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Metro Council will discuss a resolution during tonight’s meeting that would continue the emissions testing program in Davidson County.

Current law requires vehicles be inspected annually but that could soon change for Davidson and the five other Tennessee counties with mandatory emissions tests: Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson, Sumner and Hamilton. The fee for an emissions test is $9.00.

Why now?

The proposed resolution is in light of a bill approved by state lawmakers that would eliminate mandatory emissions tests in six counties, including Davidson. Governor Bill Haslam has not yet signed the bill. If the state law takes effect, some council members are proposing that emissions testing continue in Davidson County.

What does the resolution say?

The resolution says that Davidson County will continue its emissions program "to attain and maintain compliance with national ambient air quality standards." If Gov. Haslam signs the bill into law, the council will have 30 days to pass the resolution. The resolution is expected to be discussed at tonight’s meeting.

Who is sponsoring the bill?

Council members Burkley Allen (District 18), Erica Gilmore (At-Large) and Mina Johnson (District 23) are sponsors of the bill.

What else is on the agenda?

The council is also scheduled to discuss the soccer stadium's location and single-use plastic bags in grocery stores. If both were to pass, the soccer stadium could be constructed on any government-owned land, and grocery stores would be required to use recyclable bags beginning next year.

The council meets in the David Scobey Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse, located at 1 Public Square in Nashville.

 

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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