Lawmakers may jettison management-services provider contract in new digs

Gov. Bill Haslam looks on during a press conference at CADAS on Thursday, July 6, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Haslam, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price, Judge Duane Slone, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and recovering opioid addict and mother of three Mallie Moore spoke on the opioid crisis.

NASHVILLE - As the Tennessee General Assembly prepares to relocate this fall to new digs at a renovated Cordell Hull State Office Building, legislative leaders are looking to become masters of their own space.

Among other things, they may decide not to use Gov. Bill Haslam's favorite real estate management-services provider, Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, for janitorial, maintenance and other work.

Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell confirmed to the Times Free Press that JLL has no automatic lock on a contract for services at the 1950s-era Cordell Hull building when a $116 million renovation is complete. Cordell Hull was a congressman who was President Franklin Roosevelt's secretary of state during World War II.

"We have decided to put it out for bid, and of course, they can bid and other companies might bid," McNally said.