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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.

Rep. White, House Business & Utilities Committee Members Support Tennessee’s Continued Economic Growth In 2017

October 16, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) 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.

“As a former small business owner, I know firsthand the impact that laws and regulations can have on companies and consumers,” said Rep. White. “I am honored to serve on the House Business & Utilities Committee and to be able to work alongside my colleagues to ensure that Tennessee continues to thrive through smaller, smarter government and the implementation of common-sense, conservative policies.”

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.”

Rep. White, a former teacher, and small business owner is serving her third term in the General Assembly. She lives in Murfreesboro and represents District 37 in Rutherford County, which includes portions of Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, Walter Hill and Leanna.