Where good bills go to dieRep. Frank Niceley introduced a bill that would require bottled water companies and distributors who do business in Tennessee to reveal via label the amount of fluoride in their water. This is needed, as Frank said, because growing research indicates that fluoride in water has negative effects on diabetics, pregnant women, nursing women, and some older people.
Frank really did his homework on this legislation, and even got the bottlers of English Mountain Spring Water, one of Tennessee's largest spring water bottlers and a business in our district, to give their input. They favor this consumer protection, and were happy that someone was addressing the issue. It turns out that it won't cost them any extra to implement this as long as they are allowed to use up their old labels first-Frank happily amended the bill to allow for that.
Because water that is bottled from a truly natural Tennessee source-and isn't tap water (a great deal of the bottled water you buy at the store is really tap water)-is going to be naturally low in fluoride, such labeling is going to also alert you to when you are really buying glorified tap water, or water from a high fluoride out-of-State source that may not be so safe-how do you know?
The result? Well, the bill was sent to Summer Study Committee, a place where bills are studied and then die a slow death into the realm on nonexistence. It is the place where good bills go to die.
Frank's bill on animal ID was amended to the point of turning a meaty bill into water, and rolled for another week yet again.
Labels: Tennessee politics