FRANKLIN, Tenn. — At its March 14th Board Meeting, the Williamson, Inc. Board of Directors voted to support legislation that will have a positive impact on the business community in Williamson County. Advocacy is an increasingly important part of Williamson, Inc.’s role in the community.
“We look forward to working with and supporting our state legislative delegation as they focus on issues important to the future of Williamson County, specifically creating a way to fund our schools in a long-term, sustainable way,” said Matt Largen, Williamson, Inc. President and CEO, after the board voted.
The five bills before the Tennessee General Assembly being supported by Williamson, Inc are:
  • SB1053 by Watson (HB1063 by Vaughan) – As introduced, enacts the “Main Street Historic Tourism and Revitalization Act.”
    • Why we support it:
      • Historic District Tax Credits would encourage redevelopment and renovation of historic structures in downtowns in Williamson County.
  • HB1469 by Ogles (SB1507 by Yarbro) – As introduced, requires the department of revenue to report to the fiscal review committee and transportation committees on the actual or estimated number of passenger motor vehicles that have been issued stickers or decals to use the HOV lane.
    • Why we support it:
      • Ensuring better enforcement of HOV lanes will optimize their intended use for multi-person vehicles, encouraging a practice that alleviates traffic. In turn, it will also lessen the amount of traffic in the HOV lane, which could “open up” the HOV lane for dedicated bus rapid transit in the future without the high infrastructure cost of building a new lane on I-65.
  • HB1229 by Casada (SB0560 by Johnson) – As introduced, authorizes Williamson County to participate in a pilot project to use convenient voting centers upon approval by a supermajority of the county election commission for elections held in 2020 and thereafter.
    • Why we support it:
      • This encourages increased voter participation in Williamson County by allowing residents to vote in any authorized voting location, not just their assigned polling location, on Election Day
  • HB0548 by Curcio (SB0469 by Roberts) – As introduced, divides the current 21st judicial district into a new 21st district consisting of Williamson County and a new 32nd judicial district consisting of Hickman, Lewis, and Perry counties, beginning September 1, 2022.
    • Why we support it:
      • It would provide Williamson County with a dedicated judicial district which should result in expedited decisions.

There are 2 versions of the following:

  • SB0197 by Johnson (HB0239 by Lamberth) – As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Local Education Capital Investment Act” for counties with school growth school districts.
    • Why we support it:
      • This provides “high-growth” school districts, including Williamson County, with additional capital funding outside of the BEP funding formula, which is the formula the State of Tennessee uses to determine funding levels for districts across the state. Finding a long-term solution to school funding is the number one issue priority for Williamson, Inc.
  • SB0198 by Johnson (HB0124 by Hodges) – As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Local Education Capital Investment Act” for counties with school growth school districts.
    • Why we support it:
      • This provides “high-growth” school districts, including Williamson County, with additional funding outside of the BEP funding formula, which is the formula the State of Tennessee uses to determine funding levels for districts across the state. Finding a long-term solution to school funding is the number one issue priority for Williamson, Inc.