Watch List

Bills of interest to the Tennessee legal community

(Updated February 23, 2015)


Bills of interest to the Tennessee legal community. To gain more information between updates, visit the General Assembly's web site. There you'll also find contact information on each senator and representative.


Agriculture - 1


SB852 / HB1309 Articles of incorporation of cooperative marketing associations.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, allows articles of incorporation of cooperative marketing associations to be amended under certain procedures to allow for a conversion to a general nonprofit corporation. - Amends TCA Title 43, Chapter 16.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Animals & Animal Husbandry - 1


SB1330 / HB1364 Study - best practices for conducting livestock examinations.
CategoryAnimals & Animal Husbandry
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Kent Calfee
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, directs the department of agriculture to conduct a study on best practices for conducting livestock examinations related to suspected animal cruelty violations. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 44.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Banking & Credit - 4


SB93 / HB82 Commissioner's authority relative to Flexible Credit Act.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRemoves commissioner of financial institutions' authority to use a multi-state automated licensing system for gathering information as authorized by the Flexible Credit Act. Part of Administration Package.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB383 / HB518 Annual analysis and recapitulation of title pledges.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Michael Harrison
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of the department of financial institutions to prepare an annual analysis and recapitulation of title pledges, rather than a biennial analysis and recapitulation. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB496 / HB317 Interest rate for short-term lending transaction.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionProhibits short-term lenders from assessing an interest rate, for any short-term lending transaction, that exceeds 28 percent per year. Defines "short-term lending transaction." Authorizes the commissioner to promulgate rules with respect to appropriate civil penalties.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB911 / HB1172 Information printed on payment processors' contract with merchants.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Eddie Smith
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires a payment processor that contracts with a merchant to provide a device for the processing of payment card transactions to print certain information prominently in the written contract. - Amends TCA Title 45 and Title 47.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Campaigns & Lobbying - 11


SB141 / HB495 Lobbyists - contacting a legislator during session or committee.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Karen D. Camper
DescriptionProhibits a lobbyist or any employee or employer of a lobbyist from knowingly sending a text message or placing a telephone call to an official of the legislative branch while the official is participating in a legislative committee meeting or floor session, except in response to a prior request by the official.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB183 / HB158 Little Hatch Act - public school employees.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionMakes the "Little Hatch Act" applicable to teachers. Defines "teacher" as any person employed in a public school system as a teacher, helping teacher, teacher's aide, librarian, principal, supervisor, director of schools, or member of the administrative staff. Prohibits a teacher from displaying campaign literature, banners, stickers or other political advertising on the premises of any building or land owned by an LEA.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB654 / HB852 Paying past due child support not needed to regain voting right.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, removes requirement that a person must pay outstanding child support obligations that accumulated during any period of incarceration to have right of suffrage restored. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 29, Part 2.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB674 / HB701 Accepting digital currency as a campaign contribution.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionAllows a candidate or political campaign committee to accept digital currency as a contribution. Requires that any increase in the value of digital currency being held by a candidate or political campaign committee be reported as interest on any statement. Requires the candidate or political campaign committee to sell any digital currency and deposit the proceeds from those sales into a campaign account before spending the funds.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB687 / HB707 Prohibits lobbyist from making a campaign contribution to judge.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionProhibits lobbyist from making a campaign contribution to judge or a judicial candidate.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB969 / HB1139 Disclosure of certain gifts beginning with reports and statements.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionRequires disclosure of certain gifts to state employees, members of the general assembly, or members of the governor's executive staff, including those governor's staff members' spouses. Requires disclosure of any single gift or combination of gifts, defined as any payment, honorarium, subscription, loan, advance, forbearance, rendering, or deposit of money or services exceeding $10,000 from the same person received during the prior calendar year.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB970 / HB1138 Electioneering communication defined.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionRequires a person making disbursement for electioneering communication to electronically file the report with the registry of election finance within 24 hours. Specifies "electioneering communication" and details what contents the report must contain.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1117 / HB902 Accepting candidate's campaign contributions.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. John Ray Clemmons
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, prohibits any candidate from accepting more than 50 percent of the candidate's campaign contributions for each election from multicandidate political campaign committees instead of just statewide candidates. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 10.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB1219 / HB681 Requires summary of constitutional amendment on ballot.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires a summary of a constitutional amendment to precede the question on the ballot instead of requiring a summary for only those questions exceeding 300 words in length. - Amends TCA Section 2-5-208.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB1262 / HB1057 Establishes a five-member congressional redistricting commission.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionEstablishes a five-member congressional redistricting commission to accomplish redistricting for the house of representatives in congress after each enumeration and appointment of representation beginning in January 2021. Prohibits the changing of districts between appointments. Permits each legislative leader of the 2 largest political parties in each house of the legislature to appoint 1 voting member to the commission. Requires appointments to the commission to be made every ten years. Specifies eligibility to serve on the commission. Allows the commission to consult experts and consultants in order to carry out its duties. Permits the general assembly to appropriate funds to enable the commission to carry out its duties. Prohibits members of the committee to receive compensation or to actively participate or contribute to any political campaign of any candidate for federal office while members are a part of the commission. Requires a quorum of 3 members to perform any official business. Requires the commission to develop a redistricting plan. Requires, after creation, for the plan to be passed into law in order to be enacted. Requires the commission to cease to exist after the date of the first regularly scheduled general election for federal office.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SJR95 Constitutional amendment - independent redistricting commission.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro
DescriptionCalls for a constitutional amendment that establishes independent redistricting commission for senatorial and representative districts.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
House StatusNone

Commercial Law - 10


SB290 / HB184 Tennessee Truth in Caller ID Act.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionCreates an offense for a person, in connection with a telecommunications service or an interconnected VoIP service, to knowingly cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information to a subscriber with the intent to defraud or cause harm to another person or to wrongfully obtain anything of value. Specifies that a first violation is a Class B misdemeanor and a second or subsequent violation is a Class A misdemeanor. Clarifies that this section does not apply to authorized law enforcement activity or any lawfully authorized investigative or intelligence activity of the United States, this state or another state.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.
SB578 / HB298 Priority of purchase-money security interests.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionIncreases from 30 days to 60 days the period in which a purchase-money security interest in goods, other than inventory or livestock, must be perfected in order to maintain its priority over conflicting security interests in the same goods.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB627 / HB394 Listing a business entity's registered business address.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionAllows a business entity to list an address as its registered address even if the registered address is not a place of business for the business entity.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.
SB760 / HB586 Approval of transfer of structured settlement payment rights.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires an application for approval of a transfer of structured settlement payment rights to be made by the transferee and permits the application to be brought in the county where the payee resides, where the obligor or annuity insurer maintains a principal place of business, or in the court or before the authority that approved the structured settlement agreement. - Amends TCA Title 47, Chapter 18, Part 26.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.
SB919 / HB1140 Incorporating a trademark in a URL.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, makes it a violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act of 1977 to incorporate a trademark in a URL without the permission of the owner of the trademark, with certain exceptions. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 47.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB951 / HB930 Effective date of notice mailed through United States mail.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. John Ray Clemmons
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, establishes that, for purposes of nonprofit corporations, notice or other communication is effective, if mailed by United States mail postage prepaid and correctly addressed, when received or within seven days, instead of five days, after it is deposited in the United States mail. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 13; Title 48; Title 66 and Title 67.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB972 / HB767 Enacts the "For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act."
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act." - Amends TCA Title 48.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.
SB1017 / HB1085 Signage for charitable donation receptacles.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Brenda Gilmore
DescriptionRequires charitable organizations that places or maintains a collection receptacle in public view for the purpose of collecting donated clothing, household items, or similar goods to display signage on all sides of each collection that specify the charitable organization's name, address, phone number, and email address, and a statement expressing the charitable purpose for which the charitable organization exists. Extends such requirement to other operators of donation receptacles. Requires written permission of owner or lease holder of property prior to placing a collection receptacle on a property. Imposes civil penalties for failure to comply with these requirements.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1158 / HB776 Authorizes certain protected consumer security freezes.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, authorizes certain guardians to place a security freeze on the consumer report of a person under 18 years of age or an incapacitated person; authorizes remedies for violations of the security freeze; requires the division of consumer affairs to create a notice for the office of vital records to distribute in conjunction with certificates of birth describing the ability to utilize this type of security freeze. - Amends TCA Title 39; Title 47 and Title 68.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1329 / HB1071 Consumer warranty rights involving express warranties.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Roger Kane
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, creates certain provisions on consumer warranty rights, such as requiring any person making an express warranty related to an HVAC system to include language that identifies the person making the express warranty and conforms to federal disclosure standards; creates an action under consumer protection for violating such provisions. - Amends TCA Title 24 and Title 47.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Corrections - 2


SB289 / HB133 Lawsuits by inmates - venue.
CategoryCorrections
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionRequires that when a plaintiff inmate's action accrued while housed in a facility operated by a private corporation in contract with the state or local government, the action must be brought in the county in which the facility is located.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House State Government Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB744 / HB748 Person sentenced to county jail - reimbursement for charges.
CategoryCorrections
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Karen D. Camper
DescriptionProhibits country from seeking reimbursement for expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2015 in relation to the charge for which the person was sentenced to county jail, including any period of pretrial detention. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.

