Tennessee governor's aide warned new COVID law was illegal
November 23, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office warned lawmakers that their sprawling bill limiting COVID-19 restrictions would violate federal law that protects people with disabilities and put the state at risk of losing federal funds, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
The Republican-controlled Legislature ignored the advice and passed the bill anyway. Less than two weeks later, the Republican governor signed it into law.
Lee, who is up for reelection next year, has since said there are still "some issues we need to work through." He has his concerns about how the law changes hospital visitation rules and what it may mean for the state's ability to control its own workplace regulation going forward. But the governor has expressed no concern publicly about compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.