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Nuisance Bill to be discussed in congressional hearing

September 10th, 2009 by Dana Wright

House Bill 2154 sponsored by Representative Joe McCord (R-Maryville) and its companion bill Senate Bill 2154 sponsored by Senator Lowe Finney (D-Jackson) are referred to as the Nuisance Bills.  This legislation was one of the most destructive bills to emerge during this year’s legislative session.  It makes it so those actions conducted under a state permit which impact your property, yourself, or your livelihood in a negative manner are no longer “nuisances” as defined by law.  It strips away anyone’s right to be compensated from the negative consequences of a nuisance if the activity causing the nuisance was conducted under a state permit.  This bill is an especially dangerous threat to our private property rights and protection from pollution. 

 Permit or no permit, no one has a right to create problems to other people’s properties and we have right to recover damages if someone else negatively impacts our property.

 The hearing is September 21.  If you are interested in attending and/or testifying feel free to contact Ms. Barnes, the administrative assistant to Judiciary Chairman Coleman, at [email protected].  You can also contact your congressional representatives and let them know you want your property and self to remain protected from nuisances.



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