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Monday, March 31, 2008

From Tennessee LEAF

To those interested in preserving our environment and beautiful mountains please voice your support now for LEAF's (tnleaf.org) Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act (SB 3822/HB 3348). The act is needed to place more of the necessary authority in the hands of our local government so that it is able to pass and enforce local regulations to mitigate the risks to our state's environment and the beauty of our land. Our state's tourism is largely dependent on our mountains, and tourism accounts for 81,000 jobs and $241 million in tax revenue in Tennessee.

LEAF received a favorable opinion on Tuesday from the Tennessee Attorney General's Office and is on the calendar Wednesday, April 2, for a very important House Environment subcommittee followed by the Senate committee on the same day. If the bill does not pass the House subcommittee, Senate supporters will never get to vote on the legislation.

Please call, write, or e-mail the House subcommittee members and the Governor:

John C. Tidwell (615) 741-4324 john.tidwell@legislature.state.tn.us

David Hawk (615) 741-7482 david.hawk@legislature.state.tn.us

Joe McCord (615) 741-5481 joe.mccord@legislature.state.tn.us

Frank Niceley (615) 741-4419 frank.niceley@legislature.state.tn.us

George Fraley (615) 741-8695 george.fraley@legislature.state.tn.us

Phil Bredesen (615) 741-2001 phil.bredesen@state.tn.us.


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