Rep. Watson Lists New State Laws That Went Into Effect July 1

Monday, July 6, 2009

Rep. Eric Watson provided this list of new state laws that went into effect on July 1:

Public Chapters with 7/1/09 Effective Date

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

7 HB0416 Attorneys at Law - As enacted, clarifies that certain government

employees are not prohibited from providing pro bono legal services. -

Amends TCA Title 8; Title 16 and Title 23.

38 SB0073 Education - As enacted, removes restriction on commercial advertising on

school buses that requires such advertising to be composed of black

lettering on a white background; prohibits advertisement of individual food

items that, pursuant to law, cannot be sold via vending machines to

students in pre-K through grade 8. - Amends TCA Section 49-6-2109(e).

50 SB1208 Victims' Rights - As enacted, confers immunity from civil action upon

victim of crime for testimony given at offender's parole hearing unless

testimony is intentionally and maliciously false and defamatory. - Amends

TCA Title 40.

67 SB0408 Narcotics - As enacted, makes concealing that one has received a controlled

substance in an effort to obtain more of that substance a Class A

misdemeanor and requires certain health care professionals to report

suspicion of such to local law enforcement without civil liability. -

Amends TCA Title 53, Chapter 11.

73 SB2066 Solid Waste Disposal - As enacted, amends the Landfill Methane

Development Act to identify certain circumstances and purposes for

which refined, landfill methane shall be deemed to be natural gas. -

Amends TCA Title 65, Chapter 28, Part 2.

83 SB0437 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, creates Class A misdemeanor offense of

possession of device, tool, or other item with the intent to use it, or allow

it to be used, to unlawfully render inoperative a security device used or

designed to prevent or deter the theft of retail merchandise. - Amends

TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 7.

86 SB0810 Child Abuse - As enacted, clarifies that the meaning of near fatality, for

purposes of allowing public disclosure of confidential department of

children's services information relating to such, is a child having a serious

or critical medical condition resulting from child abuse or child sexual abuse

as reported by a physician who has examined the child subsequent to such

abuse. - Amends TCA Title 37, Chapter 5.

87 SB0853 Children's Services, Dept. of - As enacted, requires the department to

consistently apply policies, rules, and regulations across the state; adds an

annual legislative review of department policies and attached protocol and

procedures; and requires the department to submit new policies for

legislative review. - Amends TCA Title 37, Chapter 5, Part 1.

88 SB0866 Child Abuse - As enacted, describes serious bodily injury in children to

include second or third degree burns, bone fractures, concussion, and

permanent or protracted disfigurement. - Amends TCA Title 39.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

89 SB0867 Child Abuse - As enacted, describes dangerous instrumentality as any item

in its manner of use or intended use as applied to a child that is capable of

producing serious bodily injury. - Amends TCA Title 39.

95 SB1538 Mental Illness - As enacted, establishes legislative intent concerning

priority of services to behavioral health safety net; establishes 19 years of

age as the minimum age at which a person qualifies as an adult for

purposes of determining which persons qualify as seriously and

persistently mentally ill adults for purposes of this bill.

- Amends TCA Title 33, Chapter 6 and Title 71, Chapter 5, Part 1.

102 HB0254 Firearms and Ammunition - As enacted, deletes requirement that the

purchaser of a firearm give a thumbprint as part of background check

process and that the TBI furnish thumbprint cards and pads to firearm

dealers; clarifies that dealer must request TBI to conduct background check

by "means designated by the TBI" instead of "by telephone". - Amends

TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

112 HB0380 Real Property - As enacted, requires seller of real property to disclose if

property is located in planned unit developments prior to entering a

contract with buyer. - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 27 and Title 66,

Chapter 5, Part 2.

115 SB0284 Criminal Procedure - As enacted, establishes the venue for a violation of

community supervision for life of a sexual offender as the county where

the offender was being supervised at time of violation and permits

probation officer to be affiant for purposes of obtaining affidavit of

complaint against person. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 5.

127 SB0850 Education - As enacted, places restrictions on universal mental health

testing, or psychiatric or socioemotional screening of juveniles; requires

certain consent by a juvenile's parent, guardian, legal custodian, or caregiver

before such testing can occur. - Amends TCA Title 9, Chapter 4 and Title

49, Chapter 2, Part 1.

