Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update


House approves bill protecting critical energy infrastructure - The House chamber passed legislation to protect critical energy infrastructure statewide. Sponsored by State Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville, House Bill 2246 prevents local governments from blocking such infrastructure while preserving local zoning authority. Because energy infrastructure often crosses multiple county lines, the bill ensures local governments may not ban vital energy infrastructure that serves the needs of citizens.

“Infrastructure, which includes pipelines, terminals and pump stations, are essential to ensure affordable, reliable and sustainable fuel and industrial materials are available to support Tennessee’s economy as well as the day-to-day demands to meet local and state transportation and manufacturing needs. This infrastructure extends well beyond the boundaries of any single local government. This legislation is necessary to ensure consumer choice will not be limited.”

Republicans protect end-of-life visitation - The General Assembly unanimously approved Republican legislation that requires nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Tennessee to allow a resident to have at least one visitor during end-of-life situations during a declared disaster, emergency or public health emergency for COVID-19 if the visitor meets certain conditions. House Bill 2535 specifies the visitor’s presence must not violate any federal or state law, rule or guidance. The legislation went to Gov. Bill Lee to be signed into law.

As always, I am truly humbled and honored to be your voice on Capitol Hill. If there is ever any issue I can assist with, please reach out to my office by calling 615-741-2190 or emailing me at [email protected].


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