Aside from Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) at least one other legislator is publicly calling for full disclosure in the Amendment-gate affair:
"I'm not implicating anyone," Shipley said Friday, "but this whole affair points to a serious danger to our system of government. As legislators, we rely on being able to trust that what we are told legislation does is what it will do, and this raises the question about whether or not we as legislators or the public can have that trust. Clearly a major change was made to the budget amendment and most legislators did not have knowledge about that change when we voted on it."
Shipley said that the reason House Leadership must disclose everything that they have come to know about who is responsible for changing the wording of the amendment is because the public needs to know that they can trust their legislative leaders to be transparent. "Republicans ran on the idea that things were going to be done differently than they were when the Democrats ran the Legislature, so we need to know who knew what and who did what," said Shipley, "this has the appearance of a class E felony, and at least it may call for a censure, and at most it may call for the impeachment of a responsible person or persons. This subverts our legislative intent as the General Assembly, which was clearly to defund Planned Parenthood in the State budget."
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