Criminal Law - 34


SB30 / HB45 Aggravated vehicular homicide - serving sentence imposed.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionRequires a person who commits aggravated vehicular homicide on or after July 1, 2015, to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release. Provides that no sentence reduction credits shall reduce below 70 percent the percentage of sentence the person must serve before becoming eligible.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
SB31 / HB44 Elevated offense of hit and run with a motor vehicle.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionEnhances the offense of hit and run with a motor vehicle from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony when the driver knew or should have known that death or serious bodily injury resulted from the accident. Allows trier of fact to infer that driver failing to stop knew or should have known that the accident resulted in death or serious bodily injury if the accident involved a vulnerable user of the highway.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status01/16/2015 - Held on House clerk's desk pending committee appointments.
SB99 / HB88 Revising registry of abused, neglected, or misappropriated property.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionDefines "abuse" and "neglect" as used for the registry of persons who have abused, neglected, or misappropriated the property of vulnerable individuals. Directs commissioner of health to create rules for the administration of maintaining the registry. Extends time to appeal inclusion on registry to 60 days after notification of inclusion on registry. Part of Administration Package.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Floor Consent Calendar 2 02/23/15.
House Status01/17/2015 - Held on House clerk's desk pending committee appointments.
SB147 / HB736 Financial exploitation of an adult is a Class D felony.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Thelma Harper / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionDefines "adult," "caretaker," "exploit" and "relative" for purposes of establishing the offense of financial exploitation of an adult by a caretaker. Creates a Class D felony for financial exploitation of an adult by a caretaker. Allows a court to freeze the funds, assets or property of a defendant, who is charged with taking property valued at more than $5,000, until criminal proceedings are complete. Permits recovery via civil action for financial exploitation of an adult by a caretaker. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB180 / HB935 Terrorism related property is subject to forfeiture.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionEstablishes that property used in the course of, intended for use in the course of, derived from, or realized through certain terrorist acts is subject to forfeiture. Provides that a person injured as a result of certain terrorist acts, and a law enforcement agency or other governmental agency that participated in the investigation, mitigation, seizure, or forfeiture process for such terrorist acts, may be entitled to costs and damages, and the property seized may be used as compensation. Provides that the allocation of proceeds in such an instance shall be paid to claimants in a specified order. Establishes that the limitations period for a claim brought under this act is five years from the date of discovery. Broadly Captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB314 / HB274 Possession of handguns in parks and recreational areas.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionRemoves the authority of local governments to prohibit by resolution the possession of handguns in parks or recreational areas owned or operated by the local government. Exempts persons who are authorized to carry handguns from the offense of carrying or possessing weapons in parks and recreational areas.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Civil Justice Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB399 / HB227 Transfer of child to adult court.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionRequires judge to transfer child to adult court if, on or after July 1, 2015 the child is alleged to have engaged in conduct that authorizes transfer to adult court or a criminal gang offense, and the child has a previous adjudication of delinquency for conduct authorizing transfer to adult court or a criminal gang offense. Specifies that transfer to adult court is within judge's discretion if the conduct is a sexual offense, between two minors, with an age difference of two years or less.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB463 / HB200 Tolling statute of limitations for civil actions.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionTolls the statute of limitations for civil actions if a criminal prosecution commences from the same acts or conduct. Establishes a 10-year statute of repose for actions tolled under this act. Allows filing for up to one year after the criminal case ends.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB509 / HB153 Unmanned aircraft surveillance of open-air venues without permission.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Michael Harrison
DescriptionProhibits use of an unmanned aircraft to capture an image of an individual or event at an open-air venue that can hold more than 100 people without the permission of the venue's owner or operator. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Civil Justice Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB628 / HB320 Handgun carry permit holders - may carry guns like law enforcement.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionSpecifies that valid handgun carry permit holders have the same rights, privileges, and prohibitions regarding the carrying of firearms, as permitted by state law, of any law enforcement officer who is not engaged in the actual discharge of official duties.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB637 / HB203 Authorizes confinement as condition of judicial diversion.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionAuthorizes court to order a qualified defendant to serve up to 11 months, 29 days in confinement as a reasonable condition of judicial diversion. Allows confinement to be served by split confinement or periodic confinement. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Criminal Justice Subcommittee 02/24/15.
SB673 / HB849 Extending defendant's probation until fees are paid.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
DescriptionAuthorizes court to extend a person's period of probation supervision until all fees, fines, and costs associated with the conviction are paid, or until the judge waives or declares the costs paid.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB709 / HB759 Use of drones for land surveying.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Andy Holt
DescriptionSpecifies that only a duly registered land surveyor may lawfully use an unmanned aircraft for land surveying.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB774 / HB682 Requirements for signs prohibiting firearms in certain public areas.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, rewrites the minimum requirements for phrases and symbols on signs prohibiting firearms in certain places open to the public. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB780 / HB535 Permits carrying handgun if not prohibited by law.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Rick Womick
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, permits a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to possess a firearm, openly or concealed, regardless of whether the person has a handgun permit. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 70.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB782 / HB679 Tennessee Fourth Amendment Protection Act
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionCreates the "Tennessee Fourth Amendment Protection Act." Protects a person's electronic data or metadata from collection or use by a federal agency. Prohibits state government from assisting in the collection or use of data by a federal agency. Requires a person's informed consent, a search warrant or a legally recognized exception to the warrant requirements for such collection or use of a person's data.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB784 / HB684 Open Carry Firearms Freedom Act of 2015.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionAuthorizes the open carry of a firearm without a permit. Removes defenses to prosecution of openly carrying an unloaded rifle, shotgun, or handgun with ammunition not in immediate vicinity, and possessing a rifle or shotgun to protect livestock from predatory animals. Authorizes a person to remove firearm from a vehicle for the limited purpose of storing it in another location in the vehicle. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB785 / HB680 Requires warrant prior to accessing data on electronic device.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionDefines key terms in relation to government access to stored and transmitted dates on electronic devices. Requires government entities to obtain search warrant before accessing stored or transmitted data from electronic devices except under certain circumstances. Requires user whose data was searched to be notified within three days of obtaining the data unless an order allowing delay in notification is granted by the court. Specifies what information the notification must include.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB832 / HB1160 Eliminates certain defense to criminal trespass.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionProvides that the defense to prosecution for criminal trespass that the person believed entry was permitted, did not interfere with owner's use of property, and promptly left when asked, is not available for offense of criminal trespass by a person age 18 to 21 in a licensed retail package store.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
SB841 / HB771 Prohibits prosecution for drug crimes under certain circumstances.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, prohibits prosecution for crimes in title 39, chapter 17, part 4, if the prosecution is based on evidence acquired as a result of a person seeking emergency medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
SB881 / HB196 Fines imposed - abuse of person over 60 years old.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Brenda Gilmore
DescriptionRequires a fine in an amount between $50 to $200 be imposed on a person convicted of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult if the victim was over 60 years of age. Requires such fines be appropriated by the general assembly to fund services and programs for senior citizens.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB903 / HB1314 Various changes to animal cruelty offenses.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionRequires person convicted of animal cruelty to pay the cost of housing and any rehabilitative training needed for the animal that is the basis for the conviction. Specifies that it is a separate offense of animal cruelty and animal fighting for each animal that is a victim. Increases offense of being a spectator at a dog fight from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB926 / HB1245 Vandalism of a retail merchant.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. Andy Holt
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, creates specific definitions for and new offense of vandalism of a retail merchant; penalty for new offense remains same as present law; "damage" to merchandise includes tampering with or rendering the product unusable or diminished in value. - Amends TCA Section 39-14-408.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB952 / HB1010 Cruelty to animals redefined.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionSpecifies the dividing and rewriting of animal abuse provisions between livestock and nonlivestock animals, as well as revising other provisions concerning animals. Specifies a portion of the law to be known as the "Prevention of Cruelty to Livestock Act." Specifies aggravated cruelty to livestock and what constitutes and does not constitute aggravated cruelty. Establishes aggravated cruelty to livestock as a Class E felony. Broadly captioned. (10pp.)
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Withdrawn in House.
SB981 / HB1239 Creates procedure for the collection of sexual assault evidence kits.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Larry J. Miller
DescriptionDefines key terms regarding the medical examination and collection of evidence from the person of a sexual assault victim. Specifies procedures for collecting evidence for sexual assault evidence kits or hold kits, and under what circumstances the resulting evidence may be submitted for testing. Directs domestic violence state coordinating council to create a model policy for responding to reports of sexual offenses and distribute it to law enforcement agencies likely to encounter reports of sexual offenses. Specifies that law enforcement agencies likely to encounter reports of sexual offenses must establish written procedures for responding to reports of sexual assault that have the same or higher standards than the model policy developed by the council.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1110 / HB1341 Prohibits use of public funds to enforce certain federal firearm laws.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
DescriptionProhibits the allocation of public funds, personnel, or property for the implementation, regulation, or enforcement of any federal law, executive order, rule, or regulation regulating the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1233 / HB1067 Process of reciprocal disclosure of witnesses for criminal trials.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionEstablishes process of reciprocal disclosure of witnesses for criminal trials that defendant may elect to invoke which mutually binds both the defendant and the district attorney general to disclose certain information. Specifies that this does not alter district attorney general's other disclosure obligations. Defines key terms and sets out procedures for reciprocal disclosure, what information is not subject to disclosure, when the court can restrict disclosure and testimony.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1234 / HB853 Permits a bondsman to take certain actions without legal counsel.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, permits a professional bondsman to take certain actions without legal counsel; directs that documents relating to the assignment of collateral be delivered to the presiding judge of the judicial district; creates a procedure for a surety to deliver to the court an investment certificate to establish or increase the surety's capacity. - Amends TCA Section 40-11-302.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
SB1250 Business competitor intimidation.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, makes it a Class A misdemeanor for any person to use threats of inflicting bodily injury with the intent to prevent any person from engaging in any lawful occupation because the person may be a business competitor; punishable by a fine only of not more than ($1,000). - Amends TCA Title 47; Title 50 and Title 62.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SB1265 / HB583 Required state consent to waive right to preliminary hearing.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRequires a defendant in a criminal case to have consent of the state before waiving right to preliminary hearing. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
SB1327 / HB1203 Certain first degree murder convictions - serve 100 percent.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires that a person convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, must serve 100 percent of the sentence imposed if the sentencing court finds that the murder involved torture beyond that necessary to inflict death or it involved kidnapping the victim and the person was never charged with kidnapping. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 2 and Title 40, Chapter 35, Part 5.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1364 / HB1317 Eliminates death penalty for first degree murder.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionEliminates the use of the death penalty as a criminal sentence.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1372 / HB1270 Additional victims receive victims' rights.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionAdds victims of domestic assault, violation of an order of protection or restraining order, stalking, and vandalism or false imprisonment of a domestic violence victim to those that are entitled to receive victims' rights. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1379 / HB1062 Class C offense for handling deadly insects that endangers people.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionExtends Class C misdemeanor offense for handling deadly snakes and reptiles in a manner that endangers other people to include handling deadly insects.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Economic Development - 1


SB1010 / HB1015 "Professional services" limited for purposes of sales tax exemption.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, clarifies that the additional fee on the sales price of services sold within a certain central business improvement district does not apply to sales of accounting, legal, or other professional services. - Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 88 and Title 67.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.

