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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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Bills Signed by Gov. Haslam: April 19 – 26

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; April 26, 2013:

April 19

HB 80
This bill decreases the per diem that a member of the general assembly whose principal place of residence is 50 miles or less from the capitol may receive and increases the number of days that such members may receive a mileage allowance.
(Passed House 72-15; Passed Senate 28-2)

HB 128
This bill requires, rather than permits as it stands under current law, that restitution to the victim be paid by the defendant for the offenses of patronizing prostitution, trafficking for commercial sex acts, solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes, and enlisting or paying a minor to engage in child pornography.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

HB 155
This Administration bill enacts the Tennessee Governmental Accountability Act of 2013 as a new approach to measuring the strategic functions and operations of each department in order for the state government to operate more efficiently and effectively.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

HB 182
This is an administration bill for the DOT.
(Passed House 68-22; Passed Senate 26-4, present not voting – 1)

HB 191
This Administration bill gives the Tennessee Regulatory Authority the authority to implement alternative regulatory methods to allow for public utility rate reviews and cost recovery in lieu of a general rate case and proceeding before the authority.
(Passed House 98-0; Passed Senate 29-1)

HB 197
This bill creates the Successor Corporation Asbestos-Related Liability Fairness Act.
(Passed House as Amended 91-2; Amended Bill Passed Senate 27-2, present not voting – 2)

HB 225
This bill amends the current nuisance statute to re-define the term “nuisance” to include any place in which the sale or possession with intent to sale drug paraphernalia is carried on or permitted.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

HB 301
This bill creates a special account in the state treasury to be known as the Tennessee Civil War or War Between the States site preservation fund.
(Passed House as Amended 95-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 30-0)

HB 348
This bill permits a county by resolution and a municipality by ordinance to restrict children from participating in soliciting or collecting money at a highway or street intersection.
(Passed House 81-5; Passed Senate 29-0)

HB 534
This bill states that no state higher education institution shall discriminate against or deny recognition to a student organization, or deny to a student organization access to programs, funding, or facilities otherwise available to another available to another student organization on the basis of religious content of the organization’s speech.
(Passed House 75-21; Passed Senate 30-0)

HB 544
This is the Hospital Assessment Fee bill.
(Passed House 89-5; Passed Senate 30-0)

HB 742
This bill provides that victims of trafficking for commercial sex acts and patronizing prostitution who are thirteen (13) years old or younger may, under certain circumstances, testify outside the courtroom by closed circuit television.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

HB 809
This bill extends the sunset date of the Department of Economic and Community Development to June 30, 2017.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

HB 837
This bill extends the sunset date of the film, entertainment and music commission to June 30, 2014.
(Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

HB 1019
This bill states that physician orders for scope of treatment (“POST”) may be issued by a physician for a patient with whom the physician has a bona fide physician-patient relationship.
(Passed House as Amended 95-1; Amended Bill Passed Senate 28-0)

HB 1050
This bill adds persons who :physically possess or control” a dependent and neglected child to an existing list of whom must be unavailable to protect the child before the child may be detatined.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

HB 1343
This bill enacts a hotel/motel tax in Macon County, subject to the locals approving it.
(Passed House 73-5; Passed Senate 29-0)

HB 1347
This bill allows the local legislative body of the City of Spencer to pass resolutions by one meeting and one reading, instead of two.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 29-0)

HB 1349
This bill, subject to local approval, rewrites the charter of the City of Columbia, Tennessee.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 29-0)

SB 2
This bill names bridges at the Midtown interchange on Interstate-40 in Roane County.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 33-0)

SB 113
This bill specifies that a student may be excused from disciplinary action if the student is determined, after an investigation, to have acted in self-defense under a reasonable belief that the student or another to whom the student was coming to the defense of, may have been facing the threat of imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, which the student honestly believed to be real at that time.
(Passed House 89-1; Passed Senate 32-0)

SB 131
This bill requires that on vehicles that are factory equipped to illuminate the registration plate, the registration plate must be illuminated at all times that the headlights are illuminated.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Amended Bill Passed House 63-34; Senate concurred in House Amendment)

