Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee News

Tennessee Gov Calls Special Session to Address COVID-19 Liability

Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced he’s calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to address legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits. Lee said the special legislative session will convene Aug. 10 …

Tennessee Again Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency

Gov. Bill Lee on Monday extended the state of emergency for another two months as Tennessee continues to see large jumps in people testing positive for COVID-19. Lee, a Republican, initially imposed the state of emergency on March 12 in …

Tennessee to Require COVID-19 Testing at Long-Term Care Facilities

Gov. Bill Lee’s administration announced Friday that long-term care facilities will soon be required to test all of their residents and staff for COVID-19 after initially just urging nursing homes to do so. According to Lee’s office, the Healthcare Facilities …

Lawrence Sworn In as Interim Tennessee Insurance Commissioner

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has sworn in a new interim commissioner of commerce and insurance. The state Department of Commerce and Insurance tweeted out a photo of Carter Lawrence taking the oath of office this week. Lawrence previously served as …

Tennessee Governor Appeals Federal Denials of Individual Flood Aid

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has filed an appeal after the federal government denied his request for individual aid for residents in five counties battered by flooding and severe storms. A news release from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the …

Tennessee Insurance Head McPeak Steps Down; Lawrence Tapped as Interim Chief

After eight years as the head of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI), Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak is leaving Tennessee state government in order to pursue career opportunities in the private sector, according to a statement from TDCI. …

Tennessee Approves Ban on Handheld Phones While Driving

Gov. Bill Lee will decide whether Tennessee will ban the use of handheld electronic devices, including cellphones, while driving. The Senate voted 23-7 on Tuesday to send Lee the bill. The House previously cleared it in a 53-38 vote. Supporters …