20-HB1838/SB1934 – Boyd/Swann

Bill Description

ON MARCH 2, 2020, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1934, AS AMENDED.
AMENDMENT #1 specifies that this bill prohibits political subdivisions from prohibiting by ordinance, resolution, regulation, code, or any other requirement, the connection or reconnection of a utility service based on the type or source of energy to be delivered to an individual customer. This amendment adds a definition of political subdivision to include any form of local government.
This amendment specifies that this bill's prohibition does not limit a political subdivision's ability to:
(1) Choose utility services for properties owned by the political subdivision; or
(2) Comply with the terms and conditions of a contract between the political subdivision and the Tennessee valley authority.
This amendment specifies that if this bill's provisions conflict with federal law concerning the connection or reconnection of a utility service based upon the type or source of energy to be delivered to an individual customer, then the federal law controls.

TLRC Position

We support this bill. Any decision to supply or deny connection based on the energy source would be purely political.

TLRC Observed Process

Passes both chambers on a bi-partisan basis, but Nays were restricted to Democrats.

Vote Result: Passed

Score: +5

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