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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee Republican senator has filed legislation that seeks to curtail federal regulation in the state.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville discussed the resolution on Tuesday during a special joint committee meeting on the effect of Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the state.

The Tennessee measure urges Congress to propose the “Regulation Freedom Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution.

Under the resolution, whenever one-quarter of the members of the U.S. House or Senate transmit to the president their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it will require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation.

Norris, who is also chairman of the national Council of State Governments, says a number of other states have filed or are considering similar legislation.