State Sovereignty Bill Opposed By Governor Lee To Be Heard By House And Senate Committees

Image Credit: Gov. Bill Lee / Facebook

The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Despite being red flagged by the governor’s office, a bill that would create a process by which the state could nullify actions taken by the federal government continues to make its way through both legislative branches. 

House Bill 0726 (HB0726), sponsored by Representative Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport-District 2), would enact the “Restoring State Sovereignty Through Nullification Act.” The companion Senate Bill 1092 (SB1092) is sponsored by Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma-District 16).

A representative from Governor Lee’s office was in attendance when the bill was presented to the House Public Service Subcommittee on March 7th. 

Valerie Yancey was called on with the expectation that she would oppose the bill, but she opted not to, instead saying, “I think I will live to fight another day. Thank you,” as she walked back to her seat, laughing.

Those opposed to the bill say that they fear the state would lose federal funding by even discussing the possibility of standing up against the federal government. However, Hulsey stated, “every state has a natural right and duty in cases not within the authority of the constitution to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of powers by others within their own state boundaries.”

The Senate bill will go before the State and Local Government Committee on March 14th. The House State Government Committee will hear the bill the following day in their March 15th meeting.

All supporters are urged to contact their legislators using the contact information below prior to those meetings if in favor of this legislation to help protect the sovereignty of the Volunteer State.

Senate State and Local Government Committee

Richard Briggs (R) (Chair) – – (615) 741-1766

Page Walley (R) (Vice-Chair) – – (615) 741-2368

Mark Pody (R) (2nd Vice-Chair) – – (615) 741-2421

Ed Jackson (R) – – (615) 741-1810

Sara Kyle (D) – – (615) 741-4167

Adam Lowe (R) – – (615) 741-1946

John Stevens (R)- – (615) 741-4576

Ken Yager (R)- – (615) 741-1449

Jeff Yarbro (D)- – (615) 741-3291

House State Government Committee

Kelly Keisling (R) (Chair) – – (615) 741-6852

Rick Eldridge (R) (Vice-Chair) – – (615) 741-6877

Rebecca Alexander (R) – – (615) 741-2251

Bill Beck (D) – – (615) 741-3229

Rush Bricken (R) – – (615) 741-7448

Ed Butler (R) – – (615) 741-1260

Michelle Carringer (R) – – (615) 741-1721

Jesse Chism (D) – – (615) 741-6954

Vincent Dixie (D) – – (615) 741-1997

Kirk Haston (R) – – (615) 741-0750

John Holsclaw (R) – – (615) 741-7450

Chris Hurt (R) – – (615) 741-2134

Darren Jernigan (D) – – (615) 741-6959

Curtis Johnson (R) – – (615) 741-4341

Tom Leatherwood (R) – – (615) 741-7084

Mary Littleton (R) – – (615) 741-7477

Jake McCalmon (R) – – (615) 741-4389

Larry Miller (D) – – (615) 741-4453

Jason Powell (D) – – (615) 741-6861

Dennis Powers (R) – – (615) 741-3335

Iris Rudder (R) – – (615) 741-8695

Bryan Terry (R) – – (615) 741-2180

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

4 thoughts on “State Sovereignty Bill Opposed By Governor Lee To Be Heard By House And Senate Committees

  • March 14, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    The states created the federal government at the ratification of the Constitution. It’s time the potter tells the clay what’s up.

  • March 14, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    So Gov. Lee would go against the Constitution of the U.S. in order NOT to loose a few dollars from the Fed. Gov. and sell out Tenn.? This is a TRUE Traitor. I will remember this comes Election day.

    • March 15, 2023 at 11:49 am

      I have already voted against him in the last election. Classic rino. I voted for Mr. Gentry a constitutional republican. A much better republican. We really need to vet the candidates come election time.
      In God we trust not government or man.
      Have a blessed day.

  • March 15, 2023 at 12:36 am

    Our constitutional rights should be first, he will have to be booted out come election time and his cronies.


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