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Bills Signed by Gov. Haslam: May 10-16

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; May 16, 2013:

 May 10

Senate Bill No. 1327 (Ketron, Harper)
This bill expands the definition of “urban park centers” for the purposes of selling alcohol at various venues in Davidson County.
(Passed Senate as Amended 21-10; Amended Bill Passed House 62-25)

Senate Bill No. 1246 (Hensley, Bowling, Campfield)
This bill creates a sunset for the Bureau of TennCare and sets that date to be June 30, 2015.
(Passed Senate as Amended 31-0; Amended Bill Passed House 88-0)

Senate Bill No. 1178 (Gardenhire)
This bill states that if a person makes an application for a renewal certificate of registration or registration plate and owes any motor vehicle registration fee to the office of the county clerk, then the clerk may deny the application until the person makes full payment on such fee amount.
(Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 92-0)

Senate Bill No. 1043 (Kelsey)
This bill allows the Secretary of State, in certain instances, to appoint administrative law judges to assist in relieving congestion on the claims commission docket.
(Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 92-0)

Senate Bill No. 736 (Gardenhire, Yager)
This bill relates to bail bonds and sureties in the event that a defendant does not pay his bond.
(Passed Senate as Amended 29-0; Amended Bill Passed House 96-0)

Senate Bill No. 592 (Johnson, Gardenhire, Overbey)
This bill is known as the “High Performing School District Flexibility Act”.
(Passed Senate as Amended 28-0, present not voting-1; Amended Bill Passed House 92-2)

Senate Bill No. 405 (Beavers)
This bill adds district attorney generals and state and local law enforcement to the group of state workers in the current code who shall not disclose tax information.
(Passed Senate as Amended 33-0; Amended Bill Passed House 98-0)

Senate Bill No. 66 (Green, Bowling, Burks, Yager)
This bill increases the penalties for assault, aggravated assault and second degree murder when the victim of the offense is a law enforcement officer, emergency medical or rescue worker, emergency medical technician, paramedic or firefighter.
(Passed Senate as Amended 25-2, present not voting-4; Amended Bill Passed House 93-3)

 

May 16

House Bill No. 848 (Ragan)
This bill authorizes the governor to call members of the state guard to active duty, with the member’s consent, for the performance of any official duty in connection with state guard activities.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

House Bill No. 841 (Durham)
This bill amends the Freedom in Contracting Act.
(Passed House 67-27; Passed Senate 26-6)

House Bill No. 830 (Matheny)
This bill creates a June 30, 2015, sunrise provision for the consumer advocate division in the office of the attorney general and reporter.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 29-3)

House Bill No. 810 (Matheny)
This bill extends the Department of Correction to June 30, 2015.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 794 (Matheny)
This bill extends the energy efficient schools council to June 30, 2014.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 780 (Matheny)
This bill extends the board of dentistry to June 30, 2017.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 766 (Matheny)
This bill extends the historical commission to June 30, 2019.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 30-1)

House Bill No. 755 (Matheny, Ragan)
This bill extends the State Board of Education to June 30, 2015.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 739 (Sanderson)
This bill gives authority to local governments to purchase supplies, goods, equipment and services under contracts or price agreements entered into by any other local governmental unit of this state.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

House Bill No. 710 (Littleton)
This bill adds an additional ground to terminate a person’s parental or guardianship rights.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

House Bill No. 705 (H. Brooks, J. DeBerry, Lollar)
This bill establishes a two-year pilot project operated by the Department of Education to study the accessibility of AP courses and career and technical certification examinations.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 29-0)

House Bill No. 597 (R. Williams, Hardaway)
This bill requires a parent to notify the child’s other parent before relocating more than 50 miles away, rather than 100 miles.
(Passed House 86-8; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 574 (Dunn, Eldridge, Sargent)
This bill states that for insurance companies without stockholders, the value of the corporate property of such company, excluding real property and tangible personal property, shall be equal to the total dividends paid to policyholders in the preceding calendar year.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 26-2)

House Bill No. 521 (Watson)
This bill states that it shall not be a defense to a violation of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, and especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor that the minor consented to the conduct constituting the offense.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 493 (Sargent)
This bill changes the current law regarding tax liens for delinquent property taxes and the sale of property at tax sales.
(Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 489 (Jones)
This bill allows the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to prescribe fees for the certification of batterers’ intervention programs.
(Passed House 88-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