132 SB0883 Mobile Homes and Manufactured Buildings - As enacted, revises

provisions concerning manufactured homes affixed to real property

including cancellation of certificate of title. - Amends TCA Section 55-3-


138 SB1086 Taxes, Severance - As enacted, increases the tax on coal products severed

from the ground in this state and increases the amount of tax revenue

collected that is allocated to the county from which the coal products were

severed; allows department of revenue to retain certain amounts in two

fiscal years to recover expenses. - Amends TCA Section 67-7-104 and

Section 67-7-110.

153 SB0283 Local Education Agency - As enacted, requires, rather than encourages,

school districts to include certain criteria in policies prohibiting

harassment, intimidation, or bullying. - Amends TCA Section 49-6-1016.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

155 SB0294 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, creates a Class A misdemeanor offense for

a person to knowingly provide, transfer, or submit to any other person

false identification for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining

employment. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14; Title 39, Chapter 17

and Title 50.

156 SB0429 Real Property - As enacted, authorizes right of redemption within one

year from the date of the order of confirmation of sale, rather than from

date property was sold. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 5.

160 SB0680 Education - As enacted, authorizes courts to notify the school of a child

who is adjudicated delinquent based on an offense for which school

notification is not mandatory under law. - Amends TCA Title 37, Chapter

1 and Title 49, Chapter 6.

172 HB0083 Judges and Chancellors - As enacted, adds retired general sessions judges

to present officials, including general sessions judges and retired judges and

chancellors of courts of record, who may administer oaths of office to

elected or appointed public official. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 18,

Part 1.

176 HB0604 Public Records - As enacted, extends confidential status to certain

identifying information compiled and maintained by the department of

correction or board of probation and parole concerning a person who has

requested that notification be provided regarding the status of criminal

proceedings or of a sentenced felon. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3;

Title 10, Chapter 7, Part 5; Title 40, Chapter 28; Title 40, Chapter 38 and

Title 41, Chapter 21.

178 HB0981 Insurance Companies, Agents, Brokers, Policies - As enacted, revises

provisions governing maximum liability under the Tennessee Life and

Health Insurance Guaranty Act in regard to annuity benefits to increase

liability amount from $100,000 to $250,000. - Amends TCA Title 56,

Chapter 12.

190 SB2161 Law Enforcement - As enacted, clarifies that the POST commission will

issue a certificate to any campus police officer or public safety officer

upon the officer's completing a training program. - Amends TCA Title 38

and Title 49.

194 HB0070 Criminal Procedure - As enacted, revises the prohibition against using

deadly force in defense of property to specify that prohibition would not

apply if a person is justified in using deadly force as otherwise provided

by law for defense of oneself or defense of another person.

- Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 11, Part 6.

195 HB0411 Firearms and Ammunition - As enacted, enacts the "Coach Willard Ross

Act of 2009," which creates a Class A misdemeanor offense of attempting

to buy firearm when prohibited by law from possessing firearm and

attempting or selling firearm to person known to be prohibited by law

from possessing firearm. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

197 HB1311 Transportation, Dept. of - As enacted, removes department of finance and

administration's authority to transfer funds from the highway fund. -

Amends TCA Section 4-3-1016 and Title 54, Chapter 2, Part 1.

201 SB0393 Motor Vehicles - As enacted, prohibits sending or reading text messages

while operating a motor vehicle; provides certain exceptions. - Amends

TCA Title 55.

203 SB0946 Sentencing - As enacted, grants trial judge the option to resentence a

defendant whose probation has been revoked to a sentence of community

correction, if the probation violation was a technical violation, as well as

ordering the original sentence reinstated and the incarceration of the

defendant. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 35.

204 SB1073 Education, Higher - As enacted, exempts from the American History

course requirement for a baccalaureate degree persons who pursue

baccalaureate degrees in areas of study exempted, either by regulation of

the board of regents or by regulations or delegated authority of the board

of trustees of the University of Tennessee, if they have successfully

completed a course in American History in high school. - Amends TCA

Section 49-7-110.

