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Gov Lee’s Voucher-like Proposal Moves Forward by One Vote

Newly elected Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee.. Photo from BillLee.com

An already contentious voucher-like proposal took a dramatic turn in Tennessee as Republican leaders refused to acknowledge a vote spiking the proposal on the House floor and Senate leaders advocated for a drastically different version.
Tuesday’s action marked the latest evolution stemming from Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal – known as a voucher-style program allowing families to take public dollars to pay for private school tuition and other expenses.
In the House, Speaker Glen Casada refused to accept a vote tally spiking the voucher bill by just one vote. Instead, he held the floor for more than 30 minutes until a fellow Republican flipped his vote.
Casada’s action sparked outcry from Democrats, who argued the decision likely violated the state’s constitution.