Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver’s Newsroom

Sumner County Delegation Applauds Passage Of Bill Moving State Away From Mandatory Vehicle Emissions Testing

April 25, 2018

HB 1782 receives broad support in House

(NASHVILLE) – Members of the Sumner County Legislative Delegation, including State Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown), State Representative Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), and State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) enabling 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 — would apply to citizens of Sumner County 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 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 Sumner County Legislative Delegation that mandatory testing was no longer needed.

“Vehicle emissions testing is a costly process that places unnecessary burdens on our working families,” said Representative Lamberth. “It is an honor to support legislation that will enable them to save more of their hard-earned money while also preserving total air quality.”

“There is absolutely no reason for us to have to choose between clean air and this outdated form of testing,” said Representative Rogers. “House Bill 1782 moves Tennessee away from mandatory vehicle emissions testing; this will have a life-changing impact on our working families.”

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

For more information about House Bill 1782, click here.

State Rep. Weaver’s Capitol Hill Review: 2/22/18

February 23, 2018

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Smith County Schools have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in the county.

Specifically, Smith County Schools received $35,500.

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.

“As our community grows, so should our schools. I’m delighted to be a part of such a critical effort to provide the resources that our educators need to invest in our students,” said Representative Weaver.

This funding has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam added another $18 million in growth funds to his proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Terri Lynn Weaver serves as Chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee. She is also a member of the House Transportation Committee, as well as the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. Weaver lives in Lancaster and represents House District 40, which includes Smith, Trousdale, and part of DeKalb and Sumner Counties. She can be reached by email at: Rep.Terri.Lynn.Weaver@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2192.

State Representatives Clark Boyd & Terri Lynn Weaver, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 21, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon), State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that DeKalb County Schools have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in the county.

Specifically, DeKalb County Schools received $120,500.

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.

“Providing a quality education for this next generation of Tennesseans is a top priority for me,” said Representative Boyd. “I am honored and proud to work with my Republican colleagues as we continue that fight today and every day.”

“As our community grows, so should our schools,” said Representative Weaver. “I’m delighted to be a part of such a critical effort to provide the resources that our educators need to invest in our students.”

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 proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Clark Boyd serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Boyd lives in Lebanon and represents House District 46, which includes Cannon, and part of Wilson and Dekalb Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Clark.Boyd@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7086.

Terri Lynn Weaver serves as Chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee. She is also a member of the House Transportation Committee, as well as the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. Weaver lives in Lancaster and represents House District 40, which includes Smith, Trousdale, and part of DeKalb and Sumner Counties. She can be reached by email at: Rep.Terri.Lynn.Weaver@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2192.

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver Announces Broadband Accessibility Grants For District 40

January 26, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) today announced two broadband grants totaling more than $3 million dollars from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD) for broadband expansion in House District 40.

Approximately $1.35 million in funding was awarded to Tri-County Fiber Communications, LLC for expansion in Sumner and Trousdale Counties. Additionally, DTC Communications — which serves Wilson and Smith Counties — will receive $1.7 million.

The monies are a part of the Broadband Accessibility Grant Program; it is designed to offset capital expenses in the deployment areas of broadband in unserved areas. The overall goal of the program is to facilitate broadband access to all Tennesseans while promoting practices that increase deployment and promote broadband adoption. Funding targets areas that are unlikely to receive services without grant funding.

“Over the years, we have worked with constituents, local governments, and state officials to expand rural broadband in District 40; it has truly been a coalition effort,” said Representative Weaver. “This investment means children will be able to expand their knowledge, small businesses will grow, and families can stay better connected. I am so thrilled, grateful, and happy for our district.”

In 2017, Representative Weaver fought for increased access to reliable broadband services for the residents of her community, sponsoring the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act.

The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act addresses broadband access and adoption through business investment and deregulation. Coupled with the state budget, the legislation makes targeted investments through grants and tax credits that focus on the state’s unserved areas. The legislation also permits the state’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives to provide retail broadband service — something they have been completely unable to do in the past.

For more information about the Broadband Accessibility Grant Program, please click here.

Terri Lynn Weaver serves as Chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee. She is also a member of the House Transportation Committee, as well as the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. Weaver lives in Lancaster and represents House District 40, which includes Smith, Trousdale, and part of DeKalb and Sumner Counties. She can be reached by email at: Rep.Terri.Lynn.Weaver@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2192.

 

The Loop from Representative Terri Lynn Weaver: 05/03

May 3, 2017

Greetings, Fabulous Folks of the Fortieth,

With the first half of the 110th General Assembly only a few days away from standing in recess, to say that session has been a whirlwind is a tremendous understatement, indeed!  No other time in my working for District 40 can I recall the enormous amount of tension on the backs of all who were involved in the political landscape in Nashville.  Both of the committees on which I served, Transportation and Education, had TV cameras every week ready to report on such topics as:  The GasTax, Seatbelts on School Buses, School Vouchers, and In-State Tuition for Illegals.  Now that committees are closed until 2018, it truly is a little easier to breathe.

However, I confess to you, and ask your forgiveness for, the lack of weekly “LOOPS” that were to be in your inboxes during Legislative session.  Many of you commented on the numerous news reports you saw in which I made my stance on those hot-topic issues of the day very apparent.  The Coffee Conversations throughout the district also kept me on the same page with those whom I am honored to serve.  But the halls of the Plaza are a little quieter today and thus, the opportunity to share with you my thoughts about the up and coming budget that we, as a legislative body, are required by our state constitution to pass.  We are expected to vote on it as early as Thursday of this week.

Herein lies the rub.  According to Article II Section 24 of the Tennessee Constitution, it says, “In no year shall the rate of growth of appropriations from state revenues exceed the estimated rate of growth of the state’s economy as determined by law.”  In other words, the State Budget cannot grow more rapidly than the Tennessee economy.  We measure the Tennessee economy by the average personal income growth by the citizens of the state.  The Copeland Cap is a fiscal restraint that will keep government spending in check, and I gave an oath—my word—to uphold the Tennessee Constitution.

I voted against the Gas Tax because I saw it as a burden on those whom I represent.  The working poor to middle class (me included) who drive up to and beyond 600 miles per week in their cars will pay the brunt of this tax, not to mention the small businesses who deliver goods who will not be exempt from any of those “historic tax cuts” given to the big guys.  The “biggest tax decrease in Tennessee history” gimmick only gives permission to spend without restraint instead of using the existing revenues to meet the needs of priorities.  And Yes, transportation is and must be treated as a priority!  There most certainly is an addiction problem in our state, and it is not just opiates, but government never having enough of the people’s purse.

So, I will stand in support of protecting the Constitution by upholding the Copeland Cap, because I gave my word to do just that, even if I stand alone!

 

Blessings,

Terri Lynn

 

Please join me for upcoming Coffee and Conversations* on Friday mornings in your county:

1st Fri    8-9:00  DeKalb–Angie’s Diner, 918 W Broad St, Smithville* CANCELLED FOR 5/5/17

2nd Fri   8-9:00  Trousdale–L & T Early Bird Cafe, 414 Andrews Ave, Hartsville*

3rd Fri    8-9:00  Smith–Smith Co Chamber, 939 Upper Ferry Rd, Carthage*

4th Fri     7:30-8:30 Sumner–(Jan-Apr) Good Morning Gallatin, hosted by Gallatin Chamber, at Sumner Regional Medical Center, 555 Hartsville Pike

8-9:00  Sumner–(Sept-Dec)  Mable’s Dining Room, 1005 S Water Ave, Gallatin