Effort falls short to designate site of State of State as House chamber for a night (UPDATED)

Gov. Bill Lee delivers his first State of the State address in Nashville on March 4, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Senate passed a resolution seeking to remedy legal questions raised by The Tennessee Journal about holding the annual State of the State address outside the state Capitol, but the House didn’t take the measure up before the speech took place.

Under a 1970s-era law, the governor’s annual budget address must be given to a joint convention of the General Assembly in the House chamber. But Gov. Bill Lee gave his speech within the nearby War Memorial Auditorium on Monday evening.

While the War Memorial Auditorium is part of the Capitol complex and offers more space for social distancing, it does not meet the description of the House chamber. The Senate passed SJR100, which would have declared that “that for the sole purpose of hearing the state of the state address by the governor on February 8, 2021, the War Memorial Auditorium shall serve as ‘the chamber of the house of representatives.'”

But the House didn’t take up the measure before heading across the street to hear from the governor.

11 Responses to Effort falls short to designate site of State of State as House chamber for a night (UPDATED)

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    Henry Walker says:

    Wonder where they got that idea?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    When something like this happens in our state, being so heavily controlled by conservative republicans, most people think right away there must have been some nefarious reasons. They just don’t think before they do something.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Well then, the address was illegitimate, according to law.

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    Kat White says:

    GIve them a BREAK! There has NEVER been a Pandemic to deal with and the House Chamber is too small to SOCIALLY DISTANCE the COMBINED Senate and House Members!!!!!!! You would criticize them IF they HAD held it in the House Chamber saying they were being careless and exposing people to COVID! They can’t win no matter what they do. Y’all are ALWAYS going to find fault! Why don’t you EVER look at the POSITIVE side of life????? You’d be MUCH happier!!!!!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Kat, you are talking to participants, maybe even managers of the grievance industry. Thankfully, they don’t have very much power in Tennessee because a substantial majority of people in this state are smart enough to simply ignore them but the do make a lot of noise for such a small group of people. Now you and I might think that constantly complaining and engaging in political theatre has to be hard on ones happiness in life. On the contrary, if you have the personality to be drawn toward membership in the grievance industry complaining and political theatre is what you love to do. That’s what makes them happy and gives them the feeling of being one hell of a virtuous dude or dudette. Go figure!

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      They work very hard at not giving anyone else a break, save for their cronies, so they don’t get one either.

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      Ever since Tre Hargett made his smart aleck comment comparing voting to going to Wal-Mart, I haven’t had much sympathy

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      Agreed….under the circumstances we are in there does not HAVE to be a law passed every time we make a change.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    So you are arguing they had to move it to a bigger room so they could socially distance and continue to NOT WEAR ANY MASKS in the bigger room? Just more republican nonsense!

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    KatWhite says:

    I’m not ‘arguing’ anything! And masks WERE worn that I observed online, in addition to being Socially Distanced!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    We all know that republicans and conservatives only wear masks when they absolutely have to – like when the cameras are rolling. There is no mask mandates in any republican led state including TN. The states with the most republican and conservative control are mostly the states with the highest rates of Covid. Did you see the thousands of mask-less folks at the Super Bowl super spreader event – in republican Florida? South Carolina has the highest ranking in new cases thanks to leadership from the Graham Cracker. Or try Texas with more extremely high rates with the leadership of Ole Ted Cruise or Sen. Randy Paul doesn’t even wear a mask on the senate floor when “working.”

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