House Bill No. 488 (Jones, Hardaway)
This bill makes changes to the requirements that the Department of Children’s Services can place on parents in determining whether to continue or restore custody.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 26-2)

House Bill No. 480 (Powers)
This bill pertains to the licensure requirements for roofing subcontractors.
(Passed House 83-2; Passed Senate 24-6)

House Bill No. 478 (Travis, Moody, Hardaway)
This bill states that a person may present proof of insurance during certain traffic stops or accidents in paper or electronic form.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 453 (Hardaway, Towns, Parkinson, Camper)
This bill allows a judge to assign a long-term mentor to a child in lieu of committing the child to the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.
(Passed House 89-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

House Bill No. 353 (Shipley)
This bill makes various changes to the state’s ignition interlock law.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

House Bill No. 342 (Harrison)
This bill continues the monthly nursing home assessment fee.
(Passed House 90-3; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 315 (H. Brooks)
This bill states that all contracts for goods in excess of $10,000 shall be bid and must be approved by the governing body of each public charter school.
(Passed House 74-19; Passed Senate 21-6; House adopted conference committee report 71-18; Senate adopted conference committee report 71-18)

House Bill No. 306 (Favors, Shipley, Jernigan, Hardaway, Evans, Powell, Parkinson, Miller)
This bill enhances the punishment for assault and aggravated assault when committed against health care providers acting in the discharge of their duties.
(Passed House 63-31; Passed Senate 31-1)

House Bill No. 283 (Forgety, Lynn, Shepard, K. Brooks, Powers, Keisling, Sexton, Travis, H. Brooks, Fitzhugh)
This bill allows for the 25% reduction of tuition for state institutions of higher learning to apply to children of retired teachers.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 21-5)

House Bill No. 234 (Carter, Moody, T. Hill, Lollar)
This bill allows a court clerk to withhold any outstanding fees, court costs or fines owed by a minor before the clerk delivers any funds within a trust fund established for the minor claimant.
(Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 29-1)

House Bill No. 196 (McCormick)
This bill redefines “criminal gang offense” for purposes of enhanced penalties for gang offenses.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 193 (McCormick)
This bill lowers the state sales tax on food from 5.25% to 5%.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 31-1)

House Bill No. 192 (McCormick)
This bill increases the Hall Tax exemption level for individuals who are 65 years-old and over.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 183 (McCormick)
This bill establishes a pilot program within the Department of Transportation for an alternative procurement procedure known as the Construction Manager/General Contractor method.
(Passed House 88-5; Passed Senate 30-0)

House Bill No. 175 (McCormick, Goins)
This bill makes various changes to franchise and excise tax law.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 116 (Dunn)
This bill amends current law relative to the mechanism used to fill unexpected vacancies on the boards of commissioners of single-county utility districts.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

House Bill No. 95 (McDaniel)
This bill officially designates the working committee that planned the War of 1812 Bicentennial events and activities as an official Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 88 (Lundberg)
This bill makes changes to the current law relative to the use of juveniles by law enforcement in undercover operations for purchasing smoking materials, alcohol, illegal drugs or state lottery tickets.
(Passed House 88-7; Passed Senate 22-5)

House Bill No. 32 (Sexton)
This bill requires the state to provide to each Tennessee resident who is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor a free Medal of Honor memorial registration plate for up to two motor vehicles.
(Passed House 99-0; Passed Senate 32-0; Conference report adopted by the House 90-0; Conference report adopted by the Senate 27-0)

House Bill No. 6 (Watson)
This bill enacts the “School Security Act of 2013”.
(Passed House 82-15; Passed Senate 27-6)

House Bill No. 1359 (Rich)
This bill makes changes to the charter of the town of Somerville.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 29-0)

House Bill No. 1358 (Rich)
This bill makes changes to the charter of the town of Grand Junction.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 33-0)

House Bill No. 1356 (Halford)
This bill makes changes to the charter of the town of Bradford.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

House Bill No. 1355 (Doss)
This bill makes changes to the way that proceeds from the hotel and motel privilege tax in Giles County are allocated.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

House Bill No. 1348 (Womick)
This bill authorizes the Murfreesboro city council to prescribe a dollar limit over which competitive bidding is required.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

House Bill No. 1346 (Pody)
This bill authorizes the local legislative body of Cannon County to levy a 5% hotel tax.
(Passed House 77-9; Passed Senate 27-2)

House Bill No. 1341 (Powell)
This bill allows certain metropolitan governments to impose a tax on retail sales of up to 0.25%.
(Passed House 66-30; Passed Senate 28-3)

