Finney survey on ’08 state issues now ready online

State Senator Raymond Finney (R-Maryville), who represents Blount and Sevier counties, has prepared his Constituent Preference Survey for 2008, and it is now available for public response through his Internet web site.

“More than 2,500 constituents responded to my 2007 survey,” said Finney. “I hope even more will respond to this year’s survey. My staff tabulates every response. I personally read every written comment added to the surveys. These surveys provide an excellent cross section of my district’s views on several controversial topics. The more I hear from constituents, the better I can serve them.”

The format for the 2008 survey is different from the format used in previous years. Senator Finney has written brief background summaries about certain issues, and then asks questions about these issues.

Finney said the comments written on past surveys have led to the introduction and passage of state law.

“Some of the comments are written on many pages, but almost all comments are carefully written, thoughtful, and often helpful,” said Finney. “I have actually written and passed some bills that came to me through these written comments. Citizens who live under the laws we pass in Nashville are often the best resources for laws that need to be enacted or modified.”

The survey can be completed through the Internet at: Results of the 2007 and 2006 surveys may be read at and

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