TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 15, 2020

Lieutenant Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, and House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, yesterday said they believe there is an additional step that must be taken before the controversial Nathan Bedford Forrest bust can be removed from the State Capitol, the Tennessean reports. The State Capitol Commission in July voted in favor of removing the bust and the matter was set to be heard by the Tennessee Historical Commission for a final vote in October. But, in a letter to state architect Ann McGauran, McNally and Sexton wrote that the Historical Commission cannot vote on the removal of the bust until it is also approved by the State Building Commission. The lawmakers point to a section of state law that says actions of the Capitol Commission “shall be subject to the concurrence of the state building commission." McNally and Sexton are both members of the Building Commission. Gov. Bill Lee’s office maintains that proper protocol has been followed, but is reviewing the letter from the speakers.