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April 4, 2013

Bill linking Tennessee lawmaker pay to school progress advances

A House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would tie the paychecks of Tennessee lawmakers to the performance of schools in their districts. The House Health Committee voted 10-8 in favor of the measure. The bill would cut the pay of state lawmakers who have poorly performing schools in their districts by up to 30 percent. Opponents said the legislation would hurt lawmakers already struggling to make ends meet. "This bill would put such unfair pressure on lawmakers," said state Rep. Mike Turner, D-Nashville. "It's just mean spirited." Supporters argued the bill would force lawmakers to take responsibility for the people who live in their districts. "What I keep hearing from voters is that we need to do whatever we can to make lawmakers more accountable," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah. "This bill does just that."

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