TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 27, 2020

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III issued an opinion today regarding the priority of Gov. Bill Lee’s executive orders governing the state’s emergency response during the COVID-19 health crisis, finding that state emergency directives supersede any conflicting action taken by local governments. The opinion was requested by Lt. Governor Randy McNally and state House Speaker Cameron Sexton. In the opinion, Slatery writes that, “The General Assembly clearly intended the Governor’s emergency management powers to be exclusive and to override any action taken by political subdivisions and local agencies that conflicts with the Governor’s executive orders. This avoids the unmanageable predicament of multiple governmental actions in the midst of an emergency.” Read more in this release.