Tennessee House votes to keep William Brown

Tennessee House votes to keep William Brown

February 26th, 2013 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

The Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

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Tennessee House Republican Leader Gerald McCormick

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Tennessee state representative Richard Floyd

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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.

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.