207 SB1793 Parks, Natural Areas Preservation - As enacted, requires the commissioner

of the department of environment and conservation to offer discounted

rates to veterans who are Tennessee residents for activities at Tennessee

state parks during the off season. - Amends TCA Title 11, Chapter 3.

208 SB1947 Alcoholic Beverages - As enacted, specifies that retailers are prohibited

from selling intoxicating liquors to persons who are "visibly intoxicated" or

accompanying a "visibly intoxicated" person rather than somone who is

"drunk" or accompanying a "drunk" person. - Amends TCA Section 57-3-

406 and Section 57-5-301.

213 SB0235 Game and Fish Laws - As enacted, provides that the determination as to

whether property, such as vehicles, seized for violations of certain game

and fish laws is forfeited to state is determined by court hearing the

violation rather than an administrative hearing officer. - Amends TCA

Title 70, Chapter 6, Part 2.

218 SB1420 Election Laws - As enacted, makes various revisions to the election laws

including allowing a person to email a transfer of voter registration or email

a request for an application to vote absentee. - Amends TCA Section 2-7-

112(a)(3)(C)(i); Section 2-2-129(a)(1); Section 2-6-103(b)(1); Section 2-6-

202(a)(3); Section 2-6-304(f); Section 2-7-133(i); Section 2-7-142; Section

2-8-108 and Section 2-8-113(c).

219 SB1659 Veterans - As enacted, authorizes veterans to request removal of their

social security numbers from war records. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 10

and Title 58.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

241 SB0388 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, provides that escaping from the lawful

custody of a law enforcement officer constitutes the offense of escape the

same as escaping from a penal institution. - Amends TCA Title 39,

Chapter 16, Part 6.

251 SB1213 Public Contracts - As enacted, requires the department of health to

reimburse residential homes for the aged for each resident whose income

does not exceed $800 per month and whose income is limited to SSI

benefits. - Amends TCA Title 12, Chapter 4, Part 3.

262 SB2312 Education - As enacted, removes requirement of passage of the Tennessee

comprehensive assessment program tests in order to receive a full diploma;

provides for end-of-course assessments; revises lottery scholarship day

provisions. - Amends TCA Title 49.

265 HB0985 Motor Vehicles, Titling and Registration - As enacted, specifies that an

"antique motor vehicle" additionally includes a motor vehicle at least 25

years old with a non-modified engine and body that is used on the

highways for the purpose of selling, testing the operation of, or obtaining

repairs to or maintenance on the motor vehicle.

- Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 4.

270 SB0855 Foster Care - As enacted, establishes procedures for reviewing actions of

department of children's services when a foster parent believes that the

department has failed to follow the foster parents bill of rights and such

failure has harmed or could harm a child. - Amends TCA Section 37-2-415.

274 SB1168 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, creates offenses regarding improper

wearing of military decorations or falsely representing that one has been

awarded military decorations; offense is Class B misdemeanor, unless

medal involved is a Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service

Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, or Purple Heart, in which

case it is a Class A misdemeanor. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14

and Title 58, Chapter 1.

275 SB1210 Telecommunications - As enacted, creates a 2-1-1 advisory council. -

Amends TCA Section 65-4-117(b).

276 SB1517 Autopsies - As enacted, creates Class A misdemeanor offense for

unauthorized dissemination of autopsy materials. - Amends TCA Title 38

and Title 39.

279 SB2310 Professions and Occupations - As enacted, makes various changes

concerning pre-need funeral contracts, home inspectors, collection services,

and real estate appraisers. - Amends TCA Sections 62-5-403, 62-5-409,

62-6-307, 62-20-102, 62-20-108, 62-39-102, and 62-39-105..

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

280 HB0066 Divorce, Annulment and Alimony - As enacted, removes a provision that

allows a court to dismiss a divorce or legal separation complaint because

the complaint lacks required information; allows, as an alternative to the

specified information being included in the complaint, that the information

be provided by the parties and be contained in the court's records prior to

the entry of the final decree of divorce; revises provisions governing when

information does not have to be included. - Amends TCA Title 36,

Chapter 4, Part 1.

