2020 Legislative Impact Summary
Tennessee Conservation Voters is pleased to present our 2020 Legislative Impact Summary. Because of your support, we made significant progress in this year’s legislative session.
TCV advocated to pass a bill prohibiting plastic bag distribution for carry-out materials. The bill received much more bipartisan legislative support than most advocates and legislators expected. The bill was sent to a summer study committee in the Senate for further consideration, a serious step forward and an opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationships with legislators and educate them on this issue.
TCV worked with member group Scenic Tennessee to negotiate commonsense billboard regulations to beautify and improve the safety of our roadways. Without this bill, the federal Department of Transportation may have withdrawn $93 million in federal funding from our state.
TCV worked closely with the Tennessee Sierra Club, Senate sponsor Steve Dickerson, and others to fight for our waterways and for the safety of our communities by supporting a bill to prevent waste tire dumping. This bill would also have provided local governments with resources to promote proper tire recycling. Although this bill did not pass, it garnered promising bipartisan support and we believe it will return next year with a more favorable outcome.
TCV engaged in exciting conversations with legislators and allies about how to reduce the harmful environmental impacts of new development and how to streamline the compensatory mitigation process.
TCV, in close cooperation with Harpeth Conservancy and other allies, fought a bill that would weaken the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's ability to regulate decentralized sewage systems. As a result of these coordinated opposition efforts, the bill was halted in the Senate, preventing serious threats to public and environmental health.
TCV continued to host weekly bill review sessions and distribute weekly key bill calendars and calls to action on important environmental challenges and opportunities.
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