After viewing the video on HB3065 I'm wondering what the real objection is. I suspect the bill, which simply states:
to support or oppose any referendum in this state.
is a problem for Chamber of Commerce's because they want that lobbying money. The question that seemed to derail the effort was about funds given by governments to support other Chamber work. Could taxpayer funds given to Chambers for one thing be deemed a violation of this law? We'll leave the discussion about the appropriateness of that action for another time. The fact is that other organizations and entities have no problem fulfilling the mandates they have to keep designated funds separate. Every law firm in town knows not to co-mingle funds. Every church in town understands that money's designated for specific purposes must be carefully accounted for. Even Planned Parenthood understands that in order to play their financial shell game they've got to keep the money they get from government separate from the money that actually performs abortions. Why is this separation of funds too hard for the businessmen at the Chamber of Commerce?
Rep. Campfield's bill makes sense. When the citizens of this county got together to force a vote on the Music City Center we had to fight against the city's use of our tax dollars to persuade fellow citizens to vote for it. The ability of the city to use OUR wallets to put us in debt and take more money from OUR wallets is a conflict of interest that must be eliminated.
If that inconveniences the Chamber of Commerces...well tough nuggies.
HB3065 is scheduled for the State and Local Government Committee's Election sub-committee on Tuesday.