UPDATE (Senate passes bill): The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has released its position on issues for the 2013 session of the Tennessee General Assembly that are important to the area’s business community. WGNS' Zach Troutman has more...
On Monday evening, the Tennessee Senate approved the "guns in parking lot" bill. The item will now move to the House for consideration.
More on chamber release:
Releasing its agenda is in connection with a new advocacy partnership formed with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and a companion online tool, called the Middle Tennessee Business Voice.
One of the issues that has been spotlighted this year by the chamber of commerce includes the bill that has been nicknamed the "guns in parking lots" proposal before TN lawmakers.
According to the Middle Tennessee Business Voice, "The Nashville Area and Rutherford County Chambers of Commerce oppose any legislation (SB 142/HB 118) which would dilute the rights of businesses to control all activity on their private property, including the possession of firearms by visitors and employees."
The bill as introduced, allows person with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions.
Included in the agenda are issues related to workers’ compensation, teacher evaluations, dual enrollment, higher education and immigration reform.
Located at www.MidTNBusinessVoice.com, the tool allows users to view a list of legislative issues impacting business, see up-to-date progress on current legislation and quickly and easily connect with Rutherford County’s legislative delegation.
“Every business in Rutherford County is affected by decisions made in the state legislature,” said Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce President Paul Latture. “We are excited to offer this additional benefit to Chamber members by strengthening their presence on the state level.”
The Middle Tennessee Business Voice site is currently active and updates will be made to legislative issues as they become available.