16 Apr 2001
March 1, 2001
September 23, 2000
April 17, 2000
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES for March 27-31,
Contact: Kay Linder (Tennessee Conservation
Voters), [email protected]
HB3002 McAfee/SB3074 Ramsey - The Inter-basin
Water Transfer Act passed to the full House Environment Committee.
This bill gives the State the authority to regulate how much water
is transferred from Tennessee's basins and rivers.
Legislators still have questions and concerns so the bill has been
deferred several times, after much discussion.
HB825Rinks/SB402 Cooper - This bill
shifts money from the Wetland Acquisition Fund to a State Park Maintenance
Fund. After MUCH discussion
and concern about wetlands expressed by almost every committee member,
the bill passed from the Environment Committee to Finance, Ways, &
Means. In the end, only Rep.
Odom and Rep. Kernell voted against passage to the Finance Committee.
HB2893Rinks/SB3270 - This bill adds
Benton, Decatur and Hardin Counties to the West TN River Basin Authority
and moves the Authority under the auspices of TWRA.
Rep. Rinks is moving this bill with his wetlands bill as part of
a package to shift funds to save parks.
This bill passed from House Environment to House Finance, Ways,