Traffic camera bill survives Holt's jolt

Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, participates in a House debate on a bill to extend in-state tuition to non-citizen students who are lawfully present in the United States in Nashville on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

NASHVILLE -- For most of this year's legislative session, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, have worked together on a bill aimed at local governments' use of automatic traffic cameras.

Consider the partnership severed, thanks to Holt's work to sabotage Gardenhire's bill granting in-state tuition rates to some undocumented Tennessee students to attend public colleges.

The tuition equality bill passed the Senate last week but failed by one vote in the House on Wednesday, with Holt voting no. Inside the chamber watching the debate -- and Holt -- was Gardenhire.

Upset over Holt's vote, Gardenhire returned to the Senate where he began an effort to recall the traffic camera bill, which had already passed the Senate and was awaiting House action.