Action List

News and Information on Actions of the Tennessee General Assembly

(Updated February 23, 2015)


These are bills that the Tennessee Bar Association has a direct interest in. This means it has either initiated the legislation, taken a position on the bill or has a policy on the issue.

To track a bill's status between updates, visit the General Assembly's web site. There you can track each bill by its number and also find contact information on each senator and representative.


Campaigns & Lobbying - 1


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.

Commercial Law - 3


SB144 / HB620 Merger voting and payment of claims by dissolved corporation.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionSpecifies information required in written notice to voting shareholders regarding actions taken by non-unanimous written consent. Revises time for shareholder dissenting to merger to give notice of withdrawal. Revises when mergers require separate voting by voting groups for for-profit and non-profit organizations. Clarifies definition of fair value regarding value given for dissenter's shares. Requires director of dissolved corporation to make reasonable arrangements for the payment of claims and distribution of assets to shareholders. Defines "sign" and "signature" to include electronic sounds, symbols, or processes used with present intent to authenticate or adopt a document. Broadly Captioned.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Commerce & Labor Committee 02/24/15.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.
SB625 / HB272 Limits inspection of records to certain shareholders.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionRequires person seeking to inspect the records of a corporation to be a shareholder for at least six months prior to demand to inspect, hold at least five percent of all outstanding shares, and get written authorization for holders of at least five percent of all outstanding shares to make demand. Specifies that new requirements do not apply where existing corporation's charter conflicts. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Business & Utilities Subcommittee 02/24/15.
SB626 / HB271 Requirements to inspect or copy record of shareholders.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionAllows corporations to require a sworn affidavit from a shareholder who seeks to inspect or copy the record of shareholders. Excludes the affidavit requirement from shareholders of corporations with existing charters unless a charter amendment is filed to remove the inconsistency.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Business & Utilities Subcommittee 02/24/15.

Criminal Law - 3


SB610 / HB41 Prohibits the waiving of the 12 hour jail period for domestic abusers.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionRemoves provisions allowing judges or magistrates to waive the current 12-hour period during which a defendant charged with a domestic violence offense or an elder abuse offense cannot be released on bail.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Criminal Justice Subcommittee 02/24/15.
SB642 / HB623 Revoking defendant's bond not allowed in certain circumstances.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, deletes provision permitting a court to revoke a defendant's bond and order the defendant held without bail pending trial if the defendant violates a condition of release, is charged with an offense committed during the defendant's release, or engages in conduct which obstructs the progress of the trial. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 11.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
SB677 / HB661 Additional conditions of release or bail for certain defendants.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionProhibits person charged with abuse, neglect, or endangerment, or aggravated abuse, neglect or endangerment, of a child from being released within 12 hours of arrest if it is determined that offender is a threat to alleged victim, unless sufficient time has elapsed to protect the victim. Requires written findings to be preserved in record and attached to warrant.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Education - 3


SB977 / HB571 Legal representation for children in truancy proceedings.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. John J. Deberry Jr.
DescriptionEntitles children to legal representation in proceedings alleging truancy.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB1021 / HB1204 Providing civic education in schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionAsserts that providing civic education, promoting good citizenship, and understanding fundamental democratic principles should be core missions of all Tennessee schools, not just secondary schools.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1241 / HB1154 Delinquent acts of a student requiring LEA notification.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Bud Hulsey
DescriptionExpands the delinquent acts committed by a juvenile that require notification to the LEA where the juvenile resides or last attended school. Requires LEA to be notified any time a juvenile is adjudicated delinquent for specified delinquent acts, instead of only when being initially enrolled in the school, returning to school from suspension or expulsion, or transferring to another school. Shifts responsibility of informing school about delinquency adjudication from the parents, to the juvenile court clerk or general sessions clerk.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Education Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Estates & Trusts - 2


SB326 / HB774 Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.
CategoryEstates & Trusts
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionEnacts the "Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act." Specifies the personal representative of the decedent has the right to access the content of an electronic communication that the custodian is permitted to disclose, any catalogue of electronic communications sent or received by the decedent, and any other digital asset in which at death the decedent had a right or interest. Permits the court to grant a guardian or conservator the right to access certain electronic communications and digital assets regarding a minor or person with a disability. Specifies other rights pertaining to digital assets and electronic communications regarding fiduciaries. (10 pp.)
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB465 / HB898 Tennessee Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act.
CategoryEstates & Trusts
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Kevin Brooks
DescriptionCreates the "Tennessee Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act." Authorizes real property and motor vehicles to be transferred upon an owner's death to a designated beneficiary. Allows such action to occur if indicated in a "death deed." Specifies contents of such death deeds. (14 pp.)
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Family Law - 2


SB161 / HB609 Divorce - marital property treated as separate property.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionRequires account balances, accrued benefits, or other values of vested and unvested pension benefits, vested and unvested stock option rights, retirement and other fringe benefits relating to employment prior to the date of marriage together with the appreciation of the value be treated as separate property for purposes of division of property in a divorce or legal separation. Provides that in determining appreciation in related cases, the court shall utilize any reasonably reliable method of attributing postmarital appreciation to the value of the premarital benefits, regardless of whether contributions were made to the account and contributions have appreciated in value during the marriage. Establishes requirements for withdrawing such assets for the purpose of acquiring separate assets of the employee spouse or marital assets.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB668 / HB829 Restraining order to be served before release.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionRequires that where an order of protection or restraining order is granted, prior to release, against an offender arrested for stalking, aggravated stalking, or a domestic violence offender, the offender must be served with the order prior to release. Specifies that orders granted after the offender's release should be served on the offender as soon as possible after release. Requires copy of the order of protection or restraining order to be issued to any other court in which the respondent and petitioner are parties to an action.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.

