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Representative Carter’s Bill Moving Tennessee Away From Mandatory Emissions Testing Passes

April 17, 2018

HB 1782 cosponsored by Speaker Harwell and Hamilton County Legislative Delegation

(NASHVILLE) – An initiative sponsored by State Representative Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) and cosponsored by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), State Representative Marc Gravitt (R-East Ridge), State Representative Patsy Hazlewood (R-Signal Mountain), State Representative Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), and State Representative JoAnne Favors (R-Chattanooga) requiring counties to take all necessary steps to end mandatory vehicle emissions testing in Tennessee has passed in the House chamber.

House Bill 1782 — approved by a 96-0 vote tally by House members Monday night — would apply to citizens of Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties where vehicle emissions testing is still required prior to vehicle registration or renewal.

The 1990 Federal Clean Air Act required the state to develop more restrictive regulations to control air pollution from mobile sources in counties which were not meeting the Federal Standards for air quality.

Currently, testing is done on vehicles with a model year of 1975 and newer if they are powered by a gasoline or diesel engine and weigh up to 10,500 lbs.  Over 1.5 million vehicles went through emissions testing in Tennessee last year in the six counties where it is required.

The idea for House Bill 1782 resulted from a conversation between Representative Carter and a constituent last year who voiced her concerns about the burdensome costs of testing on her family. Once the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) released a report last August revealing that all 95 Tennessee counties met federal air quality health standards, it became clear to Representative Carter that mandatory testing was no longer needed.

“The idea that we have to choose between clean air and this costly, burdensome practice impacting Tennessee’s working families is a false choice, and I reject it,” said Representative Carter. “Vehicle emissions testing has outlived its usefulness, and House Bill 1782 moves Tennessee away from it. This measure will have a life-changing impact on our working families while also maintaining total air quality. I look forward to its passage in the Senate, and I know it is in great hands with Senator Bo Watson leading the efforts in order for it to clear its final legislative hurdle.”

“Our citizens who can least afford to participate in this obsolete form of testing are being unfairly penalized,” added Speaker Harwell.  “I am proud to have cosponsored legislation that will enable them  to save more of their hard-earned money and won’t harm air quality in cities and towns across the state.”

House Bill 1782 now awaits passage in the Senate. For more information about this initiative, click here.

State Representatives Carter, Gravitt, Hazlewood, McCormick, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah), State Representative Marc Gravitt (R-East Ridge), State Representative Patsy Hazlewood (R-Signal Mountain), State Representative Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Hamilton County Schools have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in the Chattanooga area.

Specifically, Hamilton County Schools received $654,000.

This funding is a direct result of a Republican-led effort by Tennessee General Assembly members to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide $18 million to cover school district growth as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

These significant investments will allow many of our state’s school districts with soaring populations to maintain proper student to teacher ratios so that they can continue offering quality education for our next generation of leaders.

“With this investment, schools will be able to add resources as they add students. This will ensure that our students continue to get a quality education throughout Tennessee,” said Representative Hazlewood.

“As leaders of our community, the Hamilton County Delegation is pleased that our local schools are receiving this vital funding. We will continue to fight for additional resources in order to ensure that our teachers and students have the tools they need to succeed,” said Representative Carter.

“As we prepare our young people for successful futures, it is vital that we keep up with the costs that come with expanding student bodies,” said Representative Gravitt. “My hope is that this funding will achieve just that.”

“We look forward at the state level to continue to partner with and support our students in Hamilton County and the entire state,” said Representative McCormick.

The inclusion of growth funding as part of the budget has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that the governor has added an additional $18 million in growth funding as part of his Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Patsy Hazlewood serves as a member of the House Business and Utilities Committee, the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee, the House Ethics Committee, as well as the House Finance Ways and Means Subcommittee. Hazlewood lives in Signal Mountain and represents House District 27, which includes part of Hamilton County. She can be reached by email at Rep.Patsy.Hazlewood@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2746.

Mike Carter serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. He also serves as a member on the House Civil Justice Committee, the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee, and the House Ethics Committee. Carter lives in Ooltewah and represents House District 29, which includes part of Hamilton County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Mike.Carter@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3025.

Marc Gravitt serves as a member of House Business and Utilities Committee, the House Local Government Committee, and the House Business and Utilities Subcommittee. Gravitt lives in East Ridge and represents House District 30, which includes part of Hamilton County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Marc.Gravitt@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1934.

Gerald McCormick serves as the Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee. He also serves as a member on the House Business and Utilities Committee, as well as the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee. McCormick lives in Chattanooga and represents House District 26, which includes part of Hamilton County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Gerald.McCormick@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2548.

State Representative Gerald McCormick To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) today announced that he will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.

While Nashville is considered a healthcare hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smoke, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state.

Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health outcomes.

“While we have made considerable strides improving the well-being and quality of life of our residents in recent years, we have more work ahead of us in 2018,” said Chairman McCormick. “This caucus is a tremendous opportunity for my colleagues and I to learn more about some of the critical health and lifestyle issues that are impacting our residents and create innovative solutions in order to address them.”

For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit http://healthierTN.com.

Gerald McCormick is the Chairman of the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee and serves on the House Business & Utilities Committee, House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, and House Rules Committee. He is also a member of the House Finance, Ways & Means Study Subcommittee. McCormick lives in Chattanooga and represents House District 26, which includes part of Hamilton County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Gerald.McCormick@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2548.

 

Representative McCormick, House Business & Utilities Committee Members Support Tennessee’s Economic Growth In 2017

September 28, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — During the 2017 legislative session, State Representative Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) and fellow House Business and Utilities Committee members — led by Chairman Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) — effectively supported Tennessee’s job growth and upheld the consumer rights of citizens across the state. Committee members advanced a total of 34 legislative initiatives in 2017; thirty were signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives spurred community development, reduced government regulations and red tape, improved consumer safety and choice and protected Tennesseans against fraud. Some of the legislation includes:

  • House Bill 529: Expands access to reliable broadband internet services across the state, especially in rural communities.
  • House Bill 119: Clarifies previously established guidelines for utility management review boards.
  • House Bill 300:  Streamlines professional licensing requirements for businesses and professionals.
  • House Bill 326:  Prevents businesses from engaging in fraud or other unethical practices in order to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • House Bill 456:  Protects personal property rights of Tennessee veterans.
  • House Bill 979:  Encourages new business opportunities for licensed professionals.
  • House Bill 1050: Increases penalties for fraud cases involving telephone identity theft.

“The men and women who serve on the House Business and Utilities Committee have worked tirelessly throughout 2017 in order to ensure that our consumers and businesses are promoted and protected,” said Chairman Marsh. “As I reflect on our work, I know we supported community development, reduced government regulations, and red tape, and also advocated on behalf of our local businesses. I look forward to continuing our state’s economic growth and momentum next year.”

Additionally, the efforts of the committee did not go unnoticed by House leadership, especially Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).

“I want to personally thank the hardworking members of the House Business and Utilities Committee for serving as a voice for Tennessee businesses and consumers,” said Speaker Harwell. “Their efforts during the 2017 legislative session will have a tremendous impact on our state now and in the years to come.”

Gerald McCormick is the Chairman of the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee and serves on the House Business & Utilities Committee, House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, House Rules Committee, and the House Calendar & Rules Committee. He is also a member of the House Finance, Ways & Means Study Subcommittee. McCormick lives in Chattanooga and represents House District 26, which includes part of Hamilton County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Gerald.McCormick@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2548.