SB 222
This bill authorizes a punitive damages award against a defendant based on vicarious liability for the acts or omissions of an agent or employee of the defendant.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 25-3, present not voting – 3)

SB 240
This bill provides if any of public schools established under the jurisdiction of an LEA are members of an organization establishes or maintains eligibility requirements for home school students desiring to participate in interscholastic athletics at a member school, then the LEA must permit participation in interscholastic athletics at those school by home school students who satisfy the eligibility requirements established by the organization.
(Amended Bill Passed House 69-24; Passed Senate 31-0, Senate concurred in House Amendment)

SB 395
This bill redefines “all-terrain vehicles” for adventure tourism to include motorized vehicles with specific widths, rather than motorized vehicles with seats or saddles and handlebars for steering control.
(Passed House 88-0; Passed Senate 33-0)

SB 542
This bill amends the definition of bigamy and increases the fine to $5,000.
(Passed House 89-0; Passed Senate 31-0)

SB 578
This bill extends the date for state agencies, universities and community colleges that have state owned motor vehicles fleets to develop and implement plans to increase the state’s use of alternative fuels, synthetic lubricants, and fuel-efficient or low-emission vehicles to Jan. 1, 2015.
(Passed Senate 33-0; Amended Bill Passed House 85-6, Senate concurred in House Amendment)

SB 834
This bill adds personal, non-government issued, email addresses to the types of information of public employees, and applicants to such positions that must be treated as confidential and not open to public inspection.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

SB 841
This bill authorizes the OZ facility in Davidson County to serve and sell alcoholic beverages for on premises consumption.
(Passed House 62-19; Passed Senate 32-7)

SB 906
This bill revises various provisions related to election law.
(Passed House 76-13; Passed Senate 24-6)

SB 955
This bill requires healthcare practitioners and their licensing boards to undertake certain actions when a practitioner is under state or federal indictment involving the sale or dispensing of controlled substances.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 33-0)

SB 1020
This bill amends the Tennessee Banking Act pertaining to the limitations on a bank for holding real property, acquired by a bank to satisfy or protect a loan previously made by the bank.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

SB 1048
This bill allows an existing licensed and operating nursing home, which has been operated as part of a continuing care retirement community that offers long term care, may relocate 30 or fewer of its licensed beds to a new, separately licensed nursing home which will operate as part of a continuing care retirement community subject to certain conditions.
(Passed House 89-0; Passed Senate 33-0)

SB 1201
This bill changes two definitions that currently exist in the code to authorize the collection of certain charges by health care providers for the voluntary provision of health care services when forwarded to a sponsoring organization.
(Passed House 84-7; Passed Senate 32-0)

SB 1218
This bill revises the names of various committees in statutory references to conform to rule changes adopted by the house and the senate.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

 

April 24

House Bill No. 87
This Bill authorizes the county budget committee in Sullivan County to have between five and nine members, one of which will be the County mayor.
Passed House as Amended 96-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 32-0

House Bill No. 1073
This bill states that an individual acting as an agent under the Tennessee Health Care Decisions Act or an individual designated as a surrogate may apply for admission to a public or private hospital or treatment resource for diagnosis or treatment of a mental illness of the person for whom the individual is acting as the agent or surrogate.
Passed house as Amended 91-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 32-0

House Bill No. 1097
This bill states that beds in the Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (“ICFMR”) may be filled after the existing patients pass away by persons from patients on the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities facilities’ home and community based services (HCBS) waiver waiting list, subject to the person’s freedom of choice.
Passed House as Amended 94-0; Amended Bill Passed 29-0

House Bill No. 1223
This Bill removes current language in the code that states that the amount of wages agreed upon by an employer and his employee constitutes a basis for litigation.
Passed House as Amended 96-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 27-6

Senate Bill No. 16
This bill prohibits employers and their employees who contract with a school or child care program from having direct contact with the school or child care center’s children or coming on the school or child care center’s grounds when children are present if convicted of specific types of murder, kidnapping, and sexual offenses.
Passed Senate as Amended 33-0; Amended Bill Passed House 96-0

Senate Bill No. 125
This bill allows any photo identification issued by state of Tennessee or United States to be used as evidence of identification for voting purposes but prohibits the use of county or municipal identifications, including a public library card, for voting purposes.
Passed Senate 21-8; Amended Bill Passed House 65-30; Senate concurred in both House Amendments

