As the number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee continue rising, state officials are again stressing the importance of wearing masks. On Wednesday, the state reported 1,806 new cases of coronavirus. Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told reporters that the growth cannot be attributed to just more testing.
Gov. Bill Lee has extended Tennessee’s state of emergency for two more months. The original order was set to expire tomorrow.
All 50 states allow some form of tougher punishments for drug sales in certain areas. Tennessee’s drug-free school zones law is one of the harshest.
Gov. Bill Lee has not yet decided whether he should call for a special session. But, the Republican told reporters Tuesday it might be needed in order for lawmakers to pass a measure that would protect businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits.
In a late-night, last-minute vote, the Tennessee Senate passed what would become one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country. The measure (SB2196/HB2263) had been championed by Gov. Bill Lee, although he said it was not a priority once the coronavirus pandemic struck in the state.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic crisis, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a revised spending plan early Friday that implements deep cuts to save more than $1 billion.
The Tennessee Senate passed a new $39.4 billion budget Thursday that includes more than $300 million in cuts due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The House is expected to vote on it next week.
The Tennessee legislature isn’t going to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Capitol building. But that isn’t stopping some Nashville protestors who want the state to stop recognizing the Ku Klux Klan leader.
A bill that would eliminate Tennessee’s observance of Nathan Bedford Forrest Day has passed its first challenge in the House. But that’s the only measure regarding specifically the Confederate general that is moving forward in the General Assembly.
A new Vanderbilt University poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Tennesseans are satisfied with how local leaders have handled the coronavirus pandemic. Two-thirds of the people said they support Gov. Bill Lee’s response.