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State Rep. Tim Hicks passes first bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Rep. Tim Hicks, R-Gray, officially passed his first bill as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly and the House Republican Caucus. House Bill 764 passed unanimously on Thursday, March 25.

House Bill 764 updates an outdated 1939 statute dealing with the State Soil Conservation Board and Soil Conservation Districts.

The bill changes the name of the state soil conservation committee to the Tennessee Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the name of each soil conservation district in Tennessee’s 95 counties to Soil and Water Conservation Districts. These name changes reflect the focus on soil erosion reduction and the preservation and improvement of state water resources. The powers and duties of the commission and districts are revised by placing more emphasis on collaboration to improve Tennessee water quality by reducing soil erosion.

“This bill makes many much-needed changes to Tennessee’s state soil conservation laws,” Hicks said. “I was proud to carry this legislation on behalf of Gov. Bill Lee and House leadership, and I applaud my colleagues in the General Assembly for their overwhelming support of this bill.”

The full text for House Bill 764 can be found here.

Tim Hicks represents House District 6, which includes part of Washington County. He serves on the Education Instruction, Health and Transportation Committees, and is also a member of the Education Instruction and Transportation Subcommittees. He can be reached at [email protected] or 615-741-1717.

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