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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“There is absolutely no reason for us to have to choose between clean air and this outdated form of testing,” said Representative Rogers.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.

Measure Sponsored By Representative Lamberth Enhancing Security In Tennessee Passes In House

April 18, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — This week, Republican lawmakers supported passage of a measure sponsored by State Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) strengthening safety and security in communities across Tennessee.

House Bill 2312 fights back against sanctuary cities by prohibiting state and local government officials or employees from accepting consular identification cards and other similar documents which are not authorized by the Federal Government or the State of Tennessee for identification purposes.

The bill is a preemptive measure to ensure that abuses seen in other cities in the U.S. to issue government identification cards to illegal aliens are not implemented here.

Matricula consular cards were prohibited as a source of identification for receiving a driver’s license under a law adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2003 after widespread abuse was reported.

The measure is the latest in a series of Republican-led initiatives designed to strengthen safety and security in cities and towns across our state.

“As Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, I have fought to ensure that the safety of our citizens is never jeopardized,” said Chairman Lamberth. “House Bill 2312 addresses a potential security issue before it becomes a problem here in Tennessee, and I am pleased that my Republican colleagues have chosen to support it.”

House Bill 2312 now awaits passage in the Senate. Additional information about this initiative is available by clicking here.

William Lamberth serves as Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee and is a member of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Lamberth is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules, House Ethics and House State Government Committees. He lives in Cottontown and represents House District 44, which includes part of Sumner County. Lamberth can be reached by email at Rep.William.Lamberth@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1980.

Representative Lamberth Appointed To Blue Ribbon Task Force On Juvenile Justice By House Speaker Beth Harwell

June 19, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today announced that she has appointed State Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) to the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice.

The Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee is one of four legislative members selected to serve as part of the task force. It is designed to study, evaluate, analyze, and conduct a comprehensive review of Tennessee’s juvenile justice system with an ultimate goal of developing policy recommendations that protect public safety; hold juvenile offenders accountable; curb legal costs, and also improve outcomes for youth and families in communities across the state.

“Chairman Lamberth has demonstrated his knowledge and expertise in this important area during his time serving as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly,” said Speaker Harwell. “We are fortunate to have him as a part of this task force; I know he will do a tremendous job as we take a more in-depth approach to improving public safety in Tennessee.”

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to serve with this group of lawmakers and key stakeholders as we work to make our state safer,” said Chairman Lamberth. “During the 2017 legislative session, we made considerable strides to increase protections for Tennesseans while also holding criminal offenders responsible for their actions. I believe this task force provides an exciting opportunity for us to take our work to the next level.”

The first meeting of the Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice will take place on June 28, 2017.

William Lamberth serves as Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee and is a member of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Lamberth is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules, House Ethics and House State Government Committees. He lives in Cottontown and represents House District 44, which includes part of Sumner County. Lamberth can be reached by email at Rep.William.Lamberth@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1980.

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Representative Lamberth Fights To Increase Employment Opportunities For Veterans And Their Families

March 13, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Thursday, lawmakers unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) aimed at increasing private employment opportunities for military veterans and their families.

House Bill 165 encourages private employers to hire honorably discharged veterans, spouses of a veteran with a service-connected disability, unmarried widows or widowers of veterans who died of service-connected disability, and unmarried widows or widowers of a member of the military who died in the line of duty.

Private employers that adopt a veteran’s preference must have their policy in writing and may require a potential employee to submit a certificate of release or discharge from active duty as proof of their eligibility for the preference. The veteran’s preference must be applied consistently to all employment decisions made by a company regarding hiring and promotion.

“It’s important for us to remember that our military servicemen and women make sacrifices daily in order to protect and defend our freedom,” said Representative Lamberth. “We must work with private businesses to increase employment opportunities for our veterans and their families so they can achieve their professional goals and dreams.”

House Bill 165 is the latest in a series of legislation that demonstrates support for and honors Tennessee military veterans and their families. In 2016, five soldiers killed in the Chattanooga terrorist attack were awarded the “Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal” by Governor Bill Haslam for their heroic efforts on Tennessee soil.

Recently, lawmakers also passed the National Guard Force Protection Act, which enhances protection at Tennessee National Guard facilities and military installations. Additionally, legislation passed the full House that strengthened and made the Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) program available to private, non-profit institutions of higher education throughout the state. The highly successful VETS program encourages colleges and universities to prioritize outreach to veterans and successfully deliver the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.

The full text of House Bill 165 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0165.pdf

William Lamberth is a member of the House Calendar & Rules, House State Government, House Ethics and House Criminal Justice Committees, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. He lives in Cottontown and represents House District 44 which is part of Sumner County. Lamberth can be reached by email at: Rep.William.Lamberth@capitol.tn.gov or by calling 615-741-1980.

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House Speaker Beth Harwell Works to Eliminate Opioid Abuse

January 27, 2017

Speaker Harwell Announces Task Force on Opioid Abuse

 

NASHVILLE – Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) this week created a task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse. The task force’s immediate goal will be to work on legislation, but its efforts will be ongoing to determine the best strategies for tackling the opioid epidemic. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the charts nationally with regards to prescription drug abuse.

“This task force presents an opportunity to have a very serious conversation about opioid and prescription drug abuse in our state,” said Speaker Harwell. “The statistics are devastating: there are more opioid prescriptions than there are people in Tennessee. In 2015, 1,451 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses, the highest annual number in our state’s history. And the number of babies born who have been chronically exposed to opioids is high, particularly in East Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health reports that from 2000 to 2012, the rate of babies born with exposure increased 15 fold. We can, and should, do more to ensure this is not happening.”

She continued, “The Tennessee General Assembly has passed some legislation in the past targeting the problem, but I believe we also need to look toward solutions that include treatment and prevention measures. I believe this task force can be an asset as we work to address this issue in this session and in the future.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that prescription opioid abuse has a total economic burden of $78.5 billion per year in the United States. There is an estimated $7.7 billion criminal justice cost across the country.

 

Speaker Harwell appointed the following members to the task force:

Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson, R-Clarksville – Chair

Representative JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga

Representative Curtis Halford, R-Dyer

Representative Darren Jernigan, D-Old Hickory

Representative William Lamberth, R-Portland

Representative Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro

Representative Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville

 

“I have asked the members of the task force to work toward legislation that can be filed this year, as well as working collaboratively with other members who have legislation on the topic. Working together, I am hoping we can create some comprehensive solutions to this epidemic,” concluded Speaker Harwell.

Future meeting times for the task force will be announced as they are scheduled.

 

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