Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday sent a message to law enforcement officers in other parts of the country resisting vaccine mandates: "We want you."
- The governor said the state would help cover moving costs for officers who want to move here to join the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
What he's saying: Lee said in a statement his pitch was targeted to officers "who want to work in a state that doesn't get in the middle of personal health decisions."
- In the video, he told officers he would "work to make sure your freedoms are protected."
Between the lines: Lee didn't explicitly mention the COVID vaccine, but his message referred to pushback against "restrictive mandates."
- The video name-dropped Los Angeles and New York, both of which have COVID-19 vaccine mandates for officers.
- Officers across the country are fighting vaccine mandates. The police union in Chicago sued to block a local mandate from taking effect.
Driving the news: Republican leaders in Tennessee have taken high-profile steps to fight vaccine mandates and local efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
- Lee recently signed a Republican-backed law that heavily restricts COVID safety measures.
By the numbers: 49% of Tennessee residents are fully vaccinated, according to state data updated this week.
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