Should we review how we exercise emergency power in Tennessee?

For what appears to be the first time in Tennessee’s history, a governor has exercised the power the legislature conferred on that office to declare a state of emergency and suspend the operation of our laws on a state-wide basis. The common law right to liberty, which was the right to move from one place to another, to be free of government-imposed physical restraint, is referred to in the 14th Amendment, which applies to states. It provides that no person’s liberty should be restrained absent a procedure giving the restrained individual due process.

We asked all the candidates:

Should we review how we exercise emergency power in Tennessee?

These are were their answers:

I agree with FACT that Tennessee's emergency powers statutes should be re-examined to provide some legislative check or balance on a governor’s authority to suspend our laws.

The following candidates answered this way.
Janice Bowling

Sen. Janice Bowling

Republican

Senate District 16

Diane Canada

Diane Canada

Republican

House District 56 Candidate

Glen Casada

Rep. Glen Casada

Republican

House District 63

Scott Cepicky

Rep. Scott Cepicky

Republican

House District 64

Vincent Cuevas

Vincent Cuevas

Republican

House District 92 Candidate

Tandy Darby

Tandy Darby

Republican

House District 76 Candidate

Elaine Davis

Elaine Davis

Republican

House District 13 Candidate

John Dawson

John Dawson

Republican

House District 67 Candidate

Esther Helton

Rep. Esther Helton

Republican

House District 30

Joey Hensley

Sen. Joey Hensley

Republican

Senate District 28

Ronnie Holden

Ronnie Holden

Republican

House District 47 Candidate

Kelly Keisling

Rep. Kelly Keisling

Republican

House District 38

Tom Leatherwood

Rep. Tom Leatherwood

Republican

House District 99

Becky Duncan Massey

Sen. Becky Duncan Massey

Republican

Senate District 6

John McMahan

John McMahan

Republican

House District 76 Candidate

Lee Mills

Lee Mills

Republican

House District 99 Candidate

Brandon Ogles

Rep. Brandon Ogles

Republican

House District 61

Gina Oster

Gina Oster

Republican

House District 18 Candidate

Patricia Possel

Patricia Possel

Republican

House District 96 Candidate

Paul Rose

Sen. Paul Rose

Republican

Senate District 32

Paul Sherrell

Rep. Paul Sherrell

Republican

House District 43

John Stevens

Sen. John Stevens

Republican

Senate District 24

Jai Templeton

Jai Templeton

Republican

Senate District 26 Candidate

Terri Lynn Weaver

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver

Republican

House District 40

Ryan Williams

Rep. Ryan Williams

Republican

House District 42

I believe that Tennessee's emergency powers statutes are sufficient and require no further debate.

No candidates have given this answer.

I am unsure.

The following candidates answered this way.
Matthew Hill

Rep. Matthew Hill

Republican

House District 7

Other

The following candidates gave their own answers

"I feel that we elect the governor to do what is best for us in times like these, so I think the election serves as the people’s checks and balances for this office. "

Carol Abney

Carol Abney

Republican Candidate

House District 38

"I sponsored a bill to restrict the Gov's power;I agree with FACT that Tennessee's emergency powers statutes should be re-examined to provide some legislative check or balance on a governor’s authority to suspend our laws"

Bruce Griffey

Rep. Bruce Griffey

Republican

House District 75

"We can always take a look and debate the use of power by our governor and our state legislators as well."

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