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Action needed for final step in TN bill!

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  1. Kentucky

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    PLEASE CALL THE BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBERS TODAY (Thursday) AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT HB 132 AND HB 2184, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IS BELOW.
    THE PHONE NUMBER IS: 1-800-449-8366. Please do not hesitate this is the last committe that can make or break the bill!!!!! The committee members are at the bottom of this page.

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    All I have just spoken with Rep. Bell on my bill (HB0132 by *Bell, *Overbey, *Williams, *Gresham, *Matheny, *Hawk, *Hill, *Fincher, *Bass. (*SB0053 by *Finney R., *Crowe.)

    Game and Fish Laws - Authorizes persons with handgun carry permits to possess firearms in all public hunting areas, refuges, wildlife management areas, and national forests managed by the state. - Amends TCA Title 70.
    ). We have good news. It did pass the House Judiciary committee today 6-4 just the same as Niceley's state park bill.

    However the better news is that it passed without the additional Senate amendments (only allowed the permits to be good in camping areas, on roads and trails in WMA's and no more than 20 feet off the road or trail. This was the amendment the TWRA had added to accept the bill.) Thanks to all of you making those phone calls and sending e-mails to your State Reps, the committee members, and the TWRA Board the TWRA through your phone calls have decided to accept and support the bill WITHOUT THE AMENDMENTS which means if this becomes law you will be allowed to carry your handgun with your permit anywhere on WMA's and Cherokee National Forest. The TWRA said that hunters have been ringing their phones off the hook telling the TWRA to fully support this bill without the amendments, so they have decided to do so. Another note is the TWRA has also said that they will "absorb" the fiscal note (which was a made up number of the cost) with the TWRA budget, meaning the fiscal note will be "INSIGNIFICANT" which is what we wanted. BUT we still are not in the clear. Here is what's next.


    1. The Budget committee will hear the PREVIOUS fiscal note tomorrow because the TWRA has not had time to file the retraction. Please call the Budget Committee members ASAP and tell them to SUPPORT AND PASS HB 132 and that the TWRA has agreed to "absorb" the fiscal note with the TWRA budget. Following is the Fiscal Note.

    2. Once this is done (thanks to your phone calls telling them the fiscal note is now AGREED to be absorbed by the TWRA) the bill should pass the committee. (If we do not call it could fail)

    3. The bill will then go to the House floor for a up or down vote (Right now it seems nearly 70 percent on the floor will give a YEA vote.

    4. Since the Amendments have now gone away it will then go back to the Senate for an up or down vote on accepting the bill without the Amendments added. (Which it should pass unanimously in the Senate without the amendments.

    5. Next, WITH ALL YOUR HELP AND PHONE CALLS TOMORROW (THURSDAY), this should be signed by the governor late June to Early July and become law.


    While you have them on the Phone also tell them to SUPPORT Rep. Niceleys bill to allow Handgun Carry Permits in State Parks and other areas.

    *HB2184 by *Niceley, *Hill. (SB2143 by *Burchett, *Crowe.)

    Handgun Permits - Allows any resident, who has a valid handgun carry permit, to possess his or her handgun while within the boundaries of any state park. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 70.

    Below is the fiscal note for HB 132 to all carry in WMA's. (This is the one we need to tell the committee members is no longer valid and the TWRA has agreed to absord the cost in the TWRA budget. MAKE SURE the committee members know it IS NOT related to the GENERAL FUND)

    SB 53 - HB 132

    FISCAL NOTE

    SB 53 - HB 132

    February 12, 2007

    SUMMARY OF BILL:
    Authorizes individuals with handgun carry permits

    to possess a firearm at any time of the year when traversing any refuge, public

    hunting area or wildlife management area.

    ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT:

    Decrease State Revenues – Less than $22,500/Wildlife Fund

    Decrease Local Govt. Revenues – Less than $27,500

    Assumptions:


    Approximately 50 violations occur per year which would no longer be

    prohibited under the provisions of this bill.


    An average of less than $1,000 collected in fees and fines associated

    with current violations.


    None of the violations resulted in incarceration.


    A split of 55% to local governments and 45% to the TWRA for any fees

    and fines associated with any citations.


    No additional personnel will be required by the TWRA due to any

    increase in the difficulty of the enforcement of wildlife regulations.

    CERTIFICATION:

    This is to duly certify that the information contained herein is true and

    correct to the best of my knowledge.
    _______________________________________________________________________________

    BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBERS


    Please call the 1-800 number at the top of the page and then also call (and e-mail) EACH of the committee members. If this bill passes it will open the path for a bill next year that will allow carry in Public Parks as well because this bill will give the numbers needed to have enough support for a "Parks" bill next year that will be passable.


