.

Course all of this is pretty laughable considering Jimmy Naifeh is the Boss Hogg of Tennessee politics. Talk about the good old boy redneck network – that’s what Boss Hogg Naifeh (D-Covington) runs in the Tennessee House.

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