282 HB0218 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, requires certain actions by buyers and

dealers of scrap jewelry and metal and makes a violation of such

requirements a Class A misdemeanor. - Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 1,

Part 2.

283 HB0324 Education - As enacted, restates provisions governing reporting of

suspected child abuse by personnel of educational institutions and release

of related records. - Amends TCA Title 10; Title 37 and Title 49.

284 HB0417 Law Enforcement - As enacted, authorizes independent contractors who

provide on-site security and law enforcement capability at certain

government property that is an air force base and flight simulation test

center to employ persons to act as private special deputies for such

purposes. - Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 8, Part 1.

286 HB1187 Motor Vehicles - As enacted, broadens prohibitions on window tinting to

any motor vehicle operated on a public highway, rather than only to those

registered in Tennessee; and creates exemption for motor vehicles

registered in another state that comply with requirements of such state. -

Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 9, Part 1.

291 SB0251 Local Education Agency - As enacted, enacts the "Archival Protection Act

of 2009" to urge preservation of historically significant personal property

located in public schools that have been closed. - Amends TCA Title 49.

307 SB1665 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, redefines "serious bodily injury" to

include a broken bone of a child who is eight years of age or younger. -

Amends TCA Section 39-11-106.

312 SB2234 Hospitals and Health Care Facilities - As enacted, extends expiration date

of the tax on the gross receipts of ICFMRs from July 15, 2009, to July 15,

2011. - Amends TCA Section 68-11-830.

313 SB2271 Probation and Parole - As enacted, requires offenders under the jurisdiction

of the board of probation and parole who transfer residence to another

state pursuant to the interstate compact for the supervision of adult

offenders to pay to the board an application fee for the transfer; requires

board to set the amount of the fee by rule. - Amends TCA Title 40,

Chapter 28, Part 2.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

314 HB0347 Beer - As enacted, authorizes a city or county to seek a criminal history

background check or fingerprint check on an applicant for a beer permit

and to enter into an agreement with the TBI to conduct a search on such

information. - Amends TCA Title 57, Chapter 5, Part 1.

315 HB0374 Education - As enacted, requires written referrals for student's behavior to

be returned to faculty or staff member issuing the referral; referral to be

kept in a student discipline file and not part of student's permanent record.

- Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6.

323 SB0443 Hospitals and Health Care Facilities - As enacted, authorizes the board for

licensing health care facilities to delegate to the department of health the

authority to issue a new license to a successor owner of a health care

facility when there has been a change of control if certain requirements

met; increases the amount of major medical equipment, the acquisition of

which requires a certificate of need from $1.5 million to $2 million.

- Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 68.

324 HB0355 Motor Vehicles - As enacted, requires law enforcement officer to conduct

test to determine blood alcohol of driver involved in accident resulting in

injury or death if officer has probable cause to believe driver committed

DUI, vehicular homicide, or aggravated vehicular homicide; provides that

test results may be offered as evidence in court or administrative hearing

relating to accident or offense, subject to rules of evidence. - Amends TCA

Title 55, Chapter 10, Part 4.

325 HB0516 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, creates offense of making false statement

or concealment of material fact for purpose of obtaining accommodation in

housing project of a housing authority or for paying less rent than required

for such dwelling; offense is Class A misdemeanor punishable by fine

only, with fine to be determined in accordance with value of the benefit, in

accordance with theft provisions. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 11,

Part 1 and Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 1.

332 SB0523 Evidence - As enacted, creates privileged communication between critical

incident stress management team members and persons participating in

crisis intervention. - Amends TCA Title 24, Chapter 1, Part 2.

335 SB1530 Child Abuse - As enacted, specifies that juvenile courts, general sessions

courts, and circuit and criminal courts have concurrent jurisdiction to hear

criminal prosecutions of child abuse and neglect.

- Amends TCA Title 16, Chapter 15; Title 37, Chapter 1; Title 39,

Chapter 15 and Title 40, Chapter 1, Part 1.

