Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton says the Senate’s refusal to pass mental health legislation during special session played a factor in the fatal shooting of Belmont University student Jillian Ludwig. Senators on both sides of the aisle refute the claim and look to pass laws to prevent future tragedies.
From the beginning of the special session, Senate leadership said they were only planning to pass three bills in addition to the budget. And that’s exactly what they did.
When Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called for a special session on public safety, he left out a chance for any gun reform legislation to be passed. With that off the table, Republican lawmakers focused on bills related to mental health and juvenile sentencing. Now, session is over, and many feel not enough was done.
Covenant School parents have been at the Tennessee Capitol throughout the special session — holding signs, wearing ribbons in school colors and hoping for gun reform.
When the Tennessee House adjourned for the end of session Tuesday, there was a lot of pushing and shoving between lawmakers.
Tennessee lawmakers adjourned the legislative special session Tuesday after days of impasse between the House and Senate.
Nashville Rep. Justin Jones was silenced on the Tennessee House floor after he was ruled out of order on Monday.
There’s lingering uncertainty about how the General Assembly will wind down its special session, and the latest twist comes from Gov. Bill Lee. He sent lawmakers a list of proposals he wants them to pass.
Several activists, both for and against gun reform, packed into a Nashville courtroom Monday morning to hear arguments over whether spectators can hold signs in the House chamber during the special legislative session. The final ruling: They can.
As the special session continues, one of the bills heading to the Tennessee Senate would remove the autopsies of children who are victims of violent crime from the public record. Only their legal guardians would have the right to release them.