TN: Lee stands behind bill aide said violates US law

Source: Johnson City Press

“Tennessee’s governor on Monday stood by his decision to sign sprawling limits on COVID-19 restrictions into law, even though his own office warned the bill would violate federal disability law and put the state at risk of losing federal funds. Republican Gov. Bill Lee, in his first public comments since The Associated Press revealed his legislative counsel’s email warning to lawmakers, said he thinks ‘the bill on balance is good.’ He also repeated a promise for a broad review of the new law, which he previously acknowledged includes ‘some issues we need to work through.’ But when asked directly, he would not say whether he thinks the law’s accommodations for people with disabilities (flagged last month by his office as violating federal law) need to be changed.” (11/23/21)