published Monday, February 25th, 2013

House votes to keep Brown on TWRA board

NASHVILLE — In stark contrast to the Senate, the House voted 92-3 Monday night to confirm embattled Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission member William “Chink” Brown’s nomination to serve a final two years on the panel.

The bill was presented by Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, with Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, and Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, standing beside him.

There was no discussion on the bill, which stalled in the Senate last week after Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, bumped the companion confirmation bill from a package of bills.

Gardenhire has said he wouldn’t vote for Brown for reasons he won’t specify. But he said other senators told him they opposed Gov. Bill Haslam’s nomination of Brown to serve a final two years on the reconfigured panel, which oversees the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The Senate bill has been re-referred to the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, where Gardenhire says it doesn’t have support to get out.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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