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Rutherford County Delegation’s Bill Moving Tennessee Away From Vehicle Emissions Testing Passes

April 19, 2018

HB 1782 passes by 96-0 vote tally in House Monday night

(NASHVILLE) – An initiative sponsored by State Representative Tim Rudd (R- Murfreesboro), State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), State Representative Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro), and State Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) 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 this week — is a permissive bill that would apply to residents of Rutherford County where 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 came following a report from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) released last August revealing that all 95 Tennessee counties met federal air quality health standards; after this report was issued, it became clear to the Rutherford County Legislative Delegation that mandatory testing was no longer needed.

“The mandatory vehicle emissions testing requirement places unnecessary stress and financial burdens on hardworking families,” said Representative White. “House Bill 1782 moves Tennessee away from the annual emissions testing requirement, and I know this move will have a positive impact on Rutherford County residents.”

“Those who can least afford to participate in vehicle emissions testing are being unfairly penalized,” added Representative Terry.  “I am proud to have sponsored legislation that will enable them to save more of their hard-earned money and also maintain total air quality.”

“As an entrepreneur in and around the auto industry most of my life, and as a former employee of the auto industry, I have seen first-hand the financial strain that vehicle emissions testing places on our families,” said Representative Sparks. “Our state has improved our clean air and reached attainment, and I am pleased that my colleagues support House Bill 1782 because it is a solution that will create more financial flexibility for our citizens while protecting their health and preserving our environment.”

“Vehicle owners in Rutherford County should not be punished as air quality standards have been met,” said Representative Rudd.  “Emission testing is not only time-consuming, but it has costs attached; these costs are especially hard for our working families. I am pleased that House Bill 1782 makes managing their finances a little easier.”

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

Representative Rudd, House Insurance & Banking Committee Members Produce Strong 2017 Results

July 17, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, the House Insurance and Banking Committee was particularly active in the legislative process. Thanks to the hard work of State Representative Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro), the committee advanced a total of 23 legislative initiatives with eighteen of those bills being signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives support business growth and development, cut prescription and health care costs, and improve communication between providers and patients. Some of the legislation includes:

  • House Bill 18: Reduces the cost burden of prescription eye drop refills for patients.
  • House Bill 77: Clarifies guidelines for insurance coverage of off-highway vehicles.
  • House Bill 150: Increases totals paid out to benefactors of deceased investors.
  • House Bill 280: Revises fee provisions for owners under the vehicle insurance verification program.
  • House Bill 304: Promotes business growth by reducing government regulations.
  • House Bill 338: Lowers health care costs and improves the quality of care public elementary and secondary school students receive.
  • House Bill 405: Protects licensed pharmacists from discrimination by managed health insurance providers.
  • House Bill 498: Improves communication between health providers and patients.

“Serving alongside the men and women on my committee is an absolute honor; Tennesseans are well-served by the dedicated members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee,” said the Committee Chairman, State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton). “As I reflect on our work in 2017, I believe we all fought diligently on behalf of small businesses, health care patients and providers, and the entire state. I look forward to continuing our work for the people of Tennessee during the 2018 legislative session.”

“Serving on the Insurance & Banking Sub and Full Committees was an absolute pleasure,” said Representative Rudd. “Overseeing the insurance and finance needs of my fellow Tennesseans is an honor and a privilege that I do not take lightly.”

Furthermore, 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 Insurance and Banking Committee for their dedication to growth and stability throughout Tennessee,” said Speaker Harwell. “Their work during the 2017 legislative session will deeply impact and improve the lives of Tennesseans everywhere.”

Tim Rudd is a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee and the House State Government Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Rudd lives in Murfreesboro and represents House District 34, which includes part of Rutherford County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Tim.Rudd@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2804.

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