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Board Adopts New Rules for Compounding Pharmacies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy says it has adopted new regulations for compounding pharmacies licensed by the state following recent outbreaks of illnesses associated with tainted medicines created at these specialty pharmacies.
The Pharmacy Board said in a news release that the new rules will improve safeguards for public health while also ensuring that drugs in short supply will be available. Compounding pharmacies mix custom formulations of drugs based on doctors’ specifications.
The board said the changes include expedited suspension of sterile compounding by a pharmacy or manufacturer after a serious problem is discovered and adding sterile compounding registration to licenses issued by the state.

TVA Campground, Marina Fee Plan on Hold With Lawsuiut

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Changes to campgrounds regulations and pricing on Tennessee Valley Authority land are on hold while an association of campers, marina and campground owners sue over the changes, leaving some wondering what the possible changes mean for them.
Marshall County Tourism Director Randy Newcomb told The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/Rq0g9v) no one knows what to expect should the new policies take effect because each campground has a different agreement with TVA.
“It’s still unknown, which amazes me that they’re going ahead with a plan with this many unknowns. Nobody is getting the information they need,” Newcomb said. “No matter what, it’s not going to be fair as long as there are different agreements.”
TVA began changing campgrounds regulations and pricing in 2010, citing the need to streamline agreements and provide equal public access to properties leased to private businesses. Policies were set to be implemented Jan. 1, 2013, but a lawsuit has delayed some of changes for at least one more month.
The new rules were supposed to go into place on Tuesday, but the Shoreline Alliance filed suit in federal court Dec. 10, temporarily blocking implementation.

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Republicans Bash Fed Regulations; Democrats Bash GOP

Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, the state’s two U.S. Senators and a trio of congressmen teamed up Monday in Murfreesboro for a concerted Republican critique of federal regulations. Democrats responded with a critique of the Republiican gathering.
A sampler of the some of the media attention:
From TNReport: State officials are paving the way for job growth at the state level, but there’s nothing more they can do when the federal government issues piles of regulations that discourage economic development, Commissioner Bill Hagerty told the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
From The Tennessean: The Environmental Protection Agency, the National Labor Relations Board, the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act came in for the most criticism. U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, who chaired the hearing, framed it as a preview of regulations that could be scaled back if Republicans take control of the Congress and the White House in the fall.
From the Nashville Business Journal: “As a country, we need to be moving in exactly the opposite direction,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
From WPLN: Rep. Diane Black laid into rules from the Environmental Protection Agency, saying they can cost billions, without much benefit. “Rolling back the costly and unnecessary regulations is imperative to jumpstart our economy and provide certainty for our job creators.”
That put Senator Lamar Alexander in an awkward spot. Lately Alexander hasn’t gone along with colleagues trying to undo new clean-air rules for coal plants. He argues keeping Tennessee’s air clean is vital to recruiting jobs, even though he’s not a huge fan of the EPA either. “Even a stopped clock can be right twice a day, and on these two clean-air rules I think they are right for Tennessee.”

From the Chattanooga TFP: About the same time as Republicans’ event at Middle Tennessee State University, DesJarlais’ Democratic opponent, Eric Stewart, held a much smaller, seven-person roundtable in downtown Murfreesboro at Pa Bunk’s Natural Market and Cafe. Stewart, along with the businessmen, farmers and students, discussed ways to help small businesses and protect federal student aid. Several said some types of regulations are necessary to protect people’s health or consumers.
Stewart described DesJarlais’ event as “a lot of folks coming down from Washington, and, as I understand, it’s pretty partisan. “We’re not going to do that.”

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DesJarlais, Black, Corker, Haslam, Hagerty to Rage Against Federal Regulations

