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Tennessee lawmakers hear from health commissioner on $26.5 million, no-bid contract

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 19:18:22-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The legislature's Fiscal Review Committee met at 1:30 p.m. to hear from Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey about the $26.5 million, no-bid contract exposed by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

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Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, has called for Tennessee lawmakers to launch a comprehensive review of the Lee administration's no-bid spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, potentially even hiring an independent consultant to lead that effort.

The Nashville Democrat's request follows a NewsChannel 5 investigation that revealed that Piercey, over the objections of career state employees, steered a $26.5 million contract for COVID-19 testing to a politically connected Utah company that had no experience in testing.

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