Gov. Bill Lee calls for special session to select new speaker of the house


Gov. Bill Lee announced June 27 he has called to convene a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly to replace state Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, as speaker of the house.

House members will reconvene Aug. 23, according to a statement from Lee.

The move by Lee comes weeks after Casada announced his intention June 4 to resign from the speakership, effective Aug. 2, following a vote of “no confidence” from the House Republican Caucus. In the same announcement, Casada had requested a special session be called Aug. 2.

Lee said he has also asked the General Assembly to approve recent amendments to Supreme Court rules in the same announcement. Any other procedural business would be up to the assembly to undertake during the session, he said.

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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