Senate Bill No. 127
This bill requires a county election commission send certification of results to the alcoholic beverage commission when a referendum is held by the county.
Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 95-0

Senate Bill No. 148
This is an administration bill for the Department of Commerce and Insurance. It removes the requirement in the code that the engineering exam be a “minimum eight-hour” exam.
Passed Senate as Amended 30-0; Amended Bill Passed House 94-0

Senate Bill No. 159
This Administration bill for TDEC provides that appeals to environmental boards will first be heard by an administrative judge from the administrative procedures division of the secretary of state’s office, instead of by the entire environmental board.
Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 33-0

Senate Bill No. 172
This administrative bill replaces the “Retail Food Store Inspection Act of 1986” with the modernized “Tennessee Retail Food Safety Act,” and replaces the “Hotel, Food Service Establishment and Public Swimming Pool Inspection Act of 1985 with the “Hotel and Public Swimming Pool Inspection Act.”
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 33-0

Senate Bill No. 179
This Administration bill amends the Hazardous Chemical Right to Know Law, which sets forth standards regulating the rights of persons living and working in Tennessee to be provided with information regarding hazardous chemicals in order to make decisions regarding personal welfare.
Passed Senate 32-0; Amended Bill passed House 92-0; Senate concurred in House amendment

Senate Bill No. 184
This is an administration bill for the Department of Revenue. It increases the maximum number of distinctive alpha-numerical characters that must be on a license plate from “six” to “seven”.
Passed Senate as Amended 30-0; Amended Bill passed House 95-0

Senate Bill No. 187
This Administration bill permits the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to promulgate rules and regulations regarding access to its statewide P25 Interoperable Communications System and assessments for the maintenance of the system.
Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 195
This is an administration bill for the Governor. It is the bill that exempts WGU-TN from the authority of the TN Higher Education Commission.
Passed Senate 26-1, present not voting 3; Passed House 74-18

Senate Bill No. 224
This bill provides that, for purposes of credit cards, a creditor’s records include written or electronic records of an original creditor, issuer, or succeeding creditor that have been acquired by the creditor through a contract, transaction or assignment and the records are incorporated as a business duty into the records of the creditor’s regularly maintained records and relied upon in the creditor’s regularly conducted business activity.
Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 31-0

Senate Bill No. 243
This Bill requires judgment debtors whose salaries, wages or other compensation are subject to a garnishment to notify a judgment creditor of any new employment within ten days.
Passed Senate 23-4, present not voting-1; Amended Bill passed House 93-0; Senate concurred in House amendment

Senate Bill No. 249
This bill increases from three to four the number of vehicles that a producer may lease to full time employees and specifically authorizes producers to lease up to four vehicles to leased employees of producers who work on site at a producer’s facility in TN.
Passed House 92-1; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 267
This bill requires that the first fire drill be conducted earlier in the school year and that an intruder drill be conducted as well.
Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 422
This bill imposes, on the sale of beer at wholesale, a tax equal to thirty-five dollars and sixty cents ($35.60) per barrel of thirty-one liquid gallons of beer sold.
Passed Senate as Amended 30-1, present not voting-1;Amended Bill passed House 87-2

Senate Bill No. 424
This bill clarifies functions performed by alcohol and drug abuse counselors to conform them to nationally recognized terminology and standards.
Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 28-0

Senate Bill No. 436
This bill increases the maximum amount of the fee local governments may charge for a false security or fire alarm from $25.00 to $50.00.
Passed Senate as Amended 26-4; Amended Bill passed House 94-0

Senate Bill No. 440
This bill requires that all applications for issuance or renewal of a motor vehicle dealer license contain an attestation that the applicant will comply with certain requirements.
Passed Senate 32-0, present not voting-1; Amended Bill Passed House 92-0; Senate concurred in House amendment

Senate Bill No. 527
This bill extends certain protections to private foundations from governmental intrusion.
Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 544
This bill requires that smoking paraphernalia be maintained behind the counter of a retail establishment in an area inaccessible to a customer or in a locked display case.
Passed House 90-2; Passed Senate 28-1

