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House Speaker Cameron Sexton sends letter requesting special session following new mask mandates

Sexton promised to call the special session if Tennessee school districts mandated masks in the classroom. Several area lawmakers joined in signing the letter.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State House Speaker Cameron Sexton sent a letter Wednesday to Gov. Bill Lee seeking a special session after a number of new mask mandates were implemented in Tennessee schools. 

Sexton promised to call the special session if Tennessee school districts mandated masks in the classroom.

After Speaker Sexton's comments, Williamson County Schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Marshall County Schools and Hancock County Schools all implemented their own mask mandates for the start of their respective school years.

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NBC affiliate WSMV in Nashville reached out to the speaker's office, which responded:  

"Speaker Sexton is in the process of working with House members on a draft of a letter to Governor Lee requesting a special session. When completed, members will be able to sign on to the letter before it is sent." 

WBIR obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday. Among those signing it were Knoxville area lawmakers Justin Lafferty and Eddie Mannis.

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Cameron Sexton letter to Gov. Bill Lee.

On Monday, Lee told News4 a special session was not out of the question. 

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The governor has continually emphasized parental choice and personal decision-making when it comes to masking in schools. 

“A parent knows best about their own individual child and what’s best for them,” Lee said. “So I would encourage, and I have encouraged school districts to do this. If they need to, listen to their parents. And the way our state, the laws in our state are set up, school districts have the authority to make those decisions.”

This story was originally reported by WSMV in Nashville.