Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to deliver State of the State address

Published: Feb. 3, 2020 at 5:57 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Laying out his spending priorities and his plans for the state, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will deliver his second State of the State address Monday night. Some of the topics the Governor plans to address were released early.

The gallery on the house floor opened to the public at 4 this afternoon. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is set to present his address at 6 p.m. A couple of hours ago aides briefed reporters in a session here at the capitol on topics we can expect the governor to discuss.

All eyes will be on Nashville tonight as Tennessee Governor Bill Lee takes the podium in the house chamber for his second state of the state address since taking office.

The governor is expected to make announcements of investments in K-12 education and increased mental health efforts. He also will likely discuss criminal justice reform and talk about the state’s economy.

But many of the issues swirling in the legislature this session aren’t about dollars and cents. Lee angered some Republican lawmakers when he said in early January that Tennessee would continue to allow refugee resettlement.

“The one thing I think we know about Bill Lee is that he is a very serious Christian and his faith leads him to some positions on things like welcoming refugees that are consistent with his understanding of that faith. But that’s not true of all Christian conservatives,” said WMC Political Analyst Michael Nelson.

Lee also angered some Democratic lawmakers a week and a half ago when he promised to work with Republicans to introduce legislation that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected making Tennessee one of the strictest states in the nation when it comes to abortions.

It’s unclear whether he’ll talk about a controversial bill he signed into law that allows religious adoption agencies to deny service to same-sex couples without repercussions.

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