Education - 14


SB4 / HB1280 Tennessee standards commission for education.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Billy Spivey
DescriptionEstablishes the Tennessee Standards Commission for the purpose of recommending curriculum standards to the state board of education (the board) for adoption. Outlines the requirements for the appointment of members, such as requiring appointments from each grand division of the state, the term limits of the members and their confirmation, which must done through joint resolution of the general assembly. Establishes the criteria that must be considered by the commission for the recommendation of standards. Provides that the proposed standards shall be posted for public review prior to being adopted by the board. As soon as practicable after the initial meeting, the commission is required to recommend changes to the English language arts and mathematics standards in use during the 2014-2015 school year, and shall strive to limit the number of high stakes assessments administered. Further provides that the commission shall make recommendations to the board regarding advanced placements (AP) courses. The board or the department of education is required to cancel any memorandum of understanding with regards to Common Core standards entered into with the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB10 / HB10 U.S. citizenship test requirement for high school graduation.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRequires that students pass the United States citizenship and immigration services' civics test with a score of at least 60 percent in order to receive a regular high school diploma.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House State Government Committee.
SB27 / HB138 Individualized Education Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Debra Moody
DescriptionEnacts the "Individualized Education Act" for eligible special needs students, whereby funds will be provided for them to be educated at nonpublic schools. Provides that a parent of an eligible student will qualify to participate in the individualized education account (IEA) program if the parent signs an agreement promising to provide an education for the qualified student in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science; and not to enroll the student in a public school and to release the LEA in which the student resides from all obligations to educate the student. Establishes that participation in the program will have the same effect as a parental refusal to consent to the receipt of services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Prohibits funds in an IEA to be used to purchase computer hardware or other technological devices. Establishes that any funds remaining in a student's IEA upon graduation from high school may be used to take courses from an eligible post-secondary institution. Establishes that the funds in an IEA may only be used for educational purposes. Requires participating schools, post-secondary institutions and education providers that enroll participating students to provide parents with a receipt for all qualifying expenses at the school or institution. Allows the department to deduct an amount up to a limit of three percent from appropriations used to fund IEAs to cover the costs of overseeing the funds and administering the program. Provides that participating schools shall: 1. Comply with all health and safety laws that apply to nonpublic schools; 2. Certify that they will not discriminate against students or applicants on the basis of color, race, or national origin; and 3. Conduct criminal background checks on employees and exclude any person not permitted by the state to work in a nonpublic school or who might reasonably pose a threat to the safety of students. Specifies that participating nonpublic schools and education providers will be given the maximum freedom to provide for the educational needs of their students without governmental control.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB29 / HB37 Prohibited restraints in special education services.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionProhibits the use of prone restraint on students receiving special education. Defines prone restraint as "restraint in which a student is held face down on the floor or other surface, and physical pressure is applied to the student's body for the purpose of controlling the student's movement."
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status01/16/2015 - Held on House clerk's desk pending committee appointments.
SB56 / HB800 TN Promise scholarship for members of national guard and military.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionAllows students who are eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, but who cannot enroll in and attend college in the fall semester after completion of high school because of certain military commitments, to enroll in and attend college in the first term beginning after completion of the student's military commitments without loss of Promise scholarship eligibility.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Floor Consent Calendar 2 02/23/15.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB61 / HB60 Study committee on transition to free, online textbooks.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Mike Sparks
DescriptionCreates a special joint legislative study committee to evaluate and make recommendations relative to a transition from traditional textbooks for general education courses to open textbooks and course materials by the state institutions of higher education.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Held on House clerk's desk pending committee appointments.
SB122 / HB210 Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionEstablishes a scholarship program for eligible students to attend participating private K-12 schools. An "eligible student" is a student who: (1) Resides in Tennessee and is zoned to attend or enrolled in a public school that is identified as being in the bottom five percent of schools in overall achievement; (2) Meets the minimum age requirements to attend kindergarten with eligibility extending until the student graduates from high school, except that the student must be less than 22 years of age by August 15 of each year; (3) Is a member of a household whose annual income during the year prior to initial receipt of a scholarship met the requirements for free or reduced price lunch; and (4) Was previously enrolled in a Tennessee public school during the two semesters preceding the semester in which the student receives the scholarship, is enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time, or received a scholarship pursuant to this bill in the previous school year. Specifies requirements for private schools to participate in the program, including, but not limited to, being identified as a category I, II or III school, and providing lunch to scholarship students at no cost or at a reduced cost. Details the total number of scholarships that may be awarded for each school year: (1) 5,000 for the 2015-2016; (2)7,500 for 2016-2017; (3) 10,000 for 2017-2018; and 20,000 for 2018-2019 and thereafter. If a participating school demonstrates achievement growth for scholarship students at a level of "significantly below expectations" for two consecutive years or the department determines the school has failed to comply with this bill, then the commissioner of education may suspend or terminate a school's participation in the program. Provides that if a participating school is suspended or terminated from the program, or if the school otherwise withdraws from the program, scholarship students enrolled at the school may transfer to another participating school without loss of eligibility and such students would be given preference for enrollment. Provides that a local board of education may adopt local qualifications for a scholarship. (12 pp.)
AmendmentSenate Education Committee Amendment 1 (002359) rewrites the bill to remove all reference to the authorization for LEAs to create their own local option scholarship program.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Senate Education Committee recommended with amendment 1 (002359), which removes the local control provision. Sent to Senate Finance.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB295 / HB168 Pre-kindergarten programs - LEAs to encourage music and art.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionEncourages LEAs to incorporate music and art in their pre-kindergarten programs. Broadly Captioned.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee.
SB343 / HB398 Extends date of repeal - Virtual Public Schools Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionExtends the date of the repeal of the Virtual Public Schools Act from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2019.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB692 / HB781 Charter schools to contract with nonprofit and for-profit entities.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, permits a charter school to contract with nonprofit or for-profit entities for the operation or management of the school subject to certain conditions. - Amends TCA Section 49-13-124.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB894 / HB1032 Teacher's written contract requirements.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, limits the length of a teacher's obligations under a written contract with the director of schools or board of education to the term of each school year; requires LEAs to compensate teachers in an amount equal to their daily rate of pay under the contract if the LEA requires the teacher to work between school terms. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB999 / HB1049 Enacts the Tennessee Choice & Opportunity Scholarship Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionEstablishes a scholarship program for eligible students to attend participating private K-12 schools. An "eligible student" is a student who: (1) Resides in Tennessee and is zoned to attend or enrolled in a public school that is identified as being in the bottom five percent of schools in overall achievement; (2) Meets the minimum age requirements to attend kindergarten with eligibility extending until the student graduates from high school, except that the student must be less than 22 years of age by August 15 of each year; (3) Is a member of a household whose annual income during the year prior to initial receipt of a scholarship met the requirements for free or reduced price lunch; and (4) Was previously enrolled in a Tennessee public school during the two semesters preceding the semester in which the student receives the scholarship, is enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time, or received a scholarship pursuant to this bill in the previous school year. Specifies requirements for private schools to participate in the program, including, but not limited to, being identified as a category I, II or III school, and providing lunch to scholarship students at no cost or at a reduced cost. Details the total number of scholarships that may be awarded for each school year: (1) 5,000 for the 2015-2016; (2)7,500 for 2016-2017; (3) 10,000 for 2017-2018; and 20,000 for 2018-2019 and thereafter. If a participating school demonstrates achievement growth for scholarship students at a level of "significantly below expectations" for two consecutive years or the department determines the school has failed to comply with this bill, then the commissioner of education may suspend or terminate a school's participation in the program. Provides that if a participating school is suspended or terminated from the program, or if the school otherwise withdraws from the program, scholarship students enrolled at the school may transfer to another participating school without loss of eligibility and such students would be given preference for enrollment. Clarifies that no federal funds shall be used in the funding of the scholarship. (11 pp.)
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1082 / HB968 Textbook commission - study age and status of textbooks.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Johnny W. Shaw
DescriptionRequires the textbook commission to study the age and physical status of textbooks used in public schools of this state and issue a written report to the members of the general assembly, by January 1, 2016, detailing the average age, physical condition, and cost to replace certain textbooks.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
SB1363 / HB1331 Prohibited contracting for services.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Mike Stewart
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, prohibits an LEA from contracting for services with a nonprofit or for-profit operator or manager of a virtual school if the contract requires the LEA to pay more per pupil for students in the virtual school than the operator or manager charges individual students for its services. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 16, Part 2.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Energy & Mining - 1


SB1043 / HB237 Property Assessed Clean Energy Act.
CategoryEnergy & Mining
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionEnacts the "Property Assessed Clean Energy Act," which allows a local government to establish a property assessed clean energy program (PACE program). Requires the local government to adopt a resolution of intent and to hold a public hearing on the proposed program. Allows a local government that establishes a program to enter into a written consent with a record owner of real property in a region to impose an assessment to repay the owner's financing of a qualified project on the owner's property. Defines a "qualified improvement" as a permanent improvement fixed to real property and intended to decrease or offset water or energy consumption or demand, including a product, a device, or an interacting group of products or devices that uses energy technology to generate electricity, provide thermal energy, regulate temperature, or increase energy efficiency." (13 pp.)
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee.

