Ask the editor: Why are lawmakers heading back for a special session?


You may have heard in late June that Gov. Bill Lee has called for a special session Aug. 23, but if you are not familiar with legislative procedures, it may be unclear what this means.

While the 2019 legislative session officially ended in early May, the governor can call a special session between regular sessions for a specific number of days to undertake specific duties, according to the Tennessee Legislature.

In August, lawmakers will head back to Nashville to select a new speaker of the House. The seat will be vacant following the resignation of State Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, effective Aug. 2. Casada announced his intent to resign from the speakership in May, but he has not resigned from his elected position. For more government updates, be sure to check for the latest news at

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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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