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.
Tennessee businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can soon receive extra financial help from the state. Gov. Bill Lee announced this morning that the state will dole out approximately $200 million in federal funds to small businesses in need, through the Tennessee Business Relief Program.
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.
When the Tennessee legislature goes back into session in June, they will be faced with a new challenge — a dramatic drop in tax revenue collections. This is due to the closure of businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Senate Speaker Randy McNally wants the legislature to consider the impact anti-LGBT bills have on the state before taking up more such measures. Tennessee has drawn criticism lately over legislation that targets the LGBT community. At least one company has said they are reconsidering a further expansion.
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 / There have been many changes in the last few weeks to Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Accounts proposal. The legislature is still workshopping the details of the school voucher plan. And GOP leaders are trying to convince rural lawmakers on the fence, to vote for the bill.