Will the General Assembly return full bore?

A tentative House schedule for the week of May 25, 2020.

Lawmakers are preparing to return to Nashville to start getting ready for the resumption of the legislative session put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic. The session is scheduled to resume on June 1, but meetings are scheduled to begin the previous week.

The Senate favors limiting deliberations to downward adjustments to the state’s spending plan and other bills directly related to the COVID-19 response. Lee appears to agree. The House, on the other hand, wants to pick up where it left off on a raft of bills.

“COVID-19 is not the only thing Tennesseans care about,” House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) told The Tennessean. “It is the most important thing right now to combat this virus, but there are a lot of other important things to debate.

“We’re not going to allow COVID-19 to dictate to us that every single aspect of our society must be shelved because of this virus.”

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