TCV Legislative Update – February 8, 2019
The deadline to file bills has passed, therefore all bills that we will see throughout the 2019 legislative session have been filed. We will keep our bill reports fairly thorough until we get a clearer picture on what the intent of each bill is and whether it will gain momentum. We may pare this list down so please let us know if you definitely want us to keep following certain bills. Follow the link below to review the bills we are tracking:
TCV Weekly Bill Report – February 8, 2019
There are very few committee meetings next week where environmental bills will be heard in committee. SB178/ HB165 will be reviewed in both the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee and the Senate Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. The committees will review this to determine if the commissioner of TDEC can issue permits for installation of septic tanks to people who cannot connect to the public sewer system.
Submit your address here to see if your legislator is on one of the above committees who will be revieiwng SB178/ HB165. If they are, you will have the opportunity to write and send a letter to them using talking points provided.
TCV Calendar Report- Week of February 11th
Please let us know if you know of other bills which might have positive or negative impacts on key environmental issues.
Save the Date for Conservation Education Day on the Hill!
Conservation Education Day will be held on March 5th-6th this year. Conservation Education Day is a joint effort of the Tennessee Environmental Council, the Tennessee Sierra Club, and the Tennessee Conservation Voters. This is an opportunity for people who care about environment and conservation issues to meet with their state legislators to promote the passage of bills which preserve and protect our water, air and lands, and attempt to block bills which would bring harm to our precious environment. There will be legislative skills training the night before legislative visits on Tuesday March 5th. Meetings with legislators will be on Wednesday, March 6th, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Cordell Hull building. Start scheduling meetings with your legislator now for March 6th!