I am trying to understand the concept behind substitute legislators. According to the news, Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis has introduced a bill which would authorize a state senator or house member to be able to appoint someone to take his or her place if that legislator is ill and is to miss some of the legislative session. Is that the idea? What if the legislator is in a coma? I don't think it would work in that case. If this becomes law, perhaps a better idea would be to have the local government appoint a substitute, similar to the way they just handled State Sen. Jerry Cooper's replacement, who will serve until the next election.
We could have a "Legislator for a Day", with a different person there each day. Maybe a "Legislator for a Week" would be better. It would give the substitute time to study up on government and attempt to learn what they are doing with our tax dollars. Then again, a week is not sufficient time to grasp everything.
I think I'll contact Jim Tracy and Curt Cobb and tell them I am interested. If one of them feels a headache coming on, he could just send me right to Capitol Hill. I have an ulterior motive. I want to move from my retirement system right over to the one for legislators. The legislative and judicial systems are much better than mine. I will sound like a little child on the playground or perhaps a prospective bride on "The Bachelor" as I shout "Pick me! Pick me!"