Entertainment - 1


SB1054 / HB1210 Outlines offense of fraudulent activity regarding buying bulk tickets.
CategoryEntertainment
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionClarifies that any person unable to purchase a ticket as a result of a violation of the offense of interference with the sale of tickets is considered a victim of the offense. Clarifies that victim of offense has standing to file a criminal complaint. Declares it an unfair and deceptive act or practice under the Consumer Protection Act to commit the offense of interference with the sale of tickets when the commission of the offense causes a person to be unable to purchase a ticket.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Environment & Nature - 2


SB205 / HB135 Killing or injuring a threatening wild animal in self-defense.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionSpecifies that a person is legally justified in using self-defense to kill or injure a threatening wild animal when the person reasonably believes the action is necessary to protect the person or any other individual against an imminent attack by the wild animal that will likely result in serious bodily injury or death. Also specifies that it is not an offense to kill or injure a threatening wild animal when the person reasonably believes the action is necessary to protect the person's property from imminent harm. Requires such person to notify the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency within 12 hours after killing or seriously injuring a wild animal pursuant to this section. Prohibits the killed wild animal from being removed from the site, repositioned, retained or sold. Specifies that failure to notify the agency or removing the animal is a Class D misdemeanor.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee.
SB1325 / HB868 Legislative approval - Section 111(d) of the EPA's guidelines.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Kelly Keisling
DescriptionRequires that upon developing a state plan to enforce carbon dioxide emission control measures on covered electric-generating units, as required under Section 111(d) of the federal Clean Air Act, the department of environment and conservation shall prepare a report, subject to notice and comment, on the various effects the plan will have on the state. Provides that the department shall submit a copy of the plan to the general assembly, and requires that both houses shall vote on a joint resolution for approval of the plan.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Estates & Trusts - 1


SB1208 / HB1325 Releasing of payments to executors of deceased.
CategoryEstates & Trusts
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Larry J. Miller
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, lengthens time from 45 days to 60 days that the retirement division must hear from a duly qualified administrator or executor of an estate before releasing payment to the executor of any will of the deceased. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 34; Title 8, Chapter 35 and Title 8, Chapter 36.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Family Law - 8


SB101 / HB90 Forgiving accrued principal and interest on child support.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAuthorizes child support obligor to enter into a written compromise and settlement to forgive accrued principal and interest on delinquent child support balance with the approval of the court and the obligee. Specifies the requirements and procedures for entering into a child support settlement agreement. Requires child support settlement to be in the best interests of the child or children. Part of Administration Package.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB400 EGG and SPERM Act.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley
DescriptionDefines various terms as they relate to egg and sperm donation, and assisted reproductive technology. Requires oocyte (female genetic material) collection agencies, sperm banks, and assisted reproductive technology (ART) programs to report certain information to department of health. Specifies that commissioner of health must set collection and reporting rules, and maintain contact information for oocyte collection agencies, sperm banks, and ART programs. Requires commissioner to set reasonable fee for these service providers. Requires these service providers to inform each potential donor, in writing, of any potential conflict of interest. Establishes the civil penalties these service providers could face for failing to give the required information to entitled parties or for violating any of the rules set forth. Clarifies that no donor will be penalized for being induced to accept or accepting valuable consideration for egg or sperm donation. (10 pp.)
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SB440 / HB445 Removes right of revocation of the surrender of a child for adoption.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionRemoves person's right to revoke surrender of a child for adoption. Allows judge to revoke or invalidate surrender by court order if judge determines by clear and convincing evidence that the surrender involved duress, fraud, or intentional misrepresentation or if revocation is in child's best interests. Makes various technical revisions to reflect removal of person's right to revoke surrender. Specifies that at the time of surrender the judge must inform person that there is no right to revoke surrender. Requires surrender form provided filled out by surrendering parent to state that the surrender cannot be revoked.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB809 / HB950 Data reporting requirements - assisted reproductive technologies.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, establishes certain disclosure and information and data reporting requirements regarding assisted reproductive technologies. - Amends TCA Title 36.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB812 / HB960 Distribution of marital property.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionAllows the court, in all actions for divorce or legal separation, to assign the marital property between the parties without regard to marital fault in proportions as the court deems just or equitably divide, distribute, or assign the property between the parties based on marital fault in proportions the court deems just.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1206 / HB565 Clarifies legislative intent of foster care statute.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Sherry Jones
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, clarifies that the intent of the foster care statute is to place a child in a permanent home at an early date if an early return to the child's parents is not appropriate in addition to not being possible as provided in current statute. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 36 and Title 37.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1231 / HB737 Abolishes the common law "doctrine of necessaries."
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Dan Howell
DescriptionAbolishes the common law "doctrine of necessaries", establishing that no spouse shall be liable for the other spouse's debt arising solely by reason of the marriage.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1393 / HB1369 Adoption services by DCS available to additional persons.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires the adoption services provided by the department of children's services to be made available to all families of adopted children and biological families of adopted children, regardless of whether the children were adopted through the department. - Amends TCA Title 36.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Government Contracts - 1


SB95 / HB84 Cooperative purchasing agreements and the procurement of services.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAuthorizes public institutions of higher education and the department of general services to participate in, sponsor, conduct, or administer cooperative purchasing agreements for the procurement of services relating to the transfer or management of real property; the procurement of construction, engineering, or architectural services; or the procurement of construction materials with other states or local governments. Makes various changes to the protest process for aggrieved respondents challenging a solicitation, award, or proposed award of a contract. Provides that for protest ponds, the bond shall be payable to the state in accordance with the following criteria: (1) five percent of the lowest bid or cost proposal evaluated; (2) five percent for the maximum, or estimated maximum, liability provided; (3) five percent of the estimated maximum revenue if the solicitation, award, or proposed award is for a contract in which the state receives revenue; or (4) for no-costs contracts, an amount to be determined by the chief procurement officer. Revises provisions regarding the authorized limitations of liabilities in certain state contracts. Provides that besides the prescribed liabilities in this act, a limitation of liability in a contract with the state shall not apply to: (1) a liability for intellectual property or to any other liability, including, without limitation, indemnification obligations for infringement of third-party intellectual property rights; (2) claims covered by a specific provision in a contract with the state providing liquidated damages; or (3) claims for intentions torts, criminal acts, fraudulent conduct, or acts or omissions that result in personal injuries or death. Part of Administration Package.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.

Government Organization - 6


SB228 / HB354 Sunset-consumer advocate division in office of attorney general.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the consumer advocate division in the office of the attorney general and reporter to June 30, 2017.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Government Operations Committee.
SB252 / HB386 Sunset - TN claims commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee claims commission to June 30, 2019.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Government Operations Committee.
SB253 / HB330 Sunset - commission on children and youth.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the commission on children and youth to June 30, 2020.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Government Operations Committee.
SB364 / HB1195 State administration of refugee resettlement program.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionRequires the department to negotiate with the federal office of refugee resettlement to reacquire state administration of the refugee resettlement program.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB485 / HB471 Transfers administrative responsibilities of board of court reporting
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
DescriptionTransfers administrative responsibilities for the Tennessee board of court reporting from the administrative office of the courts to the division of regulatory boards in the department of commerce and insurance.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB688 / HB669 General assembly new members- clarifies what topics for orientation.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Curtis G. Johnson
DescriptionClarifies what topics are to be included in orientation for new members of the general assembly. Removes obsolete reference to the "office of legislative services."
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.

Government Regulation - 6


SB6 / HB57 Racial Profiling Prevention Act.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. John J. Deberry Jr.
DescriptionEnacts the "Racial Profiling Prevention Act". Requires each state and local law enforcement agency to adopt, on or before January 1, 2016, a written policy that prohibits racial profiling.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status01/17/2015 - Held on House clerk's desk pending committee appointments.
SB288 / HB653 Administering oath of office to elected officials.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Leigh Rosser Wilburn
DescriptionAdds the governor or an active or retired supreme court justice to the list of officials who may administer the oath of office to an elected or appointed official. Specifies the time frame and conditions for when the oath may be administered.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB487 UAPA - petitions for or against rules.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell
DescriptionIncreases the number of interested persons necessary to petition an agency requesting the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule, from five or more to 10 or more.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House StatusNone
SB825 / HB937 State departments and agencies - reports on federal funds.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires each department and agency of this state to develop an annual report detailing all federal funds received by, or passed through, the department or agency and to submit the report to each member of the general assembly by January 1 of each year. - Amends TCA Title 4.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1203 / HB12 Prohibiting commissioners from accepting certain types of employment.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Bo Mitchell
DescriptionProhibits a commissioner or deputy commissioner, during the 12 month period immediately following their departure from departmental service, from seeking or accepting employment with any private business entity that contracted with the department during the commissioner's or deputy commissioner's tenure of service. Creates a penalty, not to exceed $10,000, for knowingly violating the restriction. Allows the Tennessee ethics commission to seek injunctive relief against a commissioner for violation of the restriction.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB1220 / HB1199 Subcommittees of government operations - power to stay rules.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, clarifies that subcommittees of the government operations committees may exercise the same powers to stay the effective dates of rules and make recommendations expressing disapproval of a rule as the full committees during rule review hearings. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 5.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Health Care - 21


