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How well do you know the General Assembly?

January 7th, 2013 9:05 am by Robert Houk

With Tennessee lawmakers returning to work this week, I thought it might be a good time for another one of my delightful quizzes on local and state government. Today I invite you to test your knowledge of the state General Assembly.

1) In accordance to the state Constitution, the108th Tennessee General Assembly will officially begin:
A. At noon on the second Tuesday of January.
B. At midnight on the first full moon of the month.
C. At 3 p.m. on Jan. 14.
D. Whenever the governor decides it is time.

2) Also as stipulated by the state Constitution, members of the General Assembly are required to:
A. Sing the first verse of “The Tennessee Waltz” before each committee meeting.
B. Pass a balanced state budget.
C. Consider the clemency pleas of moonshiners.
D. Listen carefully to the wisdom of lobbyists.

3) Who is now the senior member of Northeast Tennessee’s delegation to the General Assembly?
A. Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol.
B. Rep. Kent Williams, an independent from Elizabethton.
C. Sen. Dewey “Rusty” Crowe, R-Johnson City.
D. Rep. Matthew “Boss” Hill, R-Jonesborough.

4) The new General Assembly will include the following two freshmen from Northeast Tennessee:
A. Rep. John Fiddle and Sen. Dave Faddle
B. Sens. Bill Fricke and Stephen Frack
C. Reps. Mike Rutherford and John Rambo
D. Reps. Micah Van Huss and Timothy Hill

5) Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey earned his lofty title by being:
A. Elected speaker of the Senate by his colleagues.
B. Nattily dressed.
C. A top campaign fundraiser for his party.
D. A gifted orator.

6) The General Assembly is made up of:
A. Retirees and the self-employed.
B. Ninety-nine members of the House and 33 senators.
C. A senate of 40 members and a House with 70 representatives.
D. Members with courage and dedication.

7) Members of the General Assembly are paid an annual salary of:
A. All the free lunches they can eat.
B. More than $111,000.
C. $20,203.
D. Tickets to all UT football games.

Extra Credit — The General Assembly is the only governing body in Tennessee exempt from:
A. Paying federal payroll taxes.
B. Obeying Interstate speed limits.
C. Following state hunting regulations.
D. Abiding by the state’s Sunshine Law.

Answers: 1) A; 2) B; 3) C; 4) D; 5) A; 6) B; 7) C; Extra Credit, D.

Robert Houk is Opinion page editor for the Johnson City Press. He can be reached at rhouk@johnsoncitypress.com.

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