House Bill No. 1331 (J. DeBerry)
This bill expands the number of private colleges and universities authorized to establish police departments.
(Passed House 77-7; Passed Senate 25-1)

House Bill No. 1276 (McCormick)
This bill creates the labor education alignment program (LEAP).
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 1268 (Farmer)
This bill encourages the State Building Commission to prescribe high performance building requirements and promulgate rules which meet or exceed the 2005 Sustainable Design Guidelines.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 29-0)

House Bill No. 1246 (C. Johnson)
This bill directs the executive director of the Tennessee district attorneys general conference to prepare a report on steps which should be taken to improve sales tax fraud investigations and prosecutions.
(Passed House 85-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 1213 (M. Turner)
This bill extends from 2014 to 2020 the authority of metropolitan governments to impose a hotel occupancy tax in excess of $2.00.
(Passed House 65-17; Passed Senate 28-2)

House Bill No. 1154 (Rogers)
This bill directs the state funding board to study the “Copeland Cap”.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 1112 (Haynes)
This bill amends the current law regarding dismissal of teachers because of a decrease in school enrollment or for other reasons.
(Passed House 75-20; Passed Senate 27-4)

House Bill No. 1084 (Alexander)
This bill states that an intoxicating liquor may not advertise as “Tennessee Whiskey” unless it meets certain criteria.
(Passed House 79-6; Passed Senate 24-6; Conference committee report adopted by House 79-8; Conference committee report adopted by Senate 20-3)

House Bill No. 1066 (Keisling)
This bill modifies the appointment process for the board of certification for operators of water supply systems and wastewater systems.
(Passed House 86-3; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 1055 (Durham)
This bill changes the definition of “home school student” for purposes of the HOPE scholarship.
(Passed House 89-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 987 (Goins)
This bill amends the affidavit requirements for the administration of small estates.
(Passed House 98-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

House Bill No. 982 (Sanderson)
This bill pertains to the transfer of funds from the small and minority-owned business program.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 29-0)

House Bill No. 952 (Wirgau)
This bill states that a landfill operator must first submit a proposal to the appropriate legislative bodies prior to accepting any waste that would require a change in the classification of a landfill.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

House Bill No. 920 (Moody)
This bill eliminates the defense of ignorance or mistake of fact as to the age of a minor for the crimes of patronizing prostitution and soliciting a minor to observe sexual conduct.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

House Bill No. 868 (Sexton)
This bill prohibits pain management clinics from dispensing controlled substances, with certain exceptions.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

House Bill No. 864 (Lollar)
This bill allows for the extraterritorial application of Tennessee workers compensation laws in certain limited circumstances.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

Senate Bill No. 63 (Yager, Haile)
This bill requires the Dept. of Finance & Administration to monitor the pharmacy benefits manager’s compliance with any state pharmacy benefits management contract.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 91-0)

Senate Bill No. 88 (Finney, Kelsey, Ford)
This bill requires the Dept. of Education to review all measures that are in place to prevent breaches in the security of standardized tests administered in public schools.
(Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 92-0)

Senate Bill No. 122 (Ketron)
This bill prohibits members of the TN Housing Development Agency from having any financial interest in any housing development financed or assisted by the agency.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 96-0)

Senate Bill No. 157 (Norris)
This bill enhances the accountability provisions for virtual public schools, sets the cap on enrollment in those schools, and allows the commissioner to direct the LEA to close the school if the school demonstrates a performance level of “significantly below expectations” for three consecutive years.
(Passed Senate 27-2; Passed House 66-29)

Senate Bill No. 170 (Norris, Ketron)
This bill rewrites the state’s procurement laws.
(Passed Senate 29-0; Passed House 92-5)

Senate Bill No. 176 (Norris, Tracy, Bowling, Haile, Stevens)
This bill gives the Dept. of Human Services more authority to investigate fraud in the food assistance program administered by the department.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 96-1)

Senate Bill No. 399 (Southerland, Ford)
This bill requires all changeable highway message signs installed by the state after July 1, 2014, to come equipped with a light sensing device that adjusts the brightness in correlation with light conditions.
(Passed Senate 29-1; Passed House 86-5)

Senate Bill No. 408 (Beavers)
This bill alters the boundary between Davidson and Wilson counties.
(Passed Senate 29-0; Passed House 95-1)

Senate Bill No. 713 (Stevens, Bowling, Henry)
This bill makes various changes and additions to the Tennessee’s trust laws.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 79-0)

