Gov. Bill Lee calls for special session of the Tennessee Legislature to act on coronavirus liability, protest legislation

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A special session of the Tennessee Legislature will convene beginning Aug. 10, according to an Aug. 3 announcement from Gov. Bill Lee.

Lawmakers will meet to act upon legislation concerning four areas, according to the proclamation:

  1. COVID-related liability protection for persons and entities

  2. electronic delivery of health services such as telemedicine, teletherapy and remote patient monitoring

  3. protection of peaceful demonstration rights by ensuring protection for law enforcement, first responders, state employees, public officials members of the public, and public and private property

  4. fund any acts that receive final passage during the special session.

In the proclamation calling for the session, Lee said while previous executive orders issued earlier this year provided some liability protection to health care providers, Lee is asking lawmakers to broaden that protection to other Tennesseans.

Lee is also calling for the Legislature to consider additional legislation to prevent damage to public property during peaceful demonstrations.

"I have repeatedly supported the right of Tennesseans to engage in peaceful assembly and protest, and man y peaceful protests and demonstrations have occurred across Tennessee in recent weeks, including in and around the State Capitol grounds, but some protests on and around the Capitol ground have also resulted in vandalism and defacement of public property, overnight camping on public property in violation of state law and other risks to public safety," Lee said in the proclamation.

See the full proclamation below.

By 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.