Press Release from the Democratic Caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives, May 22, 2014:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Rep. Mike Stewart is applauding the Governor for vetoing a poorly thought out piece of legislation in HB2029 by Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden). The legislation, billed as stopping “flash mobs,” was amended at the last minute to make vandalism in the form of pollution punishable only as a misdemeanor, no matter the monetary amount of property damage done as a result of pollution.
“This is great news for Tennessee’s farmers and property owners who could have been harmed by this mislabeled legislation,” said Rep. Stewart. “Hopefully, this is the last time we will be asked to vote for bills that would actually cut the penalties for criminal polluters who profit by ruining their neighbors’ land.”
On April 17, Rep. Stewart issued a press release asking the Governor to veto this legislation after the majority failed to adopt an amendment that would have fixed a provision in the law that would allow corporate polluters free reign in Tennessee.