Government Organization - 1


SB768 / HB835 Creates the civil justice reform commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, creates the civil justice reform commission to study possible reforms to increase access to the civil justice system; requires the commission to report findings and recommendations to the senate judiciary committee, civil justice committee of the house, governor, and supreme court by January 1, 2016. - Amends TCA Title 16; Title 19; Title 20; Title 21; Title 22; Title 24 and Title 4.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.

Government Regulation - 1


SB504 / HB489 Authorizes transmission of nonprofit information electronically.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionAuthorizes the transmission and filing of nonprofit corporations' annual reports to the secretary of state in an electronic format; authorizes the transmission of the secretary of state's list of new nonprofit corporations that were licensed or authorized to operate in the state during the preceding month and the secretary of state's list of nonprofit corporations that surrendered their charters, had charters revoked, or ceased to do business in this state, during the preceding month, to the commissioner of revenue in an electronic format.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.

Insurance General - 1


SB329 / HB295 Legal Insurance Act - exemption for certain products and services.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Roger Kane
DescriptionExempts certain products and services provided to customers for a fee that include limited consultations with an attorney from regulation under the Tennessee Legal Insurance Act.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee 02/25/15.

Judiciary - 24


SB1 / HB142 Appellate court judges - appointment process.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionEstablishes the procedure for the appointment, confirmation and retention of appellate court judges pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution of Tennessee. Provides that appellate judges shall be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the general assembly. Replaces the judicial nomination commission with the judicial confirmation committee, and outlines its organizational structure and duties with regards to the appointment of appellate judges. Establishes that upon receiving a recommendation through a resolution brought by a member of the judicial confirmation committee, both the house of representatives and senate shall vote to confirm or reject the appointee; if either of the two houses votes to reject the appointee, than the appointee is rejected regardless of whether the other houses votes on the question. Outlines the criteria to be followed for an incumbent appellate judge seeking reelection by retention. (15 pp.)
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB37 / HB282 Attorney general investigations concerning public officials.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionGives the attorney general and reporter concurrent jurisdiction with the appropriate district attorney general to investigate and initiate the criminal prosecution of public officials for corruption and misuse of public office. Defines "public official" as any person who holds an elected office in any branch of the state government or political subdivision.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 02/24/15.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB41 / HB144 Creation of task force on e-filing of documents in court system.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionRequires the speaker of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chief justice of the supreme court to establish an advisory task force to review and propose a process to implement e-filing of documents in the state court system and to recommend any necessary statutory revisions and any funding required to effectuate e-filing in state courts. Also, requires the speaker of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chief justice of the supreme court to establish an advisory task force to review and propose any necessary statutory revisions regarding the appointment of counsel for indigent defendants.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Set for Senate Government Operations Committee 02/25/15.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB166 Allowing use of victim's photograph in trial.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling
DescriptionAllows for the admittance of a victim's photograph at trial in cases involving the death of the victim, if the photograph is a reasonable depiction of the victim.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SB471 / HB627 Person who is 70 or older may be excused from jury duty.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionProvides that a person who is 70 years of age or older may be excused from jury duty. Requires the process for being excused to be included on juror summons following exhaustion of current supplies.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB483 / HB160 General assembly - direct attorney general to file civil action.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionAuthorizes the general assembly to direct the attorney general and reporter to initiate or withdraw from a civil action on behalf of the state. Allows the general assembly to employ legal counsel to advise it on matters related to such actions.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/09/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB611 / HB805 Licensed social workers exempt from subpoena to trial.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionAdds licensed social workers to the list of deponents exempt from subpoena to trial but subject to subpoena to a deposition.
Senate Status02/12/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.
SB649 / HB141 Task force on implementing e-filing in Tennessee's court system.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionRequires the speaker of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chief justice of the supreme court to establish an advisory task force to review and propose a process to implement e-filing of documents in the court system by July 1, 2015. Creates a task force on revising the process of appointment of counsel for indigent defendants.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SB698 / HB792 Procedure for appointment and confirmation of appellate court judges.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Leigh Rosser Wilburn
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, establishes procedure for the appointment and confirmation of appellate court judges in accordance with Article VI, Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution. - Amends TCA Title 2; Title 4; Title 6; Title 16; Title 17 and Title 38, Chapter 6.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.
SB764 / HB666 Three year statute of limitations for personal injury actions.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionExtends statute of limitations for personal injury causes of action to three years, instead of one year, after the cause of action accrued.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/18/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.
SB997 / HB1161 Revisions to Tennessee Litigation Financing Consumer Protection Act.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionAllows a litigation financier to attempt to use arbitration or effect a waiver of a consumer's right to jury trial. Allows a litigation financier to assign a litigation financing contract. