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.
The Tennessee General Assembly is coming back at the end of May after a two-month recess. But the leaders of the two chambers are at odds about what will be debated and who can come.
Gov. Bill Lee met with Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton on Sunday night to discuss how to proceed with the legislative session because of the coronavirus pandemic, sources told WPLN News.
State legislatures all across the nation are suspending business due to the coronavirus pandemic. But in Tennessee, the response from lawmakers has largely split along party lines.
Health care and criminal justice reform are among the top priorities of the new Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, mostly aligning with other Republican leaders in the state. But when it comes to education, Sexton says he will focus on early childhood literacy rates instead of school choice.
Two Republican lawmakers want to give the legislature the power to decide whether refugees should be allowed to resettle in Tennessee. The bill (SB1567/HB1578), filed by Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, and Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, is the latest in a contentious debate between the legislature and Gov. Bill Lee.
Is it income or is it not? That’s the question many are asking about Tennessee’s new school voucher initiative after the state’s Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn provided conflicting statements last week.
Listen / The new speaker of the Tennessee House is making the case that he is different from his predecessor. In an interview with WPLN, Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton said he wants to create an environment where members welcome different opinions.
Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton has been elected speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives at a special session this morning. Sexton, who has been in the legislature for nine years, was elected unanimously. Ninety-four lawmakers voted in favor, with two voting present.
Listen / Tennessee lawmakers will come back to Nashville later this week to pick a new House speaker. The election will take place during Friday’s special session, which was called with specific guidelines on what can and cannot take place.