Signed by numerous elected officials—including Williamson County state representatives Brandon Ogles, R-Franklin, Glen Casada, R-Franklin, and Sam Whitson, R-Franklin—the letter calls to address "misdirected and mandated" calls from municipalities.
"We believe there is a need to curtail the overreach by independent health boards and officials, confirm a parent's right to make decisions that impact the mental and physical health of their children, provide support and direction to schools to ensure educators are properly compensated for COVID-19 leave, and protect all Tennesseans from misdirected mandates designed to limit their ability to make their own decisions," the letter states.
The call comes just one day after the Williamson County Schools Board fo Education voted to require masks for elementary school students and staff through Sept. 21.
In a press conference with Lee and Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, Sexton said should local school boards move to close schools or make similar decisions related to COVID-19, he would move to call the special session.
Any legislation resulting from the special session would not apply to the six major counties in Tennessee that control their own health departments, including Davidson, Shelby and Knox counties, according to the letter.
Lee's office has not announced whether the special session has been approved.
See the full letter from legislators below.
House Republicans have requested that Governor Bill Lee call a special session. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/uzLub8vH3S
— State Rep. Kelly Keisling (@KellyKeislingTN) August 11, 2021