337 SB1776 Abuse - As enacted, revises definitions of "adult" and "imminent danger"

in the adult protection statute. - Amends TCA Title 71, Chapter 6.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

340 HB1676 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement - As enacted, imposes penalty for

failure of a tobacco distributor or manufacturer to provide certain

information to commissioner of revenue. - Amends TCA Section 67-4-


342 HB0253 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, adds certain violations of rules of road to

present violations resulting in accident that are penalized as Class A

misdemeanors when involving death or as Class B misdemeanors when

involving serious bodily injury. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.

343 HB0530 Tobacco, Tobacco Products - As enacted, requires that at least 15 days

prior to removal of a tobacco product manufacturer or brand family from

the tobacco product manufacturer directory, the commissioner of revenue

must post notification of such removal in the directory and transmit notice

to any person who provides an email address to the commissioner for the

purposes of receiving notifications of directory updates via email. -

Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 4, Part 26.

347 SB0113 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, revises the Class A misdemeanor

harassment to add offense committed by a person who intentionally

communicates with another person without legitimate purpose: with the

malicious intent to frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress or in a

manner the defendant knows or reasonably should know would frighten,

intimidate or cause emotional distress to a similarly situated person of

reasonable sensibilities; and as the result of the communication, the person

is frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed. - Amends TCA Title

39, Chapter 17, Part 3.

348 SB0166 Wine, Wineries - As enacted, creates direct shipper license to be issued

through the alcoholic beverage commission that would allow an in-state or

out-of-state entity to ship wine directly to consumers age 21 years or

older in this state for personal use. - Amends TCA Title 57, Chapter 3.

350 SB0395 Vending Machines - As enacted, requires vending machines located on

state property to either use energy efficient lights for advertising or have

the lights used solely for advertising removed. - Amends TCA Title 12,

Chapter 2, Part 1 and Title 53, Chapter 12, Part 1.

352 SB0681 Education, Higher - As enacted, renames or corrects the names of certain

community colleges. - Amends TCA Title 49.

353 SB0718 Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As enacted, extends

provisions regarding dismissal of tenured teacher in Davidson County to

also apply in Shelby County. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 5.

358 SB0809 Children's Services, Dept. of - As enacted, clarifies that the department

and any state or local agency records that contain information that

identifies the person who made a report of child abuse or neglect are

confidential; specifies limited exceptions. - Amends TCA Title 10,

Chapter 7, Part 5; Title 36, Chapter 1, Part 1 and Title 37.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

363 SB1548 Pest Control - As enacted, provides terms for the engagement of services

for certain termite inspection and prevention plans without initial chemical

treatment. - Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 21, Part 1.

364 SB1567 Workers Compensation - As enacted, provides that any employee who

retains the right to reconsideration of an award of permanent partial

disability benefits for a workers' compensation injury that occurs on or

after July 1, 2009, and whose pre-injury employer is sold or acquired after

such award is made, may seek reconsideration from the successor

employer if either the employee's employment with the successor

employer is involuntarily terminated through no fault of the employee or

the employee's rate of pay is reduced to a level below the rate of pay that

the employee had at the time of the injury.

- Amends TCA Title 50 and Title 56.

370 SB2150 Financial Responsibility Law - As enacted, requires law enforcement

officers to request proof of compliance with financial responsibility laws

upon charging a person with any motor vehicle violation instead of only

moving violations. - Amends TCA Section 55-12-139.

372 SB2224 Railroads - As enacted, requires any person commissioned as a railroad

police officer to receive POST certification prior to such commission;

requires the POST commission to issue a certificate of compliance to any

person seeking to be commissioned as a railroad police officer, if the

person meets the qualifications for employment as a police officer and

satisfactorily completes the approved recruit training program. - Amends

TCA Title 38, Chapter 8 and Title 65, Chapter 6.

373 SB2299 Workers Compensation - As enacted, authorizes the commissioner of

commerce and insurance to establish by rule requirements for securities

posted by self-insured employers; requires that the employer's losses and

adequacy of reserves be certified annually, instead of biennially.

- Amends TCA Title 50, Chapter 6, Section 405, and Title 56, Chapter 4.

379 SB1638 Criminal Procedure - As enacted, requires district attorney general to

complete and file uniform judgment document within 30 days after

sentencing; requires that the document be signed by all parties, but if not

signed by the parties, the clerk must make a copy of the document

available to the parties before entry by the court.

- Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 35.

380 SB2090 Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As enacted, authorizes conveyance of

certain property purchased at tax sale by Shelby County, or included

municipality, to adjoining property owners upon actual or in-kind

payments of property's fair market value. - Amends TCA Section 67-5-


382 SB2184 Litter Control - As enacted, requires county mayors to administer certain

funds for litter control programs. - Amends TCA Section 39-14-510.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

384 HB0093 Hospitals and Health Care Facilities - As enacted, requires criminal

background checks to be conducted for nursing direct care employees

"prior to employment" instead of "prior to employment or within seven

days of employment". - Amends TCA Section 68-11-256.

385 HB0527 Remedies and Special Proceedings - As enacted, allows court to deny name

change petition if court believes it is to defraud, not made in good faith,

will cause injury, or compromises public safety. - Amends TCA Title 29,

Chapter 8, Part 1.

386 HB0590 Criminal Offenses - As enacted, defines "proceeds" for money laundering

offenses to include gross profits from commission of any unlawful activity

including real or personal property. - Amends TCA Title 39.

387 HB0815 Criminal Procedure - As enacted, expands the offense of aiming a laser

pointer or other device at a law enforcement officer to include aiming at

firefighters, emergency medical technicians, or other emergency service

personnel. - Amends TCA Section 39-16-515.

390 HB1210 Criminal Procedure - As enacted, prohibits parent from being issued arrest

warrant or criminal summons against teacher without written approval of

district attorney if the conduct alleged involved the teacher and a child of

such parent. - Amends TCA Title 40.

397 HB1605 Traffic Safety - As enacted, revises requirements governing bicycle use at

nighttime to require that a bicycle be equipped with a lamp on the front

that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the

front and either a red reflector or a lamp emitting a red light that is visible

from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful

upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.

- Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.

403 SB0009 Nurses, Nursing - As introduced, certifies medication technicians who can

administer certain medications in nursing homes under the supervision of

licensed nurses. - Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 7, Part 1.

405 SB0485 Hospitals and Health Care Facilities - As introduced, increases maximum

civil penalty for operating a facility without a valid certificate of need from

$500 to $1,000 per day of continued operation. - Amends TCA Title 63

and Title 68.

408 SB1976 Criminal Offenses - As introduced, modifies certain statutory provisions

pertaining to certain types of theft. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14,

Part 1.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

411 HB0327 Courts, Juvenile - As introduced, requires the juvenile court to work in

coordination with any other court having jurisdiction over the child or the

child's family when requiring any parent or legal guardian of a child within

the jurisdiction of the court to participate in any counseling or treatment

program the court may deem appropriate and in the best interest of the

child. - Amends TCA Title 16; Title 17; Title 18; Title 34; Title 36; Title

37; Title 39 and Title 40.

412 HB0351 Criminal Offenses - As introduced, creates new Class E and D felony

offenses of assault on law enforcement officer, and Class B felony offense

of aggravated assault on law enforcement officer. - Amends TCA Title 39,

Chapter 13, Part 1.

413 HB0619 Evidence - As introduced, admits into evidence a videotaped statement

made by a child under the age of 13 years describing any act of sexual

contact or physical abuse if child unavailable and statement reliable. -

Amends TCA Title 24.

414 HB0620 Sexual Offenses - As introduced, redefines "indecent exposure" to include

knowingly engaging in the person's own residence certain conduct in the

presence of a child for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification. -

Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.

416 HB0722 Physicians and Surgeons - As introduced, removes the Class B

misdemeanor offense of practicing naturopathy. - Amends TCA Section


419 HB1348 Mental Illness - As introduced, authorizes court to order outpatient

evaluation of criminal defendant pending a post-trial proceeding under

certain circumstances. - Amends TCA Title 33, Chapter 7, Part 3.

421 HB1495 Professions and Occupations - As introduced, revises various provisions

involving the practice of polysomnography. - Amends TCA Title 63,

Chapter 31, Part 1.

424 HB1847 Economic and Community Development - As introduced, revises the

Neighborhood Preservation Act. - Amends TCA Title 13, Chapter 6.

