An Easter adjournment? McNally hopes to make it so

Legislative leaders kick off the joint convention to inaugurate Gov. Bill Lee in Nashville on Jan. 19, 2019. From left at podium are House Majority Leader William Lamberth, Senate Speaker Randy McNally, Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, and then-House Speaker Glen Casada. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Senate Speaker Randy McNally tells colleagues he wants to get the legislative session wrapped up by the week of Easter, which falls on April 12 this year.

The Oak Ridge Republican acknowledged that sessions tend to last at least a week longer than targeted adjournment dates, but committees will be shutting down with an eye toward getting incumbents out on the campaign trail — and raising money (which is banned while the General Assembly is in session).

Last year’s adjournment fell on May 2, while lawmakers in 2018 got out of town on April 25.

“We set these dates and usually we get pretty close, but usually it runs over a week,” he said. “We’ll try to get all the bills on notice, the governor presents his budget on Feb. 1, and we should be ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”

12 Responses to An Easter adjournment? McNally hopes to make it so

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  • James White says:

    April Fools day would be sooner !

  • John says:

    No way they’re adjourning before Easter. Titans are in the playoffs so more people are fans now. Once the NFL cancels Nashville, McNally isn’t going anywhere until they repeal their own bills. I wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon threatens to cancel their headquarters, too. I love the free market. It’s so much more effective than impotent state representatives.

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    Election year. They’ve all got to get home to campaign.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    NFL cancelling Titans? Oh my that was a big reason we came to Nashville. You just never know what big business is going to do. Seems odd to cancel the team when they are doing so well. The stadium would be a good place for Amazon to set up though Maybe they can use the existing facility if they put a roof on it?

    • John says:

      No, NFL will cancel the Draft events in Nashville because McNally passed the gay adoption ban. I doubt Amazon and other businesses will want to be associated with a backwards state. This happened in North Carolina a few years ago. The NBA, Bank of America, etc destroyed the state’s expected economic growth by canceling investments when the.state started passing “Culture War” legislation. Now they have a Democratic governor. The same will happen here. It’s going to be a big battle between the Chamber and the tin-foil hat brigade. The best thing Tennessee Democrats can do is sit back and watch it implode.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        As a proud member of the tin-foil hat brigade I thought it particularly reassuring that North Carolina suffered little to no economic damage from standing up to sexual eccentrics and their sympathizers. But I do agree with you in one respect, “The best thing Tennessee Democrats can do is sit back and watch. . . .” and let Republicans, preferably of the more conservative variety, run this state.

        • John says:

          You can’t beat the Chamber. And again, North Carolina has a Democratic governor now.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Unlike Tenneessee North Carolina has long been a battleground state with Democrat Roy Cooper beating Republican Pat McCrory by 10,263 votes out of the 4.6 million cast to win the Governorship contest that you find so satisfying. Thankfully, Democrats are an insignificant minority in Tennessee so we are not put to such heart stopping cliffhangers here

      • Beatrice Shaw says:

        silly fear mongers these Republicans Can’t the Governor veto the gay adoption ban? He is doing a pretty good job and I think should be approached to do it.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Sure he can, but the General Assembly can override his veto by a simple majority vote. Now Beatrice, if the Titans leave Nashville because of Tennessee’s refusal to capitulate to sexual eccentrics, will you and a good number of your liberal friends leave too? There might be a deal in here that an overwhelming number of Tennesseans would sign up to.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Indeed, we need plenty of time for that ONE solid conservative candidate to get back to East Tennessee to campaign for that First District congressional seat.

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