Governor Lee Signs Legislation Co-Sponsored By State Representative Mark Cochran Tossing Gym Tax

April 18, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed an initiative co-sponsored by State Representative Mark Cochran (R-Englewood) that tosses the amusement tax on small gyms.

House Bill 1138 eliminates the amusement tax on small gyms, fitness studios, and similar entities across Tennessee. It levels the playing field for these facilities so they can compete against their larger counterparts, which obtained an exemption from this burdensome regulation in 1986.

Currently, Tennessee ranks in the bottom five states for obesity and fitness. The overall goal of this initiative is to promote a healthier workforce, reduce obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of this state.

House Bill 1138 will not only support our smaller gyms and fitness facilities by increasing their business, it will lead to better health outcomes in cities and towns across Tennessee,” said Representative Cochran. “As someone who grew up working in a small family business, this bill is especially meaningful to me.  I am grateful to Governor Lee for signing this legislation, and I remain committed to supporting small business and also finding ways we can continue to improve the health and well-being of our citizens.”

For more information, please click here.

Mark Cochran serves as Majority Treasurer for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Cochran is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources and House Education Committees, as well as the House Consumer and House Higher Education Subcommittees. Cochran lives in Englewood and represents Tennessee House District 23, which includes McMinn and a portion of Monroe Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Mark.Cochran@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1725.