Tennessee Lawmakers work to revive Nashville RNC 2024 legislation

Published: Jul. 9, 2022 at 4:36 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - As the announcement draws near where the 2024 Republican National Convention will be held, Tennessee lawmakers are still hoping that Nashville will be selected.

Last week, Metro Council withdrew a bill that, if passed, would approve an agreement between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the Nashville 2024 Host Committee, and the Republican National Committee for the 2024 RNC. The bill was withdrawn following “multiple concerns and objections from Metro Council.”

Following the meeting, the Nashville 2024 host committee said they plan to re-file the RNC contract legislation next month after addressing the concerns voiced by council members.

“I bet the Nashville host committee feels that way. Hopefully, the RNC sees that the vote isn’t going to change and moves on,” said Councilman Bob Mendes on Twitter.

The General Assembly is also considering holding a special session to secure the legislation necessary to host the 2024 RNC.

“The speaker and the General Assembly fully support either the RNC or the DNC bringing its 2024 Convention to Nashville,” said Doug Kufner, spokesperson for House Speaker Cameron Sexton. “The General Assembly has already approved funding in the budget for either convention. Speaker Sexton is watching closely as to how some Metro Council members are playing politics on a massive economic and international public relations win for our state and Nashville. Hopefully, bipartisanship will prevail, and in the next two weeks, we will have a better idea of what needs to be done — if anything — to secure the convention.”

Governor Bill Lee had previously told us that he was in favor of bringing the convention to Nashville, saying 40,000 people coming to Nashville would be an economic boom.

“We have an opportunity for an enormous economic boom as a result of 40,000 people coming to our city for a week. These are the types of things that Nashville is set up to be successful in. We saw that with the draft, even with July 4th celebrations that are safe and large,” Governor Lee told us.

“I think Nashville would be a perfect location for the 2024 Republican Convention. It would be a great showcase for the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee,” said Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally. “The leaders of both political parties support this effort. A major political party convention in Nashville would not only be an excellent economic driver, it would send a message that Nashville deserves a seat at the table alongside our nation’s greatest cities. I am greatly disappointed to hear that some on the Metro Council are reticent to support the effort. I am hopeful Nashville’s leaders will reconsider their positions and tactics and that the overall effort to bring major party conventions to Nashville will not be affected. If Metro persists in attempting to torpedo this effort, the state will have no choice but to explore alternative options to bring major party conventions to our state.”

The other city being considered for hosting the convention is Milwaukee, WI.

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