Not in a good mood right now.
As many of you know one of my top achievements for the year was in defunding Planned Parenthood. It started in health committee. We took weeks to get the wording to a budget amendment right where the goal of defunding Planned Parenthood would be achieved without a change in the law but as part of the budget. We passed it and our wording became part of the budget.
By chance (and some backup checking by Tennessee right to life) it was discovered the day before the budget was to be voted on that somewhere between health committee and the budget presentation someone added in wording to the amendment that made it much more questionable. The Lt. Governor was against it, the health committee chair did not like it, I didn't like it and Tennessee right to life definitely didn't like it. Everyone thought it made the amendment much more changeable in court. No one liked the change nor could figure out where it came from.
It just appeared.
I had a budget amendment prepared to strike out the offensive wording but the morning of the budget presentation Ramsey's staff came over and showed me where they had legal fix the wording back to its original form.
All was right with the world. I dropped my amendment and the budget passed without a blip.
I got a call from Tom Humphrey tonight saying Rich Locker (another reporter) found where someone stuck the offensive wording (referring directly to the planned parenthood amendment) back in the budget again. Not where it was the first time before the original language but later in the budget at the very end, buried in some technical language.
Obviously it was done intentionally.
This is still developing but it does not look good. While I do not have power over who the legal staff is, if I found out who did it I would probably have two question for them.
"Who directed you to do this?" and if I found they did it on their own I would ask "How long have you worked here, not including today?"