By LANDON WOODROOF
Senate Bill 1086, a measure that would prohibit local governments from banning short-term rental legislation, is scheduled once again to come up before a state senate committee Tuesday at 1 p.m.
The legislation had originally been scheduled for consideration by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Feb. 20. The bill was deferred, or “rolled,” to Feb. 27. Last week it was rolled again to Tuesday, March 6.
SB1086, in different form, was recommended for passage by the committee in April 2017, but only after the provisions restricting local governments’ actions toward short-term rentals was stripped out of the bill. Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, is the chairman of that committee.
The City of Brentwood has strongly opposed the bill and similar legislation saying that it constitutes state overreach.
“This is clearly a land use bill,” City Manager Kirk Bednar said in a statement. “Land use policies and priorities are different in every community across the state, and, therefore, best left to the local decision making process instead of a one-size fits all state law the prevents locally elected officials from being able to decide what is best for their community.”
The legislation was also discussed at Brentwood’s most recent City Commission meeting on Feb. 27. At that meeting, several commissioners spoke forcefully against the legislation.
“It is governed by greed,” Commissioner Anne Dunn said of the motivation for the legislation. “The Airbnb industry is behind this. We know this. You don’t hear residents pleading for it, begging for it, and I am just tired of having to contact residents and say get on the phone, get on your email, go down to the state capitol and they are tired of it, too.”
Proponents of the legislation in the past have framed it as an issue of property rights.
“Instead of elected officials sitting here deciding what’s best for your property, we put some reasonable regulation in place and allow a marketplace to develop,” Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, said at a meeting in March 2017. “As issues come up, we can step in where needed, but not a top-down approach where elected officials are really trying to determine what’s best for our own property.”
The Brentwood Home Page will watch the coverage Tuesday to see if action is taken on the bill or if it gets deferred again.