Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hearing On Lawsuit Postponed Again

A hearing to determine whether Putnam County or the state of Tennessee is ultimately responsible for paying the legal bills of the county's Election Commission has been postponed once again. Election Commission chairman Terry Herrin said a hearing on the Chancery Court lawsuit that seeks to resolve that question was supposed to be held this month, but has now been put off until April 14th to accommodate the schedule of the special judge who was called in to hear the matter after the local judges recused themselves. Putnam County is arguing that because Election Commission members are considered state employees, then the state of Tennessee should pay the bill. The state says the law requires counties to pay. Herrin told members of the county election commission on Tuesday that the bill so far has reached $113,000.