Board adopts Norris’ Regulation Freedom Amendment
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been reelected to the Executive Committee of the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB). The election took place during the organization’s 55th annual meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia this week.
Norris has served on the SSEB since he was first appointed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey in February 2009.
“I’m very pleased to have been elected again by my Southern state peers as a voice for energy driven economic development in the South,” said Senator Norris. “Much of our economic growth has been fueled by the robust mix of energy resources we enjoy. We produce 66 percent of the nation’s natural gas supply and 44 percent of the nation’s nuclear generated electricity. Our $5 trillion southern economy now consumes more than 45 percent of all energy generated in the United States.”
The SSEB is an interstate compact, comprised of governors and state legislators from sixteen southern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as a presidential appointee. The board’s mission is to promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in the South, through innovations in energy and environmental programs, policies and technologies.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson was elected 2015-2016 SSEB Chairman.
The 18-member board also approved a resolution urging Congress to adopt the Regulation Freedom Amendment sponsored by Norris. The resolution calls for Congress to adopt a constitutional amendment requiring Congressional approval of major, new federal regulations when requested by one quarter of either House or Senate. The Regulation Freedom proposal has now been adopted in 5 states. It passed the Tennessee Senate this year and is pending action in the State House of Representatives.
Norris has led a network of grassroots business and community leaders to support the measure in Tennessee. Organizations endorsing include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Tennessee Mining Association, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Association of Health Underwriters.
“As federal regulators become increasingly disconnected from the reality of American life, it is up to those elected by the people to ensure federal regulations stay in check,” added Norris. “Otherwise, it’s regulation without representation, and we end up in litigation.”
The State of Tennessee has recently joined with a number of other states in litigation challenging regulations recently enacted under the Clean Water Act.