The public has been in an uproar over it. The governor’s
office has demanded it. But when this year’s legislative session ends, state
lawmakers still probably won’t have approved any bills to prevent corruption
within the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The House Transportation Committee Chairman, Rep. Phillip
Pinion, D-Union City, has asked that two bills that would tighten the reins on
corruption within the patrol be put on hold for one year. According to Pinion,
the move would give Gov. Phil Bredesen additional time to fix problems within
the administration without legislation.
If they were to pass, the bills would place restrictions on
the patrol’s promotions system, as well as officers’ ability to give political
With the bills stalled in the House – and with questionable
support in the Senate – no laws are expected to be passed during this
legislative session, Nashville newspaper The Tennessean reported.
The patrol was embroiled in controversy after dozens of
incidents began to emerge from Tennessee’s state and local police forces, most
of which stem from an ongoing investigation by The Tennessean. The
newspaper has uncovered allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to
high-level cronyism throughout the state’s police force and various levels of