NASHVILLE — Newer models of vehicles under three years old would be exempt from Tennessee’s vehicle emission test under legislation co-sponsored by three Hamilton County lawmakers.
Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson R-Hixson, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and House Transportation Committee Chairman Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, have put their names on the bill that would apply to owners of vehicles in Hamilton County and five other counties where emissions testing is mandatory.
In a news release, Dean called the proposal a “common sense bill. There is no need to test these cars.”
The legislation has been assigned to the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee and the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...