Lt. Governors From Across The Country Meet In Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Many of the second most powerful state politicians from across the country are in Nashville this week. They are Lt. Governors, who often play key roles in setting their state's legislative and political agendas.

Just a few blocks from the state capitol, the Lt. Governors shared a lot of the same issues facing Tennessee.

Hearing alarming new figures about America's drug crisis is something being processed by Lt. Governors like Tennessee's Randy McNally.

They may be number two, but in this state, few bills get passed without their blessing, and they pick up ideas about future legislation at national gatherings like this.

Case in point is the drug crisis and hearing about what Connecticut is doing.

“Any individual caught with Fentanyl can be charged with murder, any individual selling it can be charged with murder, that is very interesting,” says McNally.

Along with the drug crisis, watching what Washington will do with Medicaid funds given to states is key, because nearly a quarter of any state's residents are on those federal programs.

“That's over a third of the state's budget,” says McNally.

McNally was elected by his fellow senators to succeed longtime Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, who surprisingly retired last year. With changes aplenty in the Tennessee senate, what about the Lt. Governor, which is also called Speaker of the Senate?

“I am gearing up and will run for my senate seat and then run for Speaker of the Senate,” says McNally.

That means the Lt. Governor will be facing two elections in the coming 18 months. One from his constituents. One from his fellow senators.

McNally, who hails from oak ridge, is the legislature's longest serving member.
 


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