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Legislative Updates

UAVís, Definition of Livestock, Right to Farm and
Annexation Reform Legislation Passes House and Senate

108th General Assembly gives Farmers and Tennesseans some of the strongest property rights annexation statutes of any state in the nation, especially for farmland. Annexation of farmland can only be accomplished by written consent of the farm owner. Annexation can only take place by referendum or if property owners request to be annexed. The bill sponsored by Representative Mike Carter and Senator Bo Watson passed overwhelmingly in both chambers. Please thank Rep. Carter, Sen. Watson and Tennessee Farm Bureau for their diligence in passing this important legislation.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVís) for agricultural use got a lot of attention this session. Under current law, any UAVís purchased for agricultural use will be sales tax exempt. SB 1892/HB 1779 by Senator John Stevens and Representative, Speaker Pro Tempore, Curtis Johnson regulated the use of UAVís and help clarify the proper and improper use of the vehicles.

Right to Farm legislation, SB1614/HB1410 by Senator Mark Norris and Representative Barry Doss has already been signed by the Governor. This legislation was part of the Governorís rural legislative initiative and provides legal clarification for activities associated with agri-tourism such as corn mazes and Pick Tenn type activities. The bill passed overwhelmingly in both chambers.

SB1894/HB1796 by Senator Jim Summerville and Representative Curtis Halford was a Tennessee Farm Bureau emphasis bill clarifying the definition of livestock. According to TFB, the legislation will bring uniformity to the definition of livestock throughout Tennessee code and gives more predictability to how laws will affect livestock and the different species included in the definition.


 
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