Rep. Bud Hulsey filed the petition for remonstrance in the state general assembly because he sees in John Gentry’s efforts an effort to regain control of the state judicary, whose members often stray, he indicates.
By David Tulis / 92.7 NoogaRadio
“In order to file this petition, it had to be done, it had to be filed by a legislator in the house,” says Mr. Hulsey, of Kingsport. “So [Mr. Gentry] came to me and asked me if I would file it on his behalf, and I said, ‘Yeah.’ There are some things in there that I’m interested in.”
Judges should be under the oversight of the house of representatives, Rep. Hulsey says. In 1973 the legislature “abdicated that responsibility to an oversight committee. We have erred from what our state constitution says we are supposed to do.”
“There is nothing heroic about what I did. All I did was file it on his behalf. He’s the one who did all the work on this. And the second thing, I’m not against lawyers and judges. We need ’em. I am for the constitution. That’s where I want to rest, and that is the kind of thing I’m interested in.”
He said he has read “many many pages of it but I have not digested all of it.”