Senate Bill No. 647
This bill defines the requirement of “good and solvent bonds” for purposes of contractors entering into contracts with any city, county or state authority for public works within this state.
Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 28-0

Senate Bill No. 655
This bill revises the segment of State Route 169 in Knox County that is a scenic highway.
Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 665
This bill requires hospitals, birthing centers, health care facilities, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care practitioners who provide care to newborns and prenatal patients to make information and instruction about CPR available to at least 1 parent or caregiver of a new born infant.
Passed House 93-1; Passed Senate 33-0

Senate Bill No. 769
This bill abolishes the Tennessee Industrial Finance Corporation.
Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 93-0.

Senate Bill No. 770
This Comptroller bill repeals the State Government Quality Improvement act of 1992.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 33-0

Senate Bill No. 771
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee governmental accountability commission.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0

Senate Bill No. 772
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee law enforcement advisory council.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0

Senate Bill No. 773
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee industrial development authority.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0

Senate Bill No. 775
This Comptroller bill repeals the Access Improvement Fund Act of 1971.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0.

Senate Bill No. 776
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee broadband taskforce.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 831
This bill provides that a prosecution may begin upon indictment, presentment, or the issuing of a warrant when an offender is identified through a DNA profile.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended bill Passed House 94-1

Senate Bill No. 844
This bill removes a provision in Uniform Landlord and Tenant Act prohibiting public housing projects in Hamilton and Rutherford counties from charging more than $5.00 per month for the late payment of rent or charging a late fee at all unless more than 15 days have elapsed since rent was due.
Passed House 67-24; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill no. 902
This bill transfers the division of records management from the department of general services to the department of state.
Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 920
This bill revises various laws regarding the disbursement and investment of state funds.
Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0

Senate Bill No. 978
This bill redefines “institution” for purposes of the TN State School Bond Authority Act.
Passed House 91-2; Passed Senate 31-0

Senate Bill no. 994
This bill requires the Governor to include an allocation to the reserve for revenue fluctuations equal to an amount sufficient to maintain the reserve at 8%, instead of 5%, of estimated state tax revenues allocated to the general fund and the education trust fund.
Passed Senate 27-2;Amended Bill Passed House 93-1; Senate concurred in House Amendment

Senate Bill No. 999
This bill enacts the “Hawkins-Wilson Act” regarding the funding of the State’s debt.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 1002
This bill states that in counties that have a city with the population greater than sixty thousand (60,000), two of the members of the county board of equalization shall be appointed by the governing body of the largest city.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 92-0

Senate Bill No. 1208
This bill deletes obsolete and antiquated statutory text and references in regards to business, insurance and utilities.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 94-0

Senate Bill No. 1174
This bill redefines “volunteer firefighter” as any member or personnel of a fire department, volunteer fire department, and rescue squad or volunteer rescue squad for the purposes of saying that an entity that offers workers’ compensation insurance shall also offer medical benefits coverage for paid-on-call and volunteer firefighters.
Passed Senate 30-0; passed Housed as Amended 95-0; Senate Concurred in House Amendment 31-0

Senate Bill No. 1210
This bill brings expert witnesses under the definition of a “state employee” for liability purposes when the experts testify on behalf of the Department of Health at any administrative hearing held with respect to a disciplinary action against any person or entity required to be licensed by any board created pursuant to Titles 63 and 68, when a civil action for damages is commenced against such expert witnesses for any act or omission in the course of testifying.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House as Amended 92-0; Senate Concurred in House Amendment 30-0

Senate Bill No. 1269
Current law requires laboratory scientists to be supervised by a medical laboratory supervisor, director or technologist when performing certain forensic and drug testing analyses in a medical laboratory.
Passed Senate as Amended 26-3; Amended Bill Passed House 87-5

Senate Bill No. 1291
This bill removes the career ladder provisions for educators as a general rule and only retains them for the few educators who are still eligible for them.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 92-0

Senate Bill No. 1294
This bill adds the word “treating” before “health care institution” in a section of the code that deals with durable powers of attorney for health care purposes.
Passed Senate 28-0; Passed House 94-0

Senate Bill No. 1302
The bill requires child care agencies to develop written emergency plans in consultation with local authorities in the event of emergencies including fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 93-0

