NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The governor has signed the sweeping COVID-19 legislation passed during a special session last month.
On Friday night, the governor's office officially announced that Gov. Bill Lee has signed the following bills:
With passage of SB 9014, it "statutorily prevents government entities and public schools from requiring masks except under severe conditions."
“I have spoken with Lt. Gov. McNally and Speaker Sexton and am not signing this bill as it requires significant updates to account for the non-pandemic functions of public health departments,” Lee said in a statement on Friday. “We are committed to working together to address these changes during the regular session.”
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The state will likely have new laws that will limit COVID-19 restrictions.
As the state waited for pen to hit paper, there was a last-ditch effort. Emergency physician Dr. Katrina Green hoped a petition with 750 signatures opposing the bill would change the governor's mind.
"I want him to hear our voices, even if he doesn't change his mind, he needs to know that we know that this bill is wrong," Green opposes limiting COVID restrictions said. "I think the majority of Tennesseans understand that we're still in a pandemic, and we still need to be doing everything we can to keep people safe."
The bill championed by conservatives responded to President Biden's requirement last month for millions of workers to get vaccinated. Something lee has said from the beginning is an overreach. But, to Green, it's this bill that's dangerous.
"I take my oath to not harm very seriously, and I worry this bill will harm people," Green said.
The governor also signed Executive Order 92, which suspends a previous order that gave parents a choice to opt their children out of mask requirements in public schools.