Aug 24, 2023 - News

Senate, House at odds over special session

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The Senate and House are taking different approaches to the special session.

State of play: The Senate has only advanced four bills total, significantly limiting the session's scope.

  • Even so, House committees continued to debate and approve multiple bills Wednesday.

There has been sparring between the chambers. In a since-deleted tweet, House Republicans mocked their Senate counterparts for failing to consider more bills.

  • Erik Schelzig with the Tennessee Journal reports Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) sent an email apologizing for the tweet.
  • Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) sent a reply-all email saying, "You should be apologizing to the moms that were unjustly removed!" per Schelzig.

The bottom line: The Senate and House have to agree to end the session. It's possible the Senate will reconsider some bills as part of negotiations with the House.

  • "There's always some competition between the two bodies," Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) told reporters Wednesday. "We've got to get along because it takes both of us to act."
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