Senate Bill No. 1328
This bill adds a new section to the code that requires the Comptroller to approve noncompetitive purchases and contracts entered into by the Department of Transportation for non-construction and non-engineering projects or services with a term of more than one year that are renewable by either party that would extend the contract beyond 12 months and that have cumulative value of not less than $250,000.
Passed Senate 28-0; Passed House 85-7

Senate Bill No. 1333
This bill adds the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration venue to the definition of an Urban Park Center in the code, which allows alcoholic beverages to be sold and served on the premises.
Passed Senate 23-8, present not voting-1; Passed House 66-21

Senate Bill No. 1337
This bill authorizes, until January 1, 2014, the governing bodies of Niota, Gainesboro, Jamestown, Livingston, and Morristown to approve by two-thirds (2/3) vote the operation of a golf cart on any public roadway within the municipality that is not a part of the county highway system or the state system of highways or the interstate and national defense highway system.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House as Amended 93-0; Senate Concurred in House Amendment 30-0

Senate Bill No. 1410
This bill repeals the McNairy county wheel tax if the local legislative body concurs with this piece of legislation.
Passed Senat3 32-0; Passed House 94-0

House Bill No. 1288
This bill authorizes the creation of new municipal school systems.
Passed House 70-24; Passed Senate 24-5, present not voting-1

Senate Bill No. 1005
This bill is the Treasurer’s pension reform bill that creates the hybrid defined retirement benefits plan.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 71-16

 

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Senate Bill No. 145
This Administration bill for the Dept of Commerce and Insurance enacts the “ Standard Valuation Law.”
Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0

Senate Bill No. 151
This Administration bill for the Dept of Commerce and Insurance allows registered or exempt broker-dealers to execute purchase on behalf of their clients in securities that are unregistered for sale in Tennessee as long as the transaction is initiated solely by the client and the only compensation received by the broker-dealer is from the client.
Passed House 86-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 158
This Administration bill for the Dept of Education directs the department of education to require an LEA to obtain a formal written proof that a child who has moved out-of-state has enrolled in a school or program leading to the award of a regular high school diploma in order to not count the student as a dropout.
Passed House 87-0; Passed Senate 30-0

Senate Bill No. 233
This bill allows an LEA, in its discretion, to determine whether to continue employment of a non-tenured teacher who taught in a school prior to the school’s transfer to the achievement school district.
Passed House 73-17; Passed Senate 31-0

Senate Bill No. 259
This bill reduces the minimum order for renewal of specialty plates from 1000 to 800. The Administration’s position on this bill is defer.
Passed House 88-1; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No.568
This bill creates term limits for members of regional megasite authority boards of directors.
Passed House 85-0; Passed Senate 33-0

Senate Bill No. 582
This bill amends the definition of “compounding” for the purposes of compounding pharmacies to include, in certain circumstances, preparing, mixing, assembling, packaging or labeling of drugs that are not commercially available.
Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 29-1

Senate Bill No. 605
This bill requires ECD to execute a separate agreement in connection with any grant or loan contract that reserves the right of the department to recover the amount of money, grants, funds or other incentives disbursed if the person or entity benefiting from the money, grants, funds or incentives fails to fulfill their commitments.
Passed House 8-0; Passed Senate 32-0

Senate Bill No. 626
This bill removes exceptions for Shelby County regarding employment of certain election office personnel.
Passed Senate 28-0; Amended Bill Passed 87-1; Senate concurred in House amendment

Senate Bill No. 693
This bill removes the requirement that an applicant for licensure as a locksmith have a permanent fixed business location in Tennessee and merely requires a permanent fixed business location.
Passed House 85-3; Passed Senate 30-1

Senate Bill No. 714
This bill lessens the 10-year period that a person must wait between being a patient in a rehabilitation program or being hospitalized for alcohol, controlled substance or controlled substance analogue abuse before being eligible for a handgun carry permit to 3 years if the applicant entered voluntarily.
Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 24-2, present not voting-1

Senate Bill 733
This bill provides that a scrap metal dealer registration does not expire immediately upon the death of the registrant.
Passed Senate 33-0; Amended Bill Passed House 90-0; Senate concurred in House Amendment

