Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Taxpayers will continue to pay for Healthcare

for lawmakers who have abused their power and committed a felony related to their office. This ought to make taxpayers very "happy."


NASHVILLE - A proposal to deny convicted lawmakers of health insurance benefits has likely been killed for the year by a Democratic-controlled House committee.

The House Calendar Committee on Tuesday sent the measure sponsored by Rep. Charles Curtiss, a Sparta Democrat, back to the Judiciary Committee - a panel that has closed for the year.

The bill sought to apply to lawmakers or governors convicted of felonies related to their official duties.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously last month.

Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican and main sponsor of the Senate version, said the measure was designed as a companion to an existing law that strips convicted lawmakers of their pensions.