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2014 Tennessee Legislative Wrap Up

by Denise C. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned its 2014 session on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The highlights of the session for the American Heart Association include:

  • Healthy Food Financing (HHF) legislation
  • Electronic Cigarette (e-cig) legislation
  • Formation of a Nutrition caucus.

The HFF legislation had two very strong sponsors and made its way through both the house and senate committees, but stalled due to no agency stepping up to house it. The Electronic Cigarette bill would have erased a lot of the progress we have made in this state to fight against tobacco. We managed to stop the e-cig bill without it even making it to a hearing by working closely with the Health Department. Senator Mark Norris announced to formation of a Nutrition Caucus in which both the House and Senate will be part of. The American Heart Association is a partner in this and involved with its kick off.

A lot of progress has been made on our policy agenda, but we have just started. Healthy Food Financing will be on our policy agenda again for 2015 and we ask you to be a vocal supporter of it. Other polices are in the works to improve the health of our state and we can only accomplish them with your help.

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