News release from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ office:
WASHINGTON, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced an official Congressional field hearing entitled, “Tennessee Job Creation: Do Federal Government Regulations Help or Hinder Tennessee’s Economic Development?” The hearing will begin at 9:00amCST on Monday, June 18, 2012 at S102 Business and Aerospace Building, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The hearing, which is open to the public, will feature testimony from state leaders and Tennessee job creators on the effects of state and federal policies and regulations.
“The federal government has yet to grasp the effects of burdensome regulations that obstruct job growth and economic recovery. During the course of this Administration, regulatory costs have grown for American job creators across the board,” said Chairman Issa. “We’re going to Tennessee to hear directly from those on the ground who are surviving in this stifling regulatory environment because the private sector is not ‘doing fine.'”
“Last year, I embarked on my Tennessee Job Creators Tour in an effort to talk directly with businesses owners here in Tennessee about ways that the federal government was hurting their ability to grow and create jobs,” said Representative DesJarlais. “What I heard from them painted a troubling picture of Washington regulators imposing mountains of job-crushing bureaucratic red tape. I look forward to having Chairman Issa down to Tennessee to hear from our local job-creators on ways that Washington can reduce the barriers to private sector job creation.
Details for Monday’s hearing in Murfreesboro:
What: Official Congressional Field Hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “Tennessee Job Creation: Do Federal Government Regulations Help or Hinder Tennessee’s Economic Development?” with Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R-TN). Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) will join Chairman Issa and Rep. Desjarlais on the dais.
Date/Time: 9:00am CST on Monday, June 18, 2012
Location: S102 Business and Aerospace Building, Middle Tennessee State University, 1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Witnesses confirmed to testify include:
The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee
The Honorable Bob Corker, United States Senate
Mr. William “Bill” F. Hagerty, IV, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Mr. H. Grady Payne, Chief Executive Officer, Conner Industries, Inc.
Mr. Scott Cocanougher, Chief Executive Officer, First Community Bank of Bedford County
Mr. Mark Faulkner, Owner, Vireo Systems, Inc. on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business
Mr. Bob Bedell, Sales Unit Manager, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated on behalf of the Beverage Association of Tennessee
Press Conference: Between witness panels (around 10:00 CST), Governor Haslam, Senator Corker, and Commissioner Hagerty will join Chairman Issa, Rep. Desjarlais, and Rep. Black to answer questions from the press.

Chamber of Commerce Likes Tennessee’s Legislature

Release from House Republican Caucus:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the Tennessee Legislature readies to gavel in session later today, top Republican lawmakers are touting the results of a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce study that says Tennessee is a leading “Enterprise State” for its remarkable environment of low taxes and navigable regulations.
The Chamber report, available here, notes “Tennessee’s low cost of living, fourth lowest state and local tax burden and manageable budget gap place it first in this year’s tax and regulation ranking.” The State moved up two places from last year’s ranking.
The report also cites the “business-friendly Legislature” and the fact the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the Commissioner of Revenue work together to ensure there is a “no surprise” regulatory environment in Tennessee. Additionally, in profiling the State, the Chamber highlights Governor Bill Haslam’s Jobs4TN initiative that utilizes “existing economic development assets to identify and prioritize growth-ready industry clusters, establish nine regional ‘jobs base camps’…and reduce regulations that get in the way of business and job growth.”
House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville), House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R–Chattanooga) and House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart (R–Hendersonville) believe Tennesseans can expect a continued focus on sound fiscal policy and common sense reforms to regulations in the new legislative session.
Speaker Harwell stated, “We are proud Tennessee has, once again, been recognized as a top State for businesses and families. I look forward to a successful session that will further Tennessee’s unmatched record of accomplishment by keeping taxes low and further reducing the State’s regulatory burden.”
“Tennessee is on solid footing when it comes to tax and regulatory policy. That said, I believe we can do more. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Haslam, we have a guiding vision for transforming Tennessee into a truly competitive State that will be an engine for growth in the coming years,” stated McCormick.
Maggart added, “This session will be a model for future legislative sessions. We are focused on how to best pave the way for job creation in the private sector, removing government barriers to business growth, and maintaining our State’s low tax reputation. Tennesseans expect government to serve them and their priorities and we are going to do just that.”
The 2nd session of the 107th General Assembly begins today at noon central time.

Gov’s Regulatory Reform Report ‘Suggests a Number of Recommendations’

News release from Department of Economic and Community Development:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today released the Regulatory Reform Report, an ECD-led review of federal and state rules and regulations impacting businesses. One of the key strategies of the governor’s Jobs4TN economic development plan was to conduct this review with the goal of identifying obstacles to investment.
“To reach our goal of becoming the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs, we must always be focused on strengthening our attractive business climate to attract and grow Tennessee jobs,” Haslam said. “This regulatory review process was important to identify areas for improvement both through internal and external evaluations.”
In conducting the review, ECD surveyed Tennessee business leaders, advocacy groups and state departments to identify federal and state laws, regulations and processes that could have a negative impact on economic development and job creation in the state.
“I want to thank those who gave of their time and participated in the regulatory review process, including Tennessee businesses, local stakeholders and our fellow state government departments. Their cooperation and feedback were essential to producing the Regulatory Reform Report,” Hagerty said. “Identifying areas where there are opportunities for improvement is the first step in streamlining and modernizing our regulatory environment and better serving the people and businesses of our state.”
The report suggests a number of recommendations, which include:

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Haslam Not Ready for Big Rules & Regs Changes (It’s ‘pretty complex’)

Gov. Bill Haslam tells Andy Sher that changes in Tennessee’s regulatory culture, rather than an actual overhaul of state rules, are what’s needed to address most business complaints about red tape in state government.
He says that,, In a series of roundtables with business leaders,, “most of the feedback we got on state regulations was more attitudinal in nature rather than actually regulatory driven…It’s more about a customer service mentality rather than ‘there’s a lot of broken regulations.'”
Haslam also said he expects to delay revamping dozens of state regulatory boards and commissions.
“It’s a varied and complex task to address those,” Haslam said. “We’re going to make some suggestions this year on ways to redo some boards and commissions. We’re not ready to do comprehensive [changes] because there are so many out there and the long-term changes, I think, are pretty complex.”
…..House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said fighting state overregulation is “an ongoing battle” and he believes Haslam is off to a “great start.”
“In state government we’ve got to be careful not to have what they call ‘mission creep’ in the military,” he said.
He said he plans to challenge proposed new rules by the Transportation Department on outdoor advertising.
“It’s not very advertiser-friendly,” McCormick said.
Another issue is coal mining.
“It’s a lot easier to permit a mining site in Kentucky than Tennessee,” McCormick said, noting that a House energy task force has recommended changes.

Companies Singing Different Songs on Enviornmental Regs?

Rock-Tenn Co., a firm with Tennessee ties, is cited as an example in a nationally-circulated story on the contrast between what some companies are telling Congress about the impact of federal environmental regulations and what they have told the Securities and Exchange Commission in official filings. Rock-Tenn, formed in the 1970s by the merger of Tennessee Paper Mills Inc. and Rock City Packaging of Chattanooga, is headquartered near Chattanooga at Norcross, Ga.
The story is below.

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ECD’s ‘Top-to-Bottom Review’ — Cut Staff, Increase Pay

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty did a Q&A session with the Tennessean. A couple of excerpts:
On the results of ECD’s “top-to-bottom review:
“The result of that was a fundamental change in our organizational structure. We are now divided into nine distinct regions, each with a highly competent regional director and staff that is focused extensively on the needs of existing businesses in the state of Tennessee.
“The (department) staff itself has been reduced by 42 percent while the average salary of each employee in our department has increased by more than $10,000. We have a smaller department but a very highly functioning department, and that staff is highly focused on recruiting.
“We have four overseas offices and we have a business development team that is focused on recruitment of companies from outside the state. They are working on a global basis every day to bring new companies to the state.”
On the search for regulations bothersome to business that should be changed, Hagerty said the big problem is at the federal level.
“There, our objective is to work closely with our congressional delegation to make sure those issues are aired in a constructive manner and identify businesses that may be willing to either testify before Congress in Washington or maybe field hearings here in Tennessee to underscore their issues and perhaps make a difference at the federal level.
“I don’t expect anything transformational at the state level, but I do suspect we’ll find opportunities for incremental improvement there. At the municipal level, I suspect we’ll find opportunities to share learning and best practices across the state.”

On Ramsey’s ‘Ridiculous Employee Decisions That Affect People Everyday’ Tour

It appears that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has turned red tape into an acronym, according to a report on his first stop in a tour to promote the idea of cutting it. Red tape, the Leaf-Chronicle story says, stands for Ridiculous Employee Decisions that Affect People Everyday.
Further, it appears the big topic of discussion was not a state regulatiion or rule, which Ramsey has indicated is the focal point of his cutting promotion, or a federal regulations, which were the major topic at a recent House study committee meeting to hear complaints from businessmen.
Instead, the red tape topic was a proposed Clarksville city ordinance opposed by Councilman Nick Steward, who hosted the Ramsey roundtable.
The proposed change would require anyone selling items secondhand — including antique — thrift and online stores, to verify the previous owner and keep a record of to whom the item was sold.
“The attempt is to mitigate a lot of the shoplifting that’s happening in some of the stores and then goods being sold in flea markets and (by) antique dealers and junk dealers,” Steward said. “It puts a lot of restrictions on our small businesses that aren’t a solution to the problem.”
Ramsey said the ordinance change is a good example of “red tape on steroids.”
He added, “Get a photo (identification) while you’re there, who they are, and let them at least say: Where did you get this? Write it down and you’re done. You shouldn’t have to be the policing agency.”
Steward said he also wanted to host the event to give small businessowners the chance to bring forward issues they are having with their business and how the state can help.
“The only way that issues even get addressed are them being brought to the decision makers’ attention,” Steward said. “I think we took a step in that direction today.”