New State Laws Take Effect July 1

Beginning on July 1, some 180 new Tennessee laws will take effect, WBIR.com reports. Among them is an anti-meth bill that limits the amount of pseudoephedrine people can buy to less than six grams a month. Two laws named in memory of a Knoxville couple murdered in 2007 will remove the state's 13th juror rule, which requires a judge to sign a unanimous verdict, and prevent attorneys from bringing up allegations of a victim's past that are not related to the case. Another, known as “Amelia's Law,” will allow judges to order offenders and parolees to wear a monitoring device that tests blood every 30 minutes if alcohol or drugs played a role in the underlying crimes. And finally, prosecutors will be allowed to charge mothers caught abusing drugs while pregnant. The Sparta Expositor also offers a list of new laws.