Last year, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann introduced legislation to rollback an unfunded mandate on local Tennessee counties. New standards put forth by the Federal Highway Administration would have required Tennessee counties to update and replace road signs by 2015 and 2018. The Tennessee County Highway Officials Association estimated this accelerated schedule could cost local governments $50 million.
Congressman Fleischmann, along with Congressman DesJarlais, introduced legislation in the House, to match legislation introduced by Senators Alexander and Corker, to wave the new timeline, and allow local governments to meet the new standards when they replace signs at the end of their natural life cycle.
As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Fleischmann was able to incorporate his legislation into the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. This transformative piece of legislation has passed the committee and will be voted on by the entire House in the near future.
"Congressman Fleischmann has been an asset in helping to craft and advance this major transportation reform and jobs bill. As a freshman Member of Congress, he has demonstrated an ability to get things done and save taxpayer dollars for Tennesseans and all Americans," Congressman John L. Mica, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, said.
"I heard from many transportation officials in Tennessee, before and after I introduced this legislation. They all expressed strong agreement in the need to stop this unfunded mandate, especially as they faced tough budget times. I knew I must work to include this law in the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act to ensure it is put into law and prevents another federal government overreach. I am glad I was able to work with my committee and get this accomplished for the state of Tennessee, and every other state across this country," Fleischmann said.