Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Wednesday he will deliver his fourth State of the State address to the General Assembly and fellow Tennesseans on January 31 at 6 p.m. CT. The joint session will take place in the House Chamber of the Tennessee State Capitol.
“I look forward to sharing my vision for Tennessee, including my budget and legislative priorities for the year,” Governor Lee said in a statement. “Tennessee shows the rest of the country that America hasn’t lost her way, and with the support of the General Assembly, we’ll continue to ensure Tennessee is a national leader for opportunity and freedom.”
Looking forward to sharing my vision for TN's future at the State of the State. TN shows the rest of the country that America hasn’t lost her way, & with the support of the General Assembly, we’ll continue to ensure we are a national leader for opportunity & freedom.
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) January 19, 2022
The address can be found on Lee’s Facebook and YouTube channels and will be aired statewide, the press release notes.
During last year’s State of the State address, Lee touted the state’s COVID-19 response, economy, and budget among other subjects.
This year, Lee is expected to further tout the state’s continued COVID-19 response, successful legislation the state has passed in the past year including the Constitutional Carry Bill, as well as the initiative Lee has taken part in to address the supply chain crisis – Operation Open Road.
As part of the state’s COVID-19 response in 2021, Lee issued an executive order in August that granted parents the right to opt their children out of a school’s COVID-19 mask mandate if a school board or a health board enacts one over a district. Although challenged by a small number of school districts, the order was praised by a majority of Republican lawmakers and utilized by many Tennessee parents.
The Constitutional Carry Bill, which Lee signed early on in 2021, was seen as a “huge win” for the Second Amendment and was praised by Republicans. Operation Open Road, which was signed by Lee and 14 other governors, called on the Biden Administration to address the supply chain crisis by suspending burdensome regulations.
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]