NASHVILLE — Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally predicted Thursday that Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed “TN Together” plan to address the state’s opioid crisis will have broad backing among state lawmakers, but legislative Democrats continue to charge the proposal falls well short of the mark.
“The governor, I think, will receive wide support from the Legislature,” McNally, the Senate speaker, told reporters during top GOP Senate leaders’ weekly news conference.
McNally noted the $30 million proposal relies on law enforcement and interdictions, treatment and education, not just for the public but for physicians on prescribing patterns, along with limits on initial prescriptions on painkillers.
Senator Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, center, is sworn in as Senate Speaker by former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. McNally succeeds Sen. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, who did not seek re-election. Lawmakers convened for the 110th Tennessee General Assembly with new leadership in the Senate and a House speaker eying a gubernatorial bid. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Senator Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, center, is