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.
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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