ISRI members participated in the Tennessee Scrap Recycling Association (TSRA) Day on the Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Nashville, Tennessee. The occasion presented a chance for ISRI and TSRA members to facilitate direct communication with elected officials. Throughout the lobby day, attendees engaged in meaningful discussions with multiple Tennessee Representatives and Senators. Notably, the group met with Representative Rush Bricken, House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee Chair Rusty Grills, House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Representative Yusuf Hakeem.
Participants held discussions with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Paul Bailey, the sponsor of SB 1316, and House Business & Utilities Subcommittee Chair Clark Boyd, who is championing HB 484. SB 1316 and HB 484 would increase the penalty for the offense of possession of a used, detached catalytic converter by an unauthorized person from a Class A misdemeanor punishable only by fine to a Class E felony.
Alongside reviewing various bills, members engaged in discussions about Tennessee’s infrastructure and budget forecasts for 2024. In December 2023, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) revealed its proposed 10 year, $15 billion fiscally constrained plan. This plan would include both the annual TDOT work program budget of approximately $1.2 billion for 10 years plus the $3 billion State General Fund appropriation provided in the Transportation Modernization Act (TMA).
As Tennessee advances through its legislative session, ISRI staff remains committed to monitoring bills and regulations. For detailed information on the specific bills that ISRI is actively tracking in each state, we encourage you to explore ISRI’s State Resources and Tracking webpages. These pages are designed to keep users well-informed about legislation that directly impacts recyclers, providing updates categorized by state or specific issue areas.