Gov. Bill Lee sets date for special session to replace Casada

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Posted at 10:32 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 11:48:12-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee has called for a special session to select a new Speaker of the House to replace Glen Casada.

Lee tweeted Thursday morning that he’s set the session date for August 23.

Lee also released a statement, saying:

“It is in the best interest of our State to select a new Speaker of the House, and so I am calling a special session of the General Assembly for August 23 to accomplish that purpose. I have also asked the General Assembly to take up approval of the recent amendments to the Supreme Court rules, in addition to settling these leadership matters. Any other procedural business would be at the discretion of the General Assembly."

Casada announced that he would resign effective August 2, following months of controversy including allegedly framing a young activist with a crime , an FBI investigation , and being accused of misusing taxpayer money .

On Wednesday, House Majority Leader William Lamberth called for a caucus meeting on July 24 to select a Republican nominee for the speakership.

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