Minority Contract Issue Keeps State Legislature in Session

State lawmakers may have passed a budget, but disagreement over minority contracts in Tennessee is keeping them from adjourning for the year.

At issue is a house amendment that says Tennessee has to make more of an effort to see that minority and female-owned businesses get a bigger share of state contracts.

During the house debate last week, Knoxville Republican Stacey Campfield said any such provision would give an unfair advantage to some rather than making the state’s contract procedures fairer. House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Turner disagreed, but tried to break up the serious tone of the discussion.

CAMPFIELD: “If all things are equal, if all things are equal…”
TURNER: “All things are not equal, Rep. Campfield.”
CAMPFIELD: “Ok, how are they not equal? Please tell me how they’re not equal.”
TURNER: “I’m tall and good looking. You’re not. That’s one thing that’s not equal.”

The Senate takes up the amendment Wednesday, clearing the way for the budget to go into effect July 1.

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