    Budget

    33 Legislative Plaza



    * Harry Tindell, Chair

    Members:
    Jessica Holland, Committee Secretary
    Julie Travis, Research Analyst
    Joe Armstrong, Lois DeBerry, Craig Fitzhugh, Michael Harrison, Steve McDaniel, Gary Odom, Doug Overbey, Randy Rinks, Dennis Roach and Johnny Shaw
    [blocked::http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/committeereport.asp?vchamber=hf&vcommnum=850010] [blocked::http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/committeemain.asp?vchamber=hf&vcommnum=850010]
    Following are the contact PHONE NUMBERS and E-MAILS Please CALL them TODAY and tell them to SUPPORT this bill


    Harry Tindell, Chair

    D-Knoxville
    District 13 - Part of Knox County

    Nashville Address

    33 Legislative Plaza

    Nashville, TN 37243-0113

    Phone (615) 741-2031

    Staff Contact: Jessica Holland

    rep.harry.tindell@legislature.state.tn.us





    Joe Armstrong,

    D - Knoxville
    District 15 - Part of Knox County

    Nashville Address

    25 Legislative Plaza

    Nashville, TN 37243-0115

    Phone (615) 741-0768

    Fax (615) 253-0316

    Staff Contact: Latonya Ellis

    rep.joe.armstrong@legislature.state.tn.us





    Lois DeBerry

    D - Memphis
    District 91 - Part of Shelby county

    Nashville Address

    15 Legislative Plaza

    Nashville, TN 37243-0191

    Phone (615) 741-3830

    Fax (615) 741-3992

    Staff Contacts: LaWanda Lollar and Aketa Simmons

    rep.lois.deberry@legislature.state.tn.us



    Craig Fitzhugh

    D - Ripley
    District 82 - Lauderdale, Crockett and
    part of Dyer Counties

    Nashville Address

    33 Legislative Plaza

    Nashville, TN 37243-0182

    Phone (615) 741-2134

    Fax (615) 741-1446

    Staff Contact: Eunice Golden

    rep.craig.fitzhugh@legislature.state.tn.us





    Michael Harrison

    R - Rogersville
    District 9 - Hancock and part of Hawkins counties

    Nashville Address

    206-A War Memorial Bldg.

    Nashville, TN 37243-0109

    Phone (615) 741-7480

    Fax (615) 253-0210

    Staff Contact: Connie Carter

    rep.mike.harrison@legislature.state.tn.us





    Steve McDaniel

    R - Parkers Crossroads
    District 72 - Henderson, Chester and parts of
    Decatur and Wayne counties

    Nashville Address

    115 War Memorial Building

    Nashville, TN 37243-0172

    Phone (615) 741-0750

    Fax (615) 253-0214

    Staff Contacts: Sharon Walden

    rep.steve.mcdaniel@legislature.state.tn.us





    Gary Odom

    D - Nashville
    District 55 - Part of Davidson county

    18A Legislative Plaza

    Nashville, TN 37243-0155

    Phone (615) 741-4410

    Fax (615) 253-0202

    Staff Contact: Jennifer Murphy, Ethan Page and Skip Cauthorn, Policy & Research

    rep.gary.odom@legislature.state.tn.us





    Doug Overbey

    R - Maryville
    District 20 - Part of Blount county

    Nashville Address

    201 War Memorial Building

    Nashville, TN 37243-0120

    Phone (615) 741-0981

    Fax (615) 253-0224

    Staff Contact: Tina Still

    rep.doug.overbey@legislature.state.tn.us





    Randy Rinks

    D - Savannah
    District 71 - Hardin, McNairy and part of Decatur counties

    Nashville Address

    18 Legislative Plaza

    Nashville, TN 37243-0171

    Phone (615) 741-2007

    Fax (615) 741-3743

    Staff Contact: Connie Phelps and Ross Nichols, Research Analyst

    rep.randy.rinks@legislature.state.tn.us





    Dennis Roach

    R - Rutledge
    District 35 - Claiborne, Grainger and part of Jefferson counties

    Nashville Address

    217 War Memorial Building

    Nashville, TN 37243-0135

    Phone (615) 741-2534

    Fax (615) 532-8221

    Staff Contact: Ruth Patterson, CPS

    rep.dennis.roach@legislature.state.tn.us





    Johnny Shaw

    D - Bolivar
    District 80 - Hardeman and part of Madison counties

    Nashville Address

    33 Legislative Plaza

    Nashville, TN 37243-0180

    Phone (615) 741-4538

    Fax (615) 741-1446

    Staff Contact: Allyson Sneed

    rep.johnny.shaw@legislature.state.tn.us
     
  2. waynesan

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    I called every one.
     
  3. cruze7

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    What's the latest word on these? I haven't been able to find any info on it from this week.
     
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