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That Snow Day Tennessee's House Took? It Had To Get Senate's Permission First

Feb 19, 2015

What happens when one half of the Tennessee legislature wants to take a snow day? It has to ask the other half’s permission.

That’s exactly what happened Thursday morning, when the Senate was asked to approve a resolution cancelling a House session planned for the day. The idea of dragging House members back to the Capitol clearly appealed to senators who’d made the slog into work.

The voice of Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Memphis) dripped with disdain as he presented the resolution.

“Therefore” – heavy sigh – “I move the Senate suspend the rules…”

A voice vote was held, and it sounded from the press gallery that permission might actually have been denied. But Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) gave the House the benefit of the doubt.

“Motion carries,” he snapped as he smacked down his gavel to drown out the "no" votes.

Showdown averted.

“That was close,” Ramsey quipped.