SB13 Informed consent for abortions.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers
DescriptionRevives and reenacts the informed consent statute for abortion that was in effect prior to Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee, et al. v. Sundquist. Sets forth the criteria for truly informed consent that must be satisfied before an abortion can be performed.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SB34 / HB43 Duties of snow skiers at scene of accident.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionRequires a person who is involved in, causes or contributes to a snow skiing accident to remain at the scene of the accident and provide the person's name and contact information to a member of the ski patrol or employee of the ski area operator, unless the person leaves for the sole purpose of securing aid for someone who was injured in the accident.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Civil Justice Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB50 Abortions in ambulatory surgical treatment centers.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark Green
DescriptionRevises definition of "ambulatory surgical treatment centers" to include private physicians' and dentists' offices in which one or more medical or surgical pregnancy terminations are performed.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SB125 / HB151 Creation of Annual Coverage Assessment Act of 2015.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Michael Harrison
DescriptionCreates the Annual Coverage Assessment Act of 2015. Defines annual coverage assessment as the annual assessment imposed on covered hospitals. Establishes an annual coverage assessment in the amount of four and fifty-two hundredths percent of a covered hospital's annual coverage assessment base.
Senate Status02/09/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Health Subcommittee.
SB429 / HB896 Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Kevin Brooks
DescriptionEnacts the "Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which is intended to encourage and assist individuals and families that are saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life, and to provide funding to assist such persons with disability-related expenses, while not supplanting benefits acquired through private insurance, the Social Security Act or any other TennCare program. Provides that an eligible individual means someone who is either disabled or blind, and the onset of their disability must have occurred before becoming 26 years of age. Authorizes eligible individuals to participate in the Qualified ABLE account plan (plan) to create an ABLE account (account), which shall consist of contributions to the account by individuals and entities for the purpose of paying qualified disability expenses. Establishes that all assets, income and distributions of qualified account plans are exempt from state and local taxes. Establishes that the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities shall administer the plan and take necessary action to maintain the qualifications required under the federally instituted Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014. Provides that the plan shall consist of: (1) contributions received by the department from designated beneficiaries or contributors to ABLE accounts or from any other source, whether public or private; (2) interest and investment income earned by the plan; (3) any monetary gift made by an individual by testamentary disposition; and (4) all other receipts of the department from any other source that the department deems appropriate. Establishes that contributions to an account are subject to the same requirements established under the federally enacted Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, which provides that the total annual amount of contributions shall not exceed $14,000. Outlines other responsibilities of the commissioner and the department regarding the implementation of the act. (13 pp.)
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Health Subcommittee.
SB639 / HB600 Mental health hospitals - paying patients' healthcare services.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionRelieves any hospital primarily licensed for the purposes of providing mental health services from being responsible under any contract for payment of healthcare services which that hospital is not licensed to provide. Provides for billing of outside providers of healthcare services without the release of the patient from the mental health hospital.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB775 / HB2 Required ultrasound prior to abortion.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Rick Womick
DescriptionRequires an ultrasound be performed not more than 72 hours and not less than 24 hours before the performance of an abortion. Requires the healthcare practitioner to verbally offer the pregnant woman an opportunity to view the ultrasound image and receive a printed copy. If the woman declines, the healthcare practitioner must provide: 1) a verbal explanation of the results, 2) a copy of the ultrasound image to the woman, and 3) an audible real-time heart beat for the woman to hear. Prohibits a provider from accepting any form of payment, deposit, or exchange or make any financial agreement for an abortion or abortion related services other than for payment of the ultrasound. Creates an exception for the ultrasound requirement where there is a medical emergency.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Health Subcommittee.
SB801 / HB1266 Repeals the Medicaid Act of 1968.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Rick Womick
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, on December 31, 2015, repeals the Medicaid Act of 1968 and terminates Tennessee's participation in the Medicaid program. - Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 71.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB871 / HB1036 Addiction Treatment Act of 2015.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "Addiction Treatment Act of 2015." - Amends TCA Title 33; Title 53; Title 56 and Title 63.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB885 / HB1018 General assembly approval not needed for governor to expand medicaid.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Mike Stewart
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, repeals requirement that the general assembly must authorize by joint resolution any expansion of optional enrollment in the medical assistance program, pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. - Repeals TCA Section 71-5-126.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB962 / HB1028 Reasonable fees for copies of medical records.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Mike Stewart
DescriptionIncreases the cap on the amount healthcare providers can charge for copying medical records from $20.00 for the first five pages and 50 cents per page for each page copied after the first five pages, to $25.00 for the first five pages and 50 cents per page for each page copied after the first five pages. Excludes records involving workers' compensation cases. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1124 / HB1209 State health insurance exchange.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionRequires the state to establish a health insurance exchange under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if King v. Burwell is decided by the United States supreme court in a certain manner.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1360 / HB150 Enforcement of tax before not-for-profit's final appeal for exemption.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Michael Harrison
DescriptionClarifies that comments on public benefit hospital's conveyance transaction should be directed to the consumer advocate and protection division of the Attorney General's office. Authorizes not-for-profit hospital to electronically request conference regarding assessment of civil penalty for filing claims data discharge report late. Provides that commissioner of revenue may not seek enforcement of tax until the taxpayer's appeal for exemption is finally adjudicated. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Health Subcommittee.
SB1388 / HB1338 Delivery of living will by electronic means.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Andy Holt
DescriptionAllows a declarant or someone acting on a declarant's behalf to deliver a copy of a living will to the attending physician or other concerned healthcare provider by electronic means. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1389 / HB1367 First responders have certain rights.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Curtis Halford
DescriptionEstablishes that first responders from emergency management shall have all rights, benefits, privileges, and protections available pursuant to state and local laws.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SJR93 Implementation of Insure Tennessee.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro
DescriptionAuthorizes implementation of Insure Tennessee substantially as described in TennCare Demonstration Amendment #25.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
House StatusNone
SJR94 Governor may take actions to Insure Tennessee.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro
DescriptionAuthorizes the governor to take certain actions with respect to Insure Tennessee.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
House StatusNone
SJR103 Request to expand Medicaid program.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally
DescriptionUrges the United States department of health and human services to approve a block grant in order to fund services to the existing TennCare population and to expand the Medicaid program in this State to persons with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
House StatusNone
SJR105 Authorizes governor to expand enrollment in Tennessee's Medicaid program
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro
DescriptionAuthorizes the governor to do all that is necessary and appropriate to expand enrollment in Tennessee's Medicaid program.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
House StatusNone
HB941 Annual Coverage Assessment Act of 2015.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsRep. David Alexander
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "Annual Coverage Assessment Act of 2015." - Amends TCA Title 71, Chapter 5 and Chapter 877 of the Public Acts of 2014.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
HJR90 Authorizes implementation of Insure Tennessee.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsRep. Larry J. Miller
DescriptionAuthorizes the Governor to do all that is necessary and appropriate to implement Insure Tennessee substantially as described in TennCare Demonstration Amendment #25.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.

Insurance Automobiles - 4


SB444 / HB502 Requirements for quote for automobile liability insurance.
CategoryInsurance Automobiles
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Jimmy Matlock
DescriptionRequires any quote for automobile liability insurance to include the cost of uninsured motorist coverage. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB547 Minimum limits for automobile liability insurance coverage.
CategoryInsurance Automobiles
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, after December 1, 2015, increases the minimum limits for automobile liability insurance coverage; requires authentication by witnesses regarding the use of medical bills in civil actions; makes other related revisions. - Amends TCA Title 24, Chapter 5; Title 55, Chapter 12 and Title 56, Chapter 7.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House StatusNone
SB995 / HB990 Removes minimum limits for proof of motor vehicle liability insurance.
CategoryInsurance Automobiles
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, removes from present law the minimum limits for proof of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage, which applied from January 1, 1990, until December 31, 2008; makes other revisions concerning insurance information. - Amends TCA Title 24, Chapter 5; Title 55, Chapter 12 and Title 56, Chapter 7, Part 12.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Transportation & Safety Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1051 / HB1023 Quote for auto insurance to include uninsured motorist coverage.
CategoryInsurance Automobiles
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Mike Stewart
DescriptionRequires any quote for automobile liability insurance to include the cost of uninsured motorist coverage.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Insurance General - 7


SB80 / HB70 Revises provisions regarding captive insurance companies.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAllows the commissioner of commerce and insurance to approve any rating plan submitted by a captive insurance company that is authorized to provide workers' compensation coverage as long as the captive insurance company demonstrates that the proposed rating plan does not endanger the solvency of the company and adequately protects the insureds. Specifies that the unimpaired paid-in capital and surplus that a captive insurance company is required to possess and maintain can be in the form of a cash equivalent. Current law specifies cash or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by a bank. Requires captive insurance company, industrial insured captive insurance company, protected cell captive insurance company, incorporated cell captive insurance company or special purpose financial captive insurance company to file a statement of investment policy approved by its governing body with the commissioner that describes the types of investments that the company may elect to undertake. Prohibits such companies from making investments that materially deviate from the statement of the investment policy. Makes other revisions regarding captive insurance companies. Part of Administration Package.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB171 / HB558 Premiums - persons & providers exempt from workers' compensation.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Jimmy A. Eldridge
DescriptionProhibits an insurance company from charging a premium for any person classified an independent contractor and any construction services provider exempt from workers' compensation. Requires commercial risk insurers to provide additional information to the commissioner of commerce and insurance.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.
SB172 / HB531 Required insurance - loaning money secured by real property.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. David Shepard
DescriptionProhibits a person who is loaning money or extending credit that is secured by real property from requiring insurance that exceeds the value of the structures or the expected value of the structures on the real property.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB389 / HB453 Additional acts constituting unfair insurance practices.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionSpecifies additional acts that would constitute unfair insurance practices by insurers. Authorizes an insured alleging an unfair insurance practice to bring a civil cause of action against the insurer, person or entity for damages. Allows court to award three times the actual damages and other proper and necessary relief if the court finds that the unfair insurance practice was a willful or knowing violation of the law. Allows court to award reasonable attorney's fees and costs to insured person bring claim. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB502 / HB900 Electronic transmission of captive insurance program annual report.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionAllows the commissioner of commerce and insurance to compile and transmit the annual report on the captive insurance company program to the commerce and labor committee of the senate and the insurance and banking committee of the house in electronic format.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SB876 / HB1078 Study on commission and fees for negotiating and selling insurance.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionRequires the department of commerce and insurance to conduct a study of the commissions, service fees, brokerage fees, and any other valuable consideration given to a person for selling, soliciting, or negotiating insurance in this state. Requires the department to report its findings to the senate commerce and labor committee and the insurance and banking committee of the house no later than January 1, 2016.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
SB1028 / HB1080 Discount to employees of insurer.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionClarifies that it is not an unfair trade practice for an insurer to make or offer a discount in premium to producers and employees of the insurer.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Insurance Health - 4


SB54 / HB18 Copayments - primary care services rendered by physician's assistant.
CategoryInsurance Health
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. David Shepard
DescriptionProhibits a health insurance entity from charging a covered person a greater copayment or coinsurance amount for primary care services rendered during an office visit to a physician assistant than those charged for primary care services rendered during an office visit to a licensed physician.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Commerce & Labor Committee 02/24/15.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
SJR91 Filing of lawsuit regarding fining of persons not having adequate health insurance.
CategoryInsurance Health
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers
DescriptionRequests the Attorney General and Reporter to file a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Tennesseans who could be fined for not having adequate health insurance coverage as required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148, as amended).
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House StatusNone
SJR7001 Authorization of Insure Tennessee.
CategoryInsurance Health
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey
DescriptionAuthorizes implementation of Insure Tennessee substantially as described in TennCare Demonstration Amendment #25.
Senate Status02/04/2015 - Failed in Senate Select Committee on Health and Welfare after a 7-4 vote. Voting No: Crowe, Bell, Bowling, Gardenhire, Kelsey, Niceley, Roberts. Voting Yes: Massey, Briggs, Jackson, Yarbro.
House StatusNone
HJR7001 Authorizes implementation of Insure Tennessee.
CategoryInsurance Health
SponsorsRep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAuthorizes the governor to do all that is necessary to implement Insure Tennessee substantially as described in TennCare Demonstration Amendment #25.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/04/2015 - Withdrawn in House.

