The push to close primaries in Tennessee is dead for the year, a legislative source says.
SB 0772 aims to require a voter to declare a statewide political party affiliation before voting in a primary. That bill was assigned March 20 to the Senate’s General Subcommittee of the State and Local Government Committee.
However, Pamela McCary, legislative assistant to State Rep. Tim Wirgau, said on March 21 that it has not been moved onto the calendar in the House, so that chamber cannot take action on it this year. Wirgau, R-Buchanan, is chairman of the Local Government Committee in the House.
There has been a lot of “buzz” on the topic for some reason, despite the status in the House, she said.
The House bill number is HB 0887.
Also on March 21, the main sponsor of the House bill changed from Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cookeville, to Rep. Tilman Goins, R-Morristown. Williams is still a co-sponsor.
State Sen. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, is the Senate sponsor.