Tennessee Senate panel delays rock harvesting bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Senate sponsor of a proposal to regulate rock harvesting in Tennessee has delayed consideration of his bill so further negotiations can take place.

Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle, of Memphis, is carrying the bill on behalf of Gov. Phil Bredesen. Kyle says he wants to encourage more discussion between the administration and industry representatives before putting the measure up for a committee vote.

The bill proposes requiring state permits if a property landowner disagrees with the mining. But Kyle says he also wants to be sure the bill's intent is more clearly laid out.

The Senate Environment Committee agreed to hear the bill next week.

The companion bill was discussed at length in the House Government Operations Committee on Wednesday, but the panel adjourned before taking a vote.

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Read SB4198 on the General Assembly's Web site at http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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