VOL. 126 | NO. 121 | Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tenn. Freshmen GOP Congressmen Introduce First Bill
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – East Tennessee's two freshmen congressmen, Republicans Scott DesJarlais of Jasper and Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga, have joined together to introduce their first bill.
DesJarlais, who represents the 4th District, and Fleischmann, representing Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District, introduced legislation Tuesday they say will roll back an unfunded mandate that requires Tennessee counties to update and replace road signs according to new visibility standards by 2015 and 2018.
Their bill would waive the deadlines and allow local governments to put up new signs when replacements are needed.
A DesJarlais statement said Tennessee county highway officials estimate the accelerated replacements would cost a total of $50 million.
The legislation matches a bill introduced in the Senate by Tennessee Republicans Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.
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