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Weaver Pushes Dems Back For Criticizing TDOT Bill

Press Release from Rep. Terry Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster; April 1, 2010:

Rebukes TNDP For Lies

(April 1, 2010, NASHVILLE) – Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) struck back at the Tennessee Democratic Party today after they made false allegations about a bill she is currently sponsoring in the Tennessee General Assembly. House Bill 3627 would encourage the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to take into account quality of life and economic impact when prioritizing road projects. The TNDP falsely accused Weaver of jeopardizing federal funding by requiring the General Assembly to approve road projects.

“It is clear to me that the Tennessee Democratic Party has no interest in the truth,” said Representative Weaver. “This legislation would simply encourage TDOT to consider certain important factors when prioritizing road projects. There is no price tag on the bill, and the Tennessee Democratic Party would have realized this if they had actually read it,” she continued.

Representative Weaver’s bill specifically encourages TDOT to prioritize projects with the following objectives in mind:

* Ensuring the continued viability of and improving the quality of life in rural communities affected by any projects;

* Promoting economic development and tourism in affected communities;

* Improving public safety;

* Improving the efficiency of transportation routes and

* Coordinating the traffic flow between local communities to maximize opportunities for all of the state.

“While the Tennessee Democratic Party plays deceitful politics, I have been working tirelessly with TDOT and the constituents in my community to make District 40 an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Representative Weaver. “It is disappointing that they are taking cheap political shots, but it will not deter my work for the people of Macon, Smith, and DeKalb Counties,” she concluded.

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