The Tennessee legislature passed a bill in April that would have allowed residents to choose between paying their gas bills by the gallon or paying the federal government for their heating and cooling bills.
The bill had passed the state Senate but died in the state House of Representatives.
The new bill, introduced by Rep. David Williams (R-Riceville), is a watered-down version of the original bill.
Williams says it is intended to address “the problem of having a lot of people who are not paying their bills by going to a different state.”
The legislation would have required all Tennesseans to pay for their energy and heating by either a federal tax or by buying their own heating and power supplies from the federal Department of Energy.
The Tennessee General Assembly passed the bill in May and is expected to vote on it again in August.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) said the state will be looking at the bill as a potential replacement for a federal law that currently has no federal component.
The governor says the state is working to determine what exactly the replacement law will be.