425 HB2233 Tort Liability and Reform - As introduced, adds the necessity of showing

by clear and convincing evidence to the extraordinary good cause needed

for a court to excuse noncompliance with certain requirements for medical

malpractice filings. - Amends TCA Section 29-26-121.

427 SB0683 Courts - As introduced, prohibits any person who has, or has had in the

past two years, a sexual relationship with a party or a party's attorney

from recording or transcribing for submission to any court or

administrative tribunal any hearing in an action involving such party or

such party's attorney. - Amends TCA Title 24, Chapter 9, Part 1.

432 HB0583 Criminal Procedure - As introduced, adds property received that is used as

instrumentality in or in furtherance of violation of any criminal offense to

criminal proceeds subject to forfeiture. - Amends TCA Title 39.

ChapterNo DocNumber Description

436 HB0092 School Transportation - As introduced, allows school buses to be used up

to 20 years of service, subject to annual safety inspections, by extending

permissible, yearly waiver limit for their service life after initial 12 years of

service from current three years to eight years. - Amends TCA Section


437 HB0129 Human Rights Commission - As introduced, directs human rights

commission to develop a Title VI compliance plan applicable to certain

state governmental entities; sets out duties of human rights commission in

regards to Title VI provisions. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3.

438 HB0352 Pensions and Retirement Benefits - As introduced, authorizes retired

members of TCRS to work for a city or county government without their

retirement benefits being suspended or lost; provides that retirement

benefits are not increased by employment in a local government entity. -

Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 36, Part 8.

439 HB0588 Criminal Offenses - As introduced, establishes what crimes may be a lesser

included offense generally and states that second degree murder is a lesser

included offense of certain first degree murder charges. - Amends TCA

Title 40.

440 HB0591 Criminal Offenses - As introduced, deletes offense of interception of

cellular or wireless telephone transmissions; redefines "electronic

communication" and "wire communication" for certain wiretapping and

electronic surveillance offenses. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.

441 HB0669 Motor Vehicles - As introduced, requires liability insurance be maintained

on all motor vehicles operated in Tennessee; insurance companies shall

notify division of financial responsibility when coverage is terminated;

owner of motor vehicle has 60 days to obtain insurance coverage again. -

Amends TCA Title 55 and Title 56.

442 HB0804 Child Custody and Support - As introduced, permits parents called to

active military service that requires them to be out of state for more than

90 days to petition the court to assign their visitation rights during their

absence to another person approved by the court. - Amends TCA Title

36, Chapter 6, Part 3.

This list is NOT complete. We continue to receive Public Chapters from the Secretary of State. Updates will be made to this list as necessary and a revision date will be listed at the top.

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In April, First Tennessee Bank and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition announced an agreement on a $3.9 billion reinvestment plan for economic development in low to moderate income communities under the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. The Chattanooga Times Free Press soon followed with an article reviewing the plan in depth. The plan presented Chattanooga, as well as ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Are We Like Nazis?

Four years after William Styron’s best-seller ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ had achieved the highest height of an atrocity that the literary world had known at the time, a little girl who was birthed the same year as the book (1979) was cast as Meryl Streep’s daughter in the movie. The four-year-old blonde knew nothing about evil, not to mention the Holocaust, but she became enamored with ... (click for more)

Lookouts Break Out Their Bats In Saturday's Rain Shortened Game Beating Barons, 12-2

Birmingham AL --  On a wet night at Regions Field, the Birmingham Barons (32-36) fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (36-33) by a 12-2 score on Saturday night in a rain-shortened contest. The Birmingham loss evens up the five-game series at two games each with one game to play in the first half. Rain and the Lookouts were the winners on Saturday night in Birmingham as the ... (click for more)

CFC Wins 2-0 At Inter Nashville FC

Chattanooga FC remained undefeated in NPSL play Wednesday night, beating Inter Nashville FC 2-0 in Nashville.   David Valenciano had CFC's first goal late in the first half.  Jose "Zeca" Ferraz scored the second goal minutes before the final whistle.  This is the fourth road game in the last two weeks and they play their final rode game at New ... (click for more)