Senator Roberts calls for a Special Session


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:

  1.  Prohibiting mask mandates in public buildings, schools, and universities
  2.  Recognizing acquired immunity or immunity from monoclonal antibodies as satisfying vaccine mandates
  3.  Prohibiting Bridgestone Arena and other venues receiving government funding from implementing vaccine requirements, mask mandates, or segregating attendees according to vaccination status
  4.  Placing the county health departments of Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan counties under the direct oversight of the General Assembly
  5.  Challenging federal overreach exercised by President Joe Biden related to vaccine mandates
  6.  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.

Senator Roberts letter