Senate Bill No. 728 (Watson)
This bill allows the trustees of deferred compensation plans for state and local governments to contract for investment management, professional, and consultant services.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 92-0)

Senate Bill No. 745 (Massey, Beavers, Bowling, Campfield, Ford, Harper, Gresham, Yager)
This bill states that if a physician determines from a mammogram that a patient has dense breasts, the facility shall provide explicit notice to the patient of the results of the mammogram.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 90-0)

Senate Bill No. 747 (Massey)
This bill allows a beer manufacturer to hold a license as a “limited service restaurant” for purposes of selling for consumption off the premises beer manufactured at the location or at any other restaurant owned by the same owner.
(Passed Senate 22-7; Passed House 74-16)

Senate Bill No. 1145 (Green, Bowling, Gardenhire, Yager)
This bill states that no navigator shall sell, solicit or negotiate any policy of insurance either within or outside of a health care exchange.
(Passed Senate 28-1; Passed House 87-0)

Senate Bill No. 1215 (Green, Bowling, Campfield)
This bill requires each local and county board of education to annually file written policies adopted by the board to impose disciplinary sanctions on students who electronically transmit threats of bodily injury to other students or school employees.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 89-1)

Senate Bill No. 459 (Yager, Massey, Henry, Burks, Kelsey, Overbey)
This bill enacts the Safe Harbor Act of 2013.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 97-0)

Senate Bill No. 496 (Gresham, Ford)
This bill requires local education agencies, at the request of DCS, to provide the department all school records for a child in custody of the department or receiving foster care services.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 92-1)

Senate Bill No. 529 (McNally, Burks, Yager)
This bill states that nurse practitioners and physician assistants shall not prescribe certain controlled substances unless the prescriptions are approved by the supervising physicians.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 91-0)

Senate Bill No. 547 (Bell)
This bill prohibits the display of messages in support of or opposition to a referendum on a sign owned by an LEA or on an LEA-owned building.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

Senate Bill No. 590 (Johnson)
This bill allows a wholesalers liquor license to be issued to additional entities under certain circumstances.
(Passed Senate 21-7; Passed House 56-22)

Senate Bill No. 620 (Norris)
This bill directs the Dept. of Revenue to study the establishment of a program for the sale of nonrefundable gift vouchers that may be redeemed toward the fee for specialty motor vehicle registration plates.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 94-1)

Senate Bill No. 623 (Norris)
This bill replaces references to the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist with references to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 95-0)

Senate Bill No. 749 (Massey)
This bill provides that the disability of a parent seeking custody does not create a presumption for or against awarding custody, but it may be considered a factor.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

Senate Bill No. 860 (Tate)
This bill allows eligible petitioners to file a petition for the expunction of that person’s public records involving the crime.
(Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 26-1)

Senate Bill No. 867 (Gresham)
This bill provides that an LEA may grant release time to a professional employee to hold office as a representative of a local professional employees’ organization.
(Passed House 78-13; Passed Senate 30-0)

Senate Bill No. 891 (Hensley)
This bill makes various revisions to Tennessee’s asset forfeiture procedures.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 28-0)

Senate Bill No. 922 (Haile)
This bill prohibits the Dept. of Education, the State Board of Education, local boards of education, and the local education agencies from hiring individuals who have been found to have committed child abuse.
(Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 88-0)

Senate Bill No. 1053 (Kelsey)
This bill deletes a requirement that the trier of fact must specify, on an annual basis, the amount of future damages and the periods over which such future damages will accrue.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 92-0)

Senate Bill No. 1127 (Yager, Finney, Ford)
This bill revises the Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act of 2011.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 92-0)

Senate Bill No. 1319 (Dickerson)
This bill specifies that calling or emailing a person constitutes a good faith effort to notify the person prior to the utility being disconnected under the Utilities’ Cut-Off Procedures Act, which only applies in Davidson County.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 96-0)

Senate Bill No. 1320 (Dickerson)
This bill permits a county election commission, under certain circumstances, to consolidate one or more polling places from one or more precincts for a municipal election.
(Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 95-0)

Senate Bill No. 1346 (Yager)
This bill states that delinquent taxes on property that was damaged as a result of the coal ash spill in December 2008 shall not be subject to the penalty provided in the code but shall only accrue interest from the delinquency date of the respective tax year at the composite prime rate as of the delinquency date, minus two points.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 93-0)

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