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Sharing Local Concerns with State Legislators

2/14/2019


FLEC Leadership Visits the Capital

On February 12, 2019, members of the Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC) Board of Directors and staff visited with Tennessee lawmakers in Nashville. The visit is part of the ongoing efforts of FLEC to work with local lawmakers to provide safe, reliable electric power and other services at a reasonable cost to the communities it serves. Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, Senator Mike Bell, Senator Art Swann, Representative Bob Ramsey, Representative Kent Calfee, Representative Jerome Moon, Representative Lowell Russell, and Representative Mark Cochran were gracious enough to meet with FLEC’s representatives throughout the day. Governor Bill Lee was gracious enough to meet with Cooperative leaders at an evening reception for lawmakers held the same evening. The topics posed by this year’s long list of bills included: taxation of utility infrastructure, taxation of those providing assistance during times of emergency, use of metering data, expansion of broadband in rural areas, use of cell phones while driving, and a new “Powering Tennessee” license plate proposed by the statewide cooperative association (TECA).

This year, five of FLEC’s leaders visited with the Governor and all of the State Legislators serving FLEC’s footprint. John Loope, FLEC’s Board President, and two other board members, Jon Grubb and Lewis Jones, took time to learn about pending legislation and then visit with lawmakers on bills that might affect the Cooperative (see photos). Jarrod Brackett, FLEC’s General Manager/CEO, and Mike Webb, FLEC’s Assistant General Manager/CFO, represented the Cooperative as well in the visits. Brackett was elected to serve as the President of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) for this year at a meeting held on February 11th. TECA represents all the Tennessee cooperatives in legislative concerns as well as publishing “The Tennessee Magazine” and providing several other services to cooperative members like FLEC.

Any questions can be addressed by calling FLEC’s offices at 1-877-353-2674, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. FLEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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