Judiciary - 40


SB19 / HB52 Lump-sum partial payments for court fees and litigation taxes.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionAllows court clerk, subject to approval by a court of competent jurisdiction, to accept a lump-sum partial payment in full settlement for all court costs, fees, and litigation taxes owed and have been in default for over five years. Prohibits the court from approving a settlement unless the amount accepted is equal to or greater than 50 percent of the combined outstanding balance of all fines, costs, and litigation taxes due on the case.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB60 / HB55 New circuit judge position created for 19th judicial district.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Curtis G. Johnson
DescriptionCreates a new circuit court judge position for the 19th judicial district that shall be appointed by the governor and will serve until September 1, 2016. Requires the position to be elected by voters during the August 2016 general election and will hold office until September 1, 2022. Thereafter, the position will be for a full eight year term.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Civil Justice Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB282 / HB1256 Salary increase - assistant district attorneys.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionAuthorizes reinstatement of annual service compensation step for assistant district attorneys. Authorizes reinstatement of said step effective July 1, 2015.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB370 / HB220 Transfer from small claims docket to regular claims docket.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Sherry Jones
DescriptionRequires party seeking to remove claim from small claims docket to the regular docket to provide notice of request to the claim commission, which will then notify all other parties to the claim. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB371 / HB296 Prohibited discrimination - sexual orientation and gender identity.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Sherry Jones
DescriptionAdds sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the list of characteristics protected from discrimination or harassment in employment, public accommodations, housing, financing, insurance, education, in places where alcoholic beverages are consumed, real estate, public utilities, tax exemptions, the profession of healing arts, health facilities, and welfare in the state. Creates criminal violation of civil rights intimidation based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.
SB408 / HB526 Certain state trial court judges commissioned as senior judges.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
DescriptionPermits supreme court to commission a state trial court judge who was not reelected following the judge's most recent term of judicial service if the judge served at least a full eight-year term.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB441 / HB319 Revisions to judicial forfeitures.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Mark White
DescriptionClarifies that for certain types of forfeited property state must establish by a preponderance of evidence that property was used as an instrumentality in or used in furtherance of a violation of law and that rebuttable presumption that forfeiture is proper does not apply to that type of property. Specifies that petition to have forfeited property returned can be initiated in the court of record that has criminal jurisdiction in the judicial district. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB442 / HB632 Objection to the admission of cellular phone data evidence.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dawn White
DescriptionProvides that only a person who had a reasonable expectation of privacy in a searched cellular phone may object to the admission of evidence of cellular phone data or evidence derived from the data.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB457 / HB582 Required medical examinations during elder abuse investigations.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionGives law enforcement agencies, in addition to the department of human resources, the authority to require a medical examination of a person if the agency is not sure the adult is in imminent danger during the course of an elder abuse investigation. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB479 / HB738 Expands the number of legislative committees to receive reports.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Dan Howell
DescriptionRequires the administrative director of the courts to file a report following the appointment of additional senior justices or judges to additional legislative committees. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB608 / HB626 Use of mechanical restraints on a child.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionAuthorizes judge in certain court hearings to order child to be handcuffed, restraint belts, jacket restraints, or footcuffs if necessary to prevent flight or physical harm to the child or another person. Requires judge to give child and child's attorney an opportunity to object to the restraints prior to use unless judge determines it is an emergency. Requires judge to make written findings of fact when restraints are used.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB819 / HB1285 Limits defendants named in a healthcare liability action.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jerry Sexton
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, limits who may be named as defendants in a healthcare liability action. - Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 26, Part 1.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB854 / HB890 Investigations of officer-involved deaths.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionRequires law enforcement agency to have a written policy regarding the investigation of officer-involved deaths that involve a law enforcement officer employed by the law enforcement agency. Requires the investigation to be conducted by at least two disinterested investigators. Requires investigators conducting the investigation to provide a complete report to the district attorney of the county in which the officer-involved death occur. Requires the report to be made public if the district attorney determines there is no basis to prosecute the law enforcement officer involved in the officer-involved death.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB861 / HB887 Granting certain petitions in healthcare liability actions.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, authorizes, rather than requires, a court to grant a petition for a qualified protective order in healthcare liability actions. - Amends TCA Section 29-26-121.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.
SB867 / HB1220 Hearings on seized property - changes in periods of time to file.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Joe Towns Jr.
DescriptionIncreases the amount of time, from 30 days to 45 days, a person asserting a claim to seized property has to request a hearing. Increases the amount of time that the applicable agency has to schedule a hearing date to 45 days, instead of 30 days, from the day the claim is filed. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB927 Continuing education for judicial commissioners.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, permits a county that has elected to allow judicial commissioners to receive continuing education under the supervision of the general sessions judge or judges to rescind that action by two-thirds vote of the county legislative body; requires a $2.00 litigation tax to be collected in Robertson County to fund continuing education for judicial commissioners. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 1, Part 1 and Title 67, Chapter 4, Part 6.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SB991 / HB486 Cause of action - physical invasion of privacy.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, creates civil cause of action against any person for physical invasion of privacy or for attempting to capture a visual image, sound recording, or any other physical impression of a person engaging in personal or familial activities; imposes civil liability, under limited circumstances, for the publication or other use of images or recordings captured through such violation; establishes exceptions for law enforcement activities. - Amends TCA Title 20; Title 29; Title 39; Title 40 and Title 66.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1000 / HB1093 TACIR study - whether homestead exemption should increase.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Joe E. Armstrong
DescriptionRequires TACIR to study the current homestead exemption amounts and decide whether the exemptions should be increased to accurately reflect the cost of living. Requires TACIR to report various categories of homestead exemptions and compare each category to the exemptions of other states.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1001 / HB1096 Abolishes civil forfeiture of property used in commission of crime.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Timothy Hill
DescriptionAbolishes civil forfeiture of property used in the commission of a crime. Specifies that forfeiture of property acquired by, or received in, violation of the law under the criminal code remains enforceable. Makes technical changes reflecting the abolishment of certain civil forfeitures. Creates alcohol and drug addiction treatment fund, administered by the department of mental health and substance abuse services, to fund costs of alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction treatment. Clarifies that ignition interlock systems for indigent persons are to be paid for out of the interlock assistance fund and not the alcohol and drug addiction treatment fund. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1100 / HB1087 Court reporters' conflicts with parties in a deposition checked.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Curtis Halford
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, provides a procedure for the stipulation of all parties to a deposition to certain facts and conflicts with the court reporter; describes various conflicts court reporters cannot have with parties to the deposition; provides a standardized size and form for court reporter work product. - Amends TCA Section 24-9-136.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1101 / HB1120 Creates additional assistant public defender positions.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionCreates six additional assistant public defender positions to be added to judicial districts where additional judgeships with criminal jurisdiction were added since 2007. Requires reinstatement of the statutory salary increase for assistant public defenders.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1119 / HB630 Davidson County - litigation tax on general sessions court cases.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, removes the restriction that prohibits Davidson County from imposing a litigation tax on cases in general sessions court with proceeds to support the general sessions court. - Amends TCA Title 16, Chapter 15.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1121 / HB554 Parental rights with respect to child conceived during rape.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
DescriptionProhibits person convicted of rape, aggravated rape, or rape of a child from having custody, visitation, or inheritance rights with respect to child conceived during such crime. Authorizes other parent of child to waive prohibition of rights. Directs court to establish child support obligation against convicted father unless waived by the department of human services and the other parent, if other parent is contributing to support of child.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1138 / HB22 Disclosure of expunged offenses by applicant prohibited.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Brenda Gilmore
DescriptionProhibits institutions of higher education and employers from asking applicants about expunged offenses. Creates a civil offense against the employer for each separate offense.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.
SB1190 / HB989 Revives the informed consent and waiting period statute for abortion.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Debra Moody
DescriptionRevives and reenacts the informed consent and waiting period statute for abortion that was in effect prior to the decision in Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee, et. al. v. Sundquist. 38 S.W. 3d 1 (Tenn. 2000).
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1202 / HB222 Privileged communication - emergency personnel and certain counselors.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Sherry Jones
DescriptionEstablishes communications, made between certain emergency personnel and designated peer support group counselors, as privileged. Specifies that peer support counselors should not be compelled to testify in a proceeding without the consent of the personnel who received counseling. Specifies that privilege does not apply if a peer support counselor was an initial responding emergency personnel.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1236 / HB1182 Requires negotiated settlement agreement to be filed same as hearing.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires any negotiated settlement agreement in a forfeiture case to be documented in writing, signed by both parties, and filed with the court in which the forfeiture hearing would have been held. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 11, Part 7; Section 39-14-307; Title 40, Chapter 33; Section 47-25-1105; Section 53-11-451; Section 55-10-414; Section 57-3-411; Section 57-5-409; Section 57-9-201; Section 67-4-1020 and Section 70-6-202.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1277 / HB400 Electronic testimony in criminal trials.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Curtis Halford
DescriptionAuthorizes use of previously recorded testimony and live video transmission testimony during trial in certain circumstances. Specifies requirements and procedures for using these types of testimony. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1323 / HB790 Allows a party's attorney to request a prehearing conference.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Eddie Smith
DescriptionAuthorizes a party's attorney to request a prehearing conference in any contested case that is set for a hearing.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.
SB1350 / HB1354 Permits counties to impose certain litigation taxes.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Kent Calfee
DescriptionAuthorizes county legislative bodies to levy privilege tax on litigation in all civil and criminal cases in the general sessions, juvenile, and municipal courts in the county. Requires revenue from privilege tax to be used exclusively to support substance abuse prevention coalitions operating in the county, or to establish a substance abuse prevention coalition in the county. Sets forth criteria for substance abuse prevention coalitions that can receive funds.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1353 / HB472 Creates 31 additional assistant district attorney general positions.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
DescriptionCreates 31 additional assistant district attorney general positions. Provides that the district attorney general conference must prepare a report with recommendations as to which judicial districts the additional positions should be designated by October 1, 2015. Specifies that upon filing the report with the speakers of the house of representatives and senate, the district attorney generals recommended to receive the additional positions are authorized to fill the positions.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
SB1396 / HB1330 Indigency hearings required prior to suspending certain costs.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. Roger Kane
DescriptionRequires judge to conduct a determination of indigency hearing before suspending a defendant's court costs and litigation tax, if a hearing to establish indigency had not already been conducted.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SR12 Ratifies amendments to the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey
DescriptionRatifies amendments and revisions to the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House StatusNone
SR13 Ratifies amendments to the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey
DescriptionRatifies and approves amendments and revisions to the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House StatusNone
HB703 Source of continuing education for judicial commissioners.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Sabi Kumar
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, permits a county that has elected to permit judicial commissioners to receive continuing education from the general sessions judge that appointed the commissioners, rather than the judicial commissioners association of Tennessee or the Tennessee court clerks association, to rescind that action by two-thirds majority vote; requires Robertson County to be subject to a $2.00 litigation tax to fund continuing education for judicial commissioners. - Amends TCA Section 40-1-111 and Section 67-4-602.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
HB784 Attorney's fees in civil action against LEA.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionAuthorizes a judge to require a party who filed a civil rights action against a local education agency or its officials that was dismissed for failure to state a claim to pay costs and reasonable and necessary attorney's fees incurred in the proceedings. Broadly Captioned.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
HJR54 Urges supreme court to provide free online access to oral arguments.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Jim Coley
DescriptionUrges the supreme court to adopt rules providing free online public access to video of supreme court oral arguments.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Civil Justice Subcommittee 02/25/15.
HJR71 Constitutional amendment - liberties not from government but God.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionProposes an amendment to the Constitution of Tennessee recognizing that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/11/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
HJR72 Constitutional amendment - election of attorney general and reporter.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Mark Pody
DescriptionProposes amendment of Article VI, Section 5, to provide for the popular election of the attorney general and reporter for a regular term of six years.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/11/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
HJR73 Limiting Justices of U.S. Supreme Court to one 12-year term of office.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionUrges Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit Justices of the United States Supreme Court to a single 12-year term of office.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/11/2015 - Filed for Introduction.

