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Tenn. Board of Medical Examiners defy GOP lawmaker, continue policy targeting COVID-19 misinformation

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(Mike Osborne) — The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners continue to defy a leading Republican state lawmaker this week by insisting doctors who spread COVID-19 disinformation will be disciplined.

In late September, the medical board published a new policy saying any doctor disseminating COVID-19 misinformation could be disciplined, including the loss of a license to practice.

Now, the Tennessee Lookout reports House Government Operations Chairman John Ragan is threatening the board will be called to testify before his committee next month if it doesn’t immediately rescind the policy.

In late October, GOP state lawmakers called a special legislative session to terminate or curtail mask mandates, vaccination requirements and other policies intended to help battle Tennessee's ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

State health officials currently report 16,829 Tennesseans have died due to COVID-19 complications since the pandemic began 20 months ago.