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Public attends annual breakfast with legislators

By David Walter
On Friday, May 3 legislators and citizens came together for breakfast at the Johnson County Health Department in Mountain City. The reception began with a prayer and then breakfast provided by Hardees. Tom Reece, President of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, led the morning’s meeting.
Reece introduced the first speaker to the podium, Congressman Phil Roe. Roe began by thanking the local and state representatives in attendance. “We have great representation in Nashville,” said Roe. Congressman Roe expressed his concern over the many issues in Washington. He discussed legislation surrounding immigration, economic recovery, and jobs.
Congressman Roe discussed his position on healthcare reform and the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act. “We did and we do need healthcare reform, but it was the most complicated piece of legislation,” said Roe. The congressman also highlighted his experience with recent gun control legislation. Roe, who cosponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, gave his unquestionable support for Second Amendment rights. “I don’t think you’ll see any further activity,” said Roe.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was also in attendance. Ramsey spoke on several issues including his opposition to the Scenic Vistas Protection Act. He highlighted his sponsorship for the “Guns in Cars Act” and his support for the “Ag-Gag Bill,” a bill criminalizing videotaping or photographing livestock abuse without turning it into authorities within 48 hours. He was especially adamant about the April 19 adjournment of lawmakers in Nashville. This has been the earliest that the general assembly has finished since 1990. “The sooner we come home, the sooner you can let go of your pocketbooks,” said Ramsey. The Lieutenant Governor also relayed a story about a recent visit to see Governor Rick Perry in Texas. Ramsey said that during his visit, he mentioned to Perry a recent study by George Mason University that lists Tennessee as the third freest state in the United States. Ramsey jovially informed the crowd that he was excited to tell Perry Tennessee was the freest state that anyone lived in.
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