Senate Bill No. 774
This Comptroller bill eliminates the state and local government advisory committee.
Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 30-0

Senate Bill No. 792
This bill concerns the TN Financial Literacy Commission.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 86-1

Senate Bill No. 857
This bill changes the reporting requirements of the Commissioner of the Dept. of Education relative to local education agencies’ internet acceptable use policies by allowing the Commissioner to post the report on the department’s website and give notice of the posting via email to the chairs of the education committees in lieu of submitting the biennial report directly to the chairs.
Passed Senate 28-0; Passed House 91-0

Senate Bill No. 866
This bill reverses a current provision in the law which required a local education agency to grant leave to an employee who held office as president of a professional employees’ organization if requested by that employee upon election.
Passed Senate as Amended 31-0; Amended Bill passed House 71-19

Senate Bill No. 962
This bill requires that a pharmacist make every reasonable effort to prevent the abuse of drugs which the pharmacist dispenses.
Passed Senate as amended 30-1; Amended Bill Passed House 90-0

Senate Bill No. 1017
This bill prohibits a governmental body from passing any law that imposes any condition that requires any employer or employee to waive his rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
Passed Senate as Amended 26-5, present not voting -1 Amended Bill Passed House 70-16

Senate Bill No. 1038
This bill amends the RICO Act to redefine “unlawful debt” to mean any money or other thing of value constituting principal or interest of a debt that is legally unenforceable in this state because the debt is related to certain sexual offenses such as trafficking for commercial sex acts, promoting prostitution, patronizing prostitution, solicitation of a minor, and soliciting the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 89-0

Senate Bill No. 1057
This bill requires all courts that implement an electronic court filing system to utilize a system provider authorized by the administrative office of the courts.
Passed Senate as Amended 31-0; Amended Bill Passed House 89-0

Senate Bill No. 1209
This bill is known as the “Prevailing Wage Act for the State Highway Construction Projects.”
Passed Senate as amended 25-5; Amended Bill Passed House 67-23

Senate Bill No. 1270
This bill requires that local board of education contracts for certain energy-related services be awarded on the basis of recognized competence and integrity and not be competitively bid.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 90-0

Senate Bill No. 1275
This bill is an Administration Bill for the Governor. It changes the references from “Commissioner” to “Administrator” throughout the Workers’ Compensation Law.
Passed Senate as Amended 30-0; Amended Bill Passed House 71-21

House Bill No. 9
This bill makes confidential and not open for public inspection all information contained in and pertaining to a handgun carry permit application or renewal application and the status of a handgun carry permit.
Passed House as Amended 84-10; Passed Senate as Amended 27-2, present not voting-1; House Concurred in Senate Amendment 87-0

House Bill No. 93
This bill states that where there is a final judgment of conviction, in the discretion of the court, conveyances, including vehicles, aircraft or vessels, are subject to forfeiture if used in the commission of a burglary, robbery, or felony theft.
Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 26-2

House Bill No. 158
This bill is an Administration bill for the Department of Finance and Administration. It ties state funding for the public defender offices in Shelby and Davidson count is to the consumer price index in future fiscal years.
Passed House as Amended 96-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 31-1

House Bill No. 715
This bill allows a coroner or county medical examiner to direct the cremation of an unclaimed body if proper notice and the elapse of time are in accordance with requirements in Title 68.
Passed House as Amended 91-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 28-4

House Bill No. 790
This bill extends the sunset date of the TN State Veterans’ Home board to June 30, 2015.
Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; House Concurred in Senate Amendment 90-0

House Bill No. 1344
This bill, subject to local approval, moves the City of Springfield’s election of Vice-Mayor to coincide with the November general city election beginning in 2014.
Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 32-0

House Bill No. 1345
This bill, subject to local approval, raises the Town of Greenbriar’s monetary limit on purchases that do not require competitive bidding from $3,500 to $10,000.
Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 32-0

House Bill No. 1350
This bill, subject to local approval, abolishes the juvenile court and part-time general sessions court of Hamblen County.
Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 32-0

House Bill No. 1353
This bill, subject to local approval, rewrites the city charter of Niota in McMinn County.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0