FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Molly Gormley (615) 741-8760
Nashville, Tennessee (September 15, 2021) - On Tuesday, State Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) sent a letter to Lt. Governor Randy McNally requesting a special session take place of the Tennessee General Assembly. Roberts' letter explains that numerous constituents have reached out requesting a special session.
In the letter, Roberts lays out six topics he suggests to be considered during a special session:
- Prohibiting mask mandates in public buildings, schools, and universities
- Recognizing acquired immunity or immunity from monoclonal antibodies as satisfying vaccine mandates
- Prohibiting Bridgestone Arena and other venues receiving government funding from implementing vaccine requirements, mask mandates, or segregating attendees according to vaccination status
- Placing the county health departments of Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan counties under the direct oversight of the General Assembly
- Challenging federal overreach exercised by President Joe Biden related to vaccine mandates
- Requiring Executive Orders issued during a State of Emergency lasting over 90 days to be reviewed by the Joint Committee for Government Operations for a positive or negative recommendation
A special session of the legislature is held in the interim between regular sessions. It is called for a specific number of days by the governor or upon petition of two-thirds of the members elected to each house. It is restricted to matters specifically enumerated in the call.