Labor Law - 1


SB1063 / HB1257 State's minimum hourly wage rate.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of labor and workforce development to set the state's minimum hourly wage rate at not less than $10.10 per hour and requires the commissioner to adjust the rate annually to reflect inflation in accordance with the consumer price index. Establishes a cause of action for employees if employers violate the state's minimum hourly wage rate. Sets the wage rate paid to blind persons employed by the state to the greater of the state minimum hourly wage rate or the federal minimum wage as provided by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Local Government - 6


SB287 / HB137 Eminent domain - deadline for owners to commence actions.
CategoryLocal Government
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionSpecifies which actions relating to eminent domain cases need to be commenced within 12 months after land has been actually taken possession of and the work of the proposed internal improvement has begun.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Civil Justice Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB749 / HB779 Abolishes deannexation by ordinance.
CategoryLocal Government
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, abolishes deannexation by ordinance; requires the reallocation of certain municipal highway funds if a municipality deannexes city roadways; revises various other provisions governing deannexation. - Amends TCA Title 6, Chapter 51 and Title 54.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB751 / HB780 Municipality to amend a plan of services by resolution.
CategoryLocal Government
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, in certain circumstances, permits a municipality to amend a plan of services by resolution of the governing body only after a public hearing for which notice has been published at least 30 days, instead of 15 days, in advance in a newspaper of general circulation. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 65.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB754 / HB778 Allows certain property owners to vote in an annexation referendum.
CategoryLocal Government
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionAllows nonresident property owners in a territory proposed for annexation to vote on whether or not to annex the territory. Limits number of nonresident property owns per property that can vote. Defines "business entity" and "nonresident property owner" for the purpose of voting in annexation referendum. Creates alternative process to annex territory by referendum at a town hall meeting.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB767 / HB816 Authorizes a municipality to contract its limits by ordinance.
CategoryLocal Government
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Billy Spivey
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, authorizes a municipality to contract its limits by ordinance upon receipt of a petition and approval in a referendum under certain circumstances. - Amends TCA Title 6, Chapter 51, Part 2.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB1192 / HB1136 Notice to homeowners for planned group homes in neighborhood.
CategoryLocal Government
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionRequires notice to affected homeowners when certain state-owned group homes are planned. Requires notice to homeowners living 500 yards within the proposed site.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Media & Publishing - 2


SB1027 / HB1068 Posting of notices on secretary of state's website.
CategoryMedia & Publishing
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionRequires all legal notices relative to foreclosures, land sales, transactions involving real property, or otherwise required by statute to be published in a newspaper of general circulation to be posted on the administrative register web site within the secretary of state's web site. Provides that a legal notice may also be filed in a newspaper of general circulation, provided that a publishing fee of $50.00 is paid to the secretary of state.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1293 / HB825 Makes general corrections to the Tennessee Code.
CategoryMedia & Publishing
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, revises Tennessee Code Annotated by correcting or deleting antiquated, erroneous, or obsolete language. - Amends TCA Section 3-2-111(c); Section 4-3-1010(b); Section 7-88-115; Section 67-6-393(f) and Section 68-55-306(b).
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Professions & Licensure - 1


SB1378 / HB863 Collateral Recovery Act.
CategoryProfessions & Licensure
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "Collateral Recovery Act." - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 26; Title 40; Title 45; Title 47; Title 55; Title 56; Title 62 and Title 66. (19 pp.)
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Property & Housing - 8


SB382 / HB177 Infrastructure improvements - final subdivision plat approval.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionRevises and creates new condition precedents to the final approval of subdivision plats. Permits the regional planning commission to grant final approval of a subdivision plat subject to the submittal and acceptance of a bond or other method of assurance. Requires the bond or other assurance method to provide for and secure to the public and the local government the actual construction and installation of the infrastructure improvements within a period specified by the regional planning commission. Eliminates criminal penalty for transferring land before subdivision plat approval and before the final plat is recorded.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB438 / HB428 Landowner notification of bill of rights in condemnation proceedings.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionDirects office of attorney general to prepare a written statement of the rights of a property owner whose real property may be acquired through eminent domain. Specifies which rights each property owner needs to be informed of and that statement is to be titled "Tennessee Landowner's Bill of Rights." Requires statement to be made available on the attorney general's website. Directs attorney general to mail a copy of the bill of rights statement, along with a copy of the petition, to the landowner. Specifies that failure to deliver the bill of rights to the landowner is not grounds for dismissal.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB549 / HB775 Zoning amendment requires written consent of property owner.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires any zoning amendment affecting a parcel of private property to take effect only upon written consent of the owner of that property. - Amends TCA Title 13, Chapter 7.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB717 / HB796 Disclosure - sinkholes on property.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Jay D. Reedy
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires a seller of real property to disclose to a buyer the presence of any known sinkhole on the property. - Amends TCA Title 66.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.
SB912 / HB919 Hearing on a zoning ordinance - notice increase.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionIncreases the notice required for a hearing on a zoning ordinance or any amendment to a zoning ordinance to 30 days, rather than 15 days. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1047 / HB479 Deed preparation requirements.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, requires that a deed for the conveyance of real property be prepared and filed by a licensed attorney or the owner of the property; requires the county register to verify a deed is properly prepared before it is registered and to note the verification on the deed. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 13; Title 23, Chapter 3; Title 66, Chapter 5, Part 1 and Title 66, Chapter 24.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1226 / HB793 Possibility of reverter - transfer by a holder other than grantor.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionProhibits the transfer of a possibility of reverter or right of entry by a holder other than the original grantor unless the transfer is to the holder of the corresponding fee simple determinable or fee simple subject to condition subsequent for the purpose of merger of the interests in any grantee.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1232 / HB846 Extends rules governing zoning restrictions to redevelopment plans.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, applies certain rules governing zoning restrictions to other land use restrictions, including redevelopment plans; prohibits redevelopment plans from being more restrictive than local zoning restrictions. - Amends TCA Title 13, Chapter 20, Part 2 and Title 13, Chapter 7, Part 2.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.

Public Employees - 6


SB164 / HB499 District public defenders conference - executive director's duties.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Karen D. Camper
DescriptionEliminates the requirement that the executive director of the district public defenders conference initiate conference calls between district public defenders.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB169 / HB397 Prohibits member of governing body from voting by text message.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionProhibits members of a governing body from casting votes by means of text messaging, including members who are participating through electronic communication.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB197 / HB119 Posting and mailing of detainer summonses by constables.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Bud Hulsey
DescriptionIncludes constables, along with sheriffs, as eligible persons who may act to satisfy the service of process requirements for actions involving forcible entry and detainer.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House State Government Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB355 / HB284 Law enforcement - damaging a vehicle during a search.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Jay D. Reedy
DescriptionProvides that if a motor vehicle is searched for items and the vehicle is dismantled, damaged, or adversely altered in any manner, then the applicable agency shall be responsible for all reasonable costs incurred in restoring the vehicle to its original state if certain conditions are met.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB727 / HB474 Certain employee medical records are not public records.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
DescriptionClarifies that certain medical records received and maintained by the Tennessee claims commission and the division of claims administration are confidential and not subject to public inspection. Defines "healthcare provider" and "medical record" as it relates to which records maintained by these agencies are confidential.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB1264 / HB1305 Duties of county attorney.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionSpecifies additional duties for the county attorney. Requires the county attorney to consult with and advise other elected county officials, their deputies, and their employees as to the proper application and enforcement of federal and state laws.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Public Finance - 2


SB748 / HB777 Fiscal Note Integrity Act of 2015.
CategoryPublic Finance
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "Fiscal Note Integrity Act of 2015." - Amends TCA Title 3; Title 4 and Title 9.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.
SB1070 / HB884 Appropriations - FY beginning July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015.
CategoryPublic Finance
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, makes appropriations for the purpose of defraying the expenses of certain legislative enactments passed during the 2015 session of the 109th General Assembly. - Repeals l certain appropriations and any acts inconsistent herewith; to provide provisional continuing appropriations; and to establish certain provisions, limitations, and restrictions under which appropriations may be obligated and expended. This act makes appropriations for the purposes described above for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Finance Subcommittee.

Taxes Business - 3


SB59 / HB423 Formula for calculation of franchise and excise tax.
CategoryTaxes Business
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionRevises the apportionment formula for the franchise and excise tax beginning January 1, 2016, to net earnings multiplied by the receipts factor. Under current law, the formula is defined as net earnings multiplied by a fraction, whereby the numerator is the property factor plus the payroll factor plus twice the receipts factor, and denominator would be four. Revises the apportionment of net worth formula beginning January 1, 2016, to net worth multiplied by the receipts factor. Under current law, net worth shall be multiplied by a fraction, whereby the numerator is the property factor plus the payroll factor plus twice the receipts factor, and the denominator of the fraction being four. Redefines the sale of property, other than sales of tangible personal property, in this state, as the receipts derived from customers within this state or if the receipts are otherwise attributable to this state's marketplace. Revises the apportionment formula for captive REIT affiliated groups to be based on receipts provided for in 67-4-2012(a)(2), including the receipts of those members of the affiliated group that would not be subject to taxation in this state if considered apart from the affiliated group. Excludes dividends, receipts, and expenses resulting from transactions between members of the affiliated group.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB324 / HB213 Calculation of net worth for franchise taxes.
CategoryTaxes Business
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises formula for calculating the excise and franchise taxes for tax years beginning on or after July 1, 2016, by multiplying the receipts factor by three and increasing the denominator of the fraction to five. Revises formula for calculating the excise tax for tax years beginning July 1, 2016, imposed on captive REIT affiliated groups by triple weighting receipts. Specifies that all persons subject to franchise and excise taxes must register with the department of revenue within 15 days after the date the person becomes subject to the tax.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Finance Subcommittee.
SB584 / HB232 Person offering short term rental to transient pays hotel taxes.
CategoryTaxes Business
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionDefines "short term rental" to mean a room, apartment, condominium, house, or any other dwelling unit or part of a dwelling unit furnished to transients for sleeping purposes in exchange for consideration. Requires any person who furnishes a short term rental to a transient shall pay all applicable taxes and obtain a local business license that must be displayed on rental premises and on any marketing materials or web site offering short term rental or rent.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.

Taxes General - 7


SB32 / HB48 Increases Hall Income tax exemptions.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionRequires the amounts of the Hall tax exemptions to be raised annually in accordance with inflation beginning with the 2016 calendar year. Requires the department of revenue to notify taxpayers of any change in dollar amounts and to post the information on the department's website.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Finance Subcommittee.
SB47 / HB813 Reduces Hall Income tax.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Charles M. Sargent
DescriptionReduces Hall income tax by one percent in every year that state revenue growth exceeds three percent. Specifies that once Hall income tax rate reaches three percent, the reduction rate of the Hall income tax in years that state revenue growth exceeds three percent decreases to three-quarters (.75) percent until the rate is reduced to zero. Specifies that the reduced Hall income tax rate takes effect on January 1 following the end of the fiscal year in which the state revenue growth exceeded three percent. Specifies that distribution of tax revenue to general fund decreases in conjunction with each reduction of Hall income tax rate until it reaches zero. Increases distribution of tax proceeds to county or municipality government in which the taxpayer resides until 100 percent of proceeds are distributed to the county or municipality.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB58 / HB54 Reducing tax on groceries.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Curtis G. Johnson
DescriptionReduces the sales tax rate on food from 5 percent to 4.5 percent.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Finance Subcommittee.
SB322 / HB291 Evaluation of tax credits and revises various tax credits.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRequires commissioners of economic and community development and revenue to evaluate certain tax credits and report to the governor and certain legislators. Revises, modifies, and limits various other tax credit provisions. Part of Administration Package.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance Revenue Subcommittee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Business & Utilities Subcommittee 02/24/15.
SB556 / HB678 Phasing out the privilege tax for certain occupations.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. James (Micah) Van Huss
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, phases out the privilege tax on persons engaged in certain occupations by annually decreasing it by 20 percent over the next five years; eliminates the tax in 2019 and thereafter. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 4, Part 17.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Finance Subcommittee.
SB1109 / HB1005 Allows Knox county legislative body to impose litigation tax.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
DescriptionAllows Knox County to impose a litigation tax of $5.00 on all criminal cases upon adoption of a resolution by two-thirds majority of the county legislative body. Requires the revenue collected from the litigation tax to be used exclusively for the funding of courts with criminal jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, the purchase of equipment and the payment of salaries.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1249 / HB1279 Extend time for commissioner to deny expedited ruling request.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. David Alexander
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, extends time commissioner has to deny request for expedited ruling and return the fee from seven days to 10 days from the date of the request. - Amends TCA Title 67.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Taxes Property - 5


SB55 / HB802 Delinquent tax attorney compensation.
CategoryTaxes Property
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionRemoves the delinquent tax attorney compensation provision for Montgomery County that allowed the county to pay up to 20 percent of delinquent taxes collected to the attorney. Places Montgomery County with all other counties which are allowed to pay up to 10 percent of delinquent taxes collected.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate State & Local Government Committee Regular Calendar 02/24/15.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Local Government Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB331 / HB214 Redemption of property subject to delinquent property taxes.
CategoryTaxes Property
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionSpecifies right of redemption period for occupied properties, unoccupied property that is not vacant, and vacant and abandoned property. Requires at least three inspections over a two month period to form reasonable basis that property is abandoned. Specifies what constitutes evidence of abandonment. Defines certain terms with regard to redemption of property subject to delinquent property taxes.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB690 / HB263 Judicial proceeding on assessment of property - confidentiality.
CategoryTaxes Property
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Kevin Brooks
DescriptionClarifies that evidence introduced in an administrative or judicial proceeding concerning the assessment of property is not confidential, unless made confidential by a protective order of the judge in the proceeding.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB770 / HB1290 Sale of delinquent tax property.
CategoryTaxes Property
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Jerry Sexton
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, authorizes reports of sale prepared in connection with sales of delinquent tax property to be registered; makes related revisions governing the conduct of a sale of delinquent tax property. - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 66 and Title 67.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1358 / HB419 Notice of tax assessment being challenged by taxpayer.
CategoryTaxes Property
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. David Alexander
DescriptionClarifies that taxpayer challenging a tax assessment by the department of revenue must attach the notice of the assessment to the petition filed in the lawsuit. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Taxes Sales - 1


SB327 / HB233 Retaining portion of sales taxes as compensation for costs incurred.
CategoryTaxes Sales
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionAllows a dealer, when reporting and remitting sales taxes to the department of revenue, to deduct a portion of the taxes. Allows for a two percent deduction of the first $2,500 on each report and one and fifteen one-hundredths percent of the amount over $2,500. Prohibits a deduction if any report or remittance of tax is delinquent. Limits the deduction to a maximum of $25 per report. Requires the amount equal to the excess of the amount calculated by the formula over and above the $25 dollar limit to be deposited in the state's general fund.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Finance Subcommittee.

Tenncare - 2


SB742 / HB1116 Healthcare Choice Act.
CategoryTenncare
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jerry Sexton
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "Healthcare Choice Act," which authorizes personal health accounts in the TennCare program. - Amends TCA Title 56 and Title 71.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SJR88 Waiver for implementation of TennCare Opt Out program.
CategoryTenncare
SponsorsSen. Mark Green
DescriptionRequests the governor to apply for an appropriate federal waiver in order to implement the TennCare Opt Out program as a small pilot project within the TennCare program.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House StatusNone

Tort Liability - 4


SB332 / HB568 Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act - governmental entities.
CategoryTort Liability
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. John J. Deberry Jr.
DescriptionExpands definition of governmental entity under Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act to include nonprofit corporations existing exclusively to manage, maintain, and support government-owned property on behalf of a governmental entity.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Local Government Subcommittee.
SB616 / HB537 Civil immunity for forcibly entering vehicle to save animal.
CategoryTort Liability
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionAdds immunity from civil liability for person forcibly entering a vehicle to remove an animal in imminent danger of suffering harm, to existing procedures giving immunity for removing a minor in danger from a locked vehicle.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB889 / HB714 Healthcare liability action - prohibits evidence by public agencies.
CategoryTort Liability
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Leigh Rosser Wilburn
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, prohibits the use of a survey, inspection, or investigation of a healthcare provider that is conducted by a state or federal department or agency as evidence in a healthcare liability action, except to impeach a witness, or in an advertisement, unless certain criteria are met. - Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 26, Part 1.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Health Subcommittee.
SB1032 / HB1277 Tort liability protections for certain contractors.
CategoryTort Liability
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, creates certain tort liability protections for contractors providing direct client services for the department of children's services, the department of mental health and substance abuse services, and the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3; Title 9, Chapter 8 and Title 37, Chapter 5.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Transportation Vehicles - 5


SB443 / HB451 Increases fine for texting while driving.
CategoryTransportation Vehicles
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionIncreases the fine for texting while driving from a maximum fine of $50.00 to a fine of $250. Also increases the fine for non-use of a seat belt while driving. Allocates a portion of the revenue for a person's conviction for not using a seat belt while driving to the state's general fund and earmarks the revenue for the exclusive use of the division of vocational rehabilitation.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Transportation & Safety Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Transportation Subcommittee.
SB729 / HB396 Applicant with valid driver license from foreign country.
CategoryTransportation Vehicles
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionUnder certain circumstances, waives driver license tests for an applicant with a valid driver license from a foreign country, if the department of safety enters into a reciprocal memorandum of understanding with a foreign country and the applicant verifies residency.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Transportation & Safety Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Transportation Subcommittee.
SB1052 / HB1075 Drivers providing services for a transportation network requirements.
CategoryTransportation Vehicles
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Roger Kane
DescriptionRequires transportation network companies and any drivers providing services for a transportation network company to comply with certain insurance requirements. Requires drivers to be insured with liability coverage in the amount of $1,000,000, uninsured motorist coverage, and collision coverage. Specifies various ways coverage requirements can be satisfied,
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1318 / HB1193 Open container - prohibits both driver and passenger.
CategoryTransportation Vehicles
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, prohibits both the driver and the passengers in a motor vehicle from consuming an alcoholic beverage or possessing an open container in the passenger area and creates an administrative, rather than judicial, process to revoke the driver license of a person charged with a DUI violation or other criminal offenses. - Amends TCA Title 39; Title 40; Title 50 and Title 55.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1341 / HB140 Open Container Law expansion.
CategoryTransportation Vehicles
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionProhibits passengers in a motor vehicle from consuming or possessing an open alcoholic beverage container except in certain circumstances. Defines new terms regarding offense of consuming or possessing an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle. Authorizes bowling alleys with a restaurant or a limited service restaurant on the premises to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House State Government Subcommittee.

Utilities - 1


SB1053 / HB1253 Business entities using a digital network application.
CategoryUtilities
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Mike Sparks
DescriptionRequires that any business entity that uses a digital network application to connect a business or business's participant to a consumer in this state shall maintain an agent for service of process in this state.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Veterans & Military Affairs - 1


SB718 / HB798 Permit dependents of military members to retain priority for services.
CategoryVeterans & Military Affairs
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, permits dependents of military service members to retain priority for receiving home and community-based services under a federal waiver in certain circumstances. - Amends TCA Title 33, Chapter 5 and Title 71, Chapter 5.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Health Subcommittee.

Workers Compensation - 3


SB174 / HB178 Public records regarding workers' compensation policies.
CategoryWorkers Compensation
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionIncludes workers' compensation policy cancellation date and the policy reinstatement date as public record information.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.
SB581 / HB316 Report of employers who fail to provide coverage.
CategoryWorkers Compensation
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionChanges the date by which the workers' compensation division must produce its report of all the employers that failed to obtain coverage or self-insure during the previous fiscal year from December 31 to December 15.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.
SB675 / HB821 Annual report of the workers' compensation advisory council.
CategoryWorkers Compensation
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionRequires that the annual report of the workers' compensation advisory council be distributed to the chief clerk of the house and chief clerk of the senate, who are to distribute the report to any requesting member of the general assembly.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.

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