Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fincher Comments on Legislation

Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville says he has passed a bill that should protect people from being unfairly dropped from the TennCare rolls, while at the same time fighting fraud in the system. He says he was surprised by the opposition to the bill he received from the Bureau of TennCare, saying the point is to fight fraud and to make sure illegal immigrants are not getting illegal benefits. Meanwhile, a proposal to give judges the power to admit evidence seized in improper police searches has failed in the House Judiciary Committee. The panel deadlocked on a 6-6 vote on the measure on Tuesday, with Fincher saying the proposal would run afoul of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which he says is designed to "keep overzealous law enforcement from kicking people's doors down to see if they're doing anything wrong."