Tennessee Bill to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection Approved by Second Committee With Favorable Amendment


Tennessee Bill to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection Approved by Second Committee With Favorable Amendment 

Legislation (H.B. 721) to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars was approved by the House Government Operations Committee.  Having already been approved by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, the bill will next be considered by the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee.  Under the original bill, vehicles that are three years old and newer and that have an odometer reading of less than 36,000 miles would be excused from the emissions test.  Under the new amended bill, all vehicles three years old and newer would be excused regardless of mileage.  Current law only exempts new motor vehicles being registered for the first time or one year from initial registration.

Please Contact House Finance, Ways and Means CommitteeMembers (Contact InformationBelow) Immediately to Request Support for H.B. 721.

  • H.B. 721 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the new vehicles targeted for this exemption.
  • H.B. 721 acknowledges that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results of which demonstrate no significant air quality benefits.   The idea behind exempting any class of vehicles is to reduce costs while not losing appreciable emission reductions.  This strategy builds support for emission inspection programs, but also directs finite resources to where they will be most valuable in cleaning the air.
  • Tennessee already exempts pre-1975 vehicles from emissions testing.  The logic for this trend is clear; such vehicles do not contribute in significant ways to air quality problems.  This logic applies equally to newer cars.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee immediately to request their support for H.B. 721

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

Tennessee House Finance, Ways and Means Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov; rep.david.alexander@capitol.tn.gov; rep.joe.armstrong@capitol.tn.gov; rep.kevin.brooks@capitol.tn.gov; rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov; rep.mike.carter@capitol.tn.gov; rep.barbara.cooper@capitol.tn.gov; rep.bill.dunn@capitol.tn.gov; rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov; rep.brenda.gilmore@capitol.tn.gov; rep.mike.harrison@capitol.tn.gov; rep.david.hawk@capitol.tn.gov; rep.ryan.haynes@capitol.tn.gov; rep.patsy.hazlewood@capitol.tn.gov; rep.matthew.hill@capitol.tn.gov; rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov; rep.susan.lynn@capitol.tn.gov; rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov; rep.steve.mcdaniel@capitol.tn.gov; rep.steve.mcmanus@capitol.tn.gov; rep.larry.miller@capitol.tn.gov; rep.bo.mitchell@capitol.tn.gov; rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Charles Sargent (Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-6808
Email: rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov

Representative David Alexander (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-8695
Email: rep.david.alexander@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Joe Armstrong
Phone: (615) 741-0768
Email: rep.joe.armstrong@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Kevin Brooks
Phone: (615) 741-1350
Email: rep.kevin.brooks@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Karen Camper
Phone: (615) 741-1898
Email: rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Mike Carter
Phone: (615) 741-3025
Email: rep.mike.carter@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Barbara Cooper
Phone: (615) 741-4295
Email: rep.barbara.cooper@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Bill Dunn
Phone: (615) 741-1721
Email: rep.bill.dunn@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Craig Fitzhugh
Phone: (615) 741-2134
Email: rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Brenda Gilmore
Phone: (615) 741-1997
Email: rep.brenda.gilmore@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Mike Harrison
Phone: (615) 741-7480
Email: rep.mike.harrison@capitol.tn.gov

Representative David Hawk
Phone: (615) 741-7482
Email: rep.david.hawk@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Ryan Haynes
Phone: (615) 741-2264
Email: rep.ryan.haynes@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Patsy Hazlewood
Phone: (615) 741-2746
Email: rep.patsy.hazlewood@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Matthew Hill
Phone: (615) 741-2251
Email: rep.matthew.hill@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Curtis Johnson
Phone: (615) 741-4341
Email: rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Susan Lynn
Phone: (615) 741-7462
Email: rep.susan.lynn@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Gerald McCormick
Phone: (615) 741-2548
Email: rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Steve McDaniel
Phone: (615) 741-0750
Email: rep.steve.mcdaniel@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Steve McManus
Phone: (615) 741-1920
Email: rep.steve.mcmanus@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Larry Miller
Phone: (615) 741-4453
Email: rep.larry.miller@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Bo Mitchell
Phone: (615) 741-4317
Email: rep.bo.mitchell@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Curry Todd
Phone: (615) 741-1866
Email: rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov