Legislative Update 2.15.2019
TCV Legislative Update – February 15, 2019
The legislative calendar for next week does not disclose many actionable items. But in terms of communicating with legislators, this could still be an important week. Key bills summarized in the bill report deal with diverse issues including landfills, brownfield redevelopment projects, Reelfoot Lake as a proposed new Tennessee heritage site, coal mining, impacts of off-highway motor vehicles on terrain, potential changes in regulation of non-motorized watercraft, expenditures from the fire environmental fund, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation public hearings, low income weatherization funding sources.
Follow the link below to review the bills we are tracking:
TCV Weekly Bill Report – February 15, 2019
Last week, we sent out an action alert on SB178/ HB165 which would allow the commissioner of TDEC can issue permits for installation of septic tanks to people who cannot connect to the public sewer system, which could result in installation of subsurface systems that may not operate properly and may result in unsafe untreated sewage and contamination. We had 22 submissions from you all to state legislators! Thanks in part to your efforts, the bill has been pushed back another two weeks. We may be calling on you again soon to continue reaching legislators on this. Remember, your efforts are making a difference!
Although the following important information is not directly related to state legislation and policy, it is worth noting and celebrating.
TVA announced that it will retire the Paradise Coal Plant by 2020 and the Bull Run Plant by 2023. The Board made a public commitment to help with a solid economic transition for the two communities affected. TVA also passed an important new policy that will made it much easier for local power companies to develop sources of renewable energy and for solar companies to provide distributed renewable projects. Advocates have promoted this change for some time. Citizen engagement makes a difference! View the full article here: Times Free Press Story.
Another bit of news is that longtime Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation key employee and current Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill is no longer with the Department. The Interim Deputy Commissioner is Ann Marshall, a respected veteran leader at TDEC and at one time the Executive Director of TCV member organization Tennessee Parks and Recreation Association.