Payback Time for Hill?

State Rep. Mathew Hill, R-Jonesborough, committed a cardinal sin last session. He agreed to vote for a bill favored by the speakers of both houses of the legislature but changed his mind at the last minute and scuttled it.

It was the wine-in-grocery stores bill.

Hill, a religious broadcaster, now has an opponent in the Republican primary, and most political observers do not think it is a coincidence. His district includes Washington County, and he is being opposed by former Johnson City Commissioner Phil Carriger, who cites his business experience. Hill’s district is also near the headquarters of Food City, in Abingdon, Va., one of the lead lobbying firms for the wine-in-grocery stores bill. His district is also adjacent to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s Senate district; Ramsey had promised that the bill would pass last session.

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wataugariver writes:

The Tennessee "Wine in Grocery Stores" bill as a petty political paybacl ploy by Rep. Matthew Hill against Rep. Jon Lundberg --- even if the legislation were to be enacted in 2014, it would be perhaps as late as 2016 before Tennessee municipal citizens would be able to vote on any local ballot referendum question pertaining to the sale of wine in Tennessee grocery and convenience stores, thanks to Rep. Matthew Hill.

YouTube - TNGA Reps. M. Hill-Micah Van Huss Anti-UN Whine Bill: HB0589

Tennessee General Assembly (TNGA) House Rep. Micah Van Huss (R, Jonesborugh) on March 7, 2013 presenting his HB0589 legislation seeking to somehow prevent United Nations observers from monitoring Tennessee elections before the TNGA House Calendar and Rules Committee chaired by Rep. Bill Dunn (R, Knoxville).

Rep. Matthew Hill (R- Jonesborough; chairman of the full TNGA House Local Government Committee) voted yes for HB0610 (a TNGA bill popularly referred to as the Tennessee "Wine in Grocery Stores" Bill) on March 6, 2013 --- just one day before Rep. Jon Lundberg (R, Bristol) would be successful in routing HB0589 by Rep. Micah Van Huss back into Rep. Lundberg's own Civil Justice Subcommittee where Van Huss' anti-United Nations bill fail would later fail on constitutional grounds on March 26, 2013.

Chairman Matthew Hill killed the HB0610 on March 12, 2013 with his own vote after Lundberg's Tennessee Wine in Grocery Stores bill was presented as the last item of the agenda before Rep. Hill's Local Government Committee. HB0610 failed with a widely unexpected 7-8 vote.

Rep. Lundberg was denied the "common courtesy" and long-standing Tennessee General Assembly practice of rolling HB0610 forward on Chairman Matthew Hill's committee calendar for one week.

The Van Huss HB0589 anti-United Nations legislation as imagined by both Reps. Micah Van Huss and Matthew Hill somehow prohibit representatives of the United Nations from monitoring Tennessee elections.

Freshman legislator Rep. Van Huss is a long-time friend and legislative ward of Rep. Matthew Hill.

wataugariver writes:

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey's son-in-law, Dustin Goforth is also a lobbyist for the Red, White, and Wine PAC that has been pushing for the Wine in Grocery Stores bill.

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