TNDP Accuses Rep. Sanderson of Self-interested Legislating

Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; March 11, 2015:

Republican Rep. Bill Sanderson Fights for Legislation that would Benefit Republican Rep. Bill Sanderson

Chooses to serve himself instead of the Tennesseans that elected him.

Nashville, Tenn. (March 23, 2015) — In what can only be described as a very good week for him, Rep. Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton) passed two bills out of sub committees that would directly benefit his number one constituent – himself.

The first of Rep. Sanderson’s bills, HB0029, protects landlord right over those of the tenants. His second bill, HB0760, benefits winery owners.

Rep. Sanderson owns multiple rental properties across his district and recently had a ribbon cutting ceremony last fall for the opening of his own White Squirrel Winery.

“For Tennessee’s Republican legislators like Rep. Sanderson, it’s business as usual on Capitol Hill,” said Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party. “Instead of tending to the people’s business, Rep. Sanderson was able to pass two bills out of committee this week directly benefitting both of his businesses. He and his fellow Republicans continue to serve only themselves without a care for Tennessee’s children, families, and communities.

Two other bills sponsored by Sanderson would also directly impact his winery. HB0635 allows wineries to put on festivals that last longer than the 72 hours the current statute permits. HB0633 exempts wine from sales tax if the wine is manufactured from grapes grown on the same farm.

The Tennessee Democratic Party exists to create an environment where Democrats can be successful and win elections, to promote the ideas and values of the Democratic party, and to have the opportunity to build a better future for all Tennesseans. The TNDP is based in Nashville, TN.