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GOP lawmakers continue efforts to restrict Tennessee's public health emergency options

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(Mike Osborne) — Tennessee’s Republican led state legislature continued to push new restrictions this week on how the COVID-19 pandemic can be addressed.

On Wednesday evening, the Tennessee House Public Service Sub-Committee will debate a measure that would exempt houses of worship from public health mandates. The measure is sponsored by Franklin Rep. Glen Casada.

On Tuesday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee advanced a measure that would force employers to allow health and religious exemptions for any company-wide pandemic vaccine requirement. The bill is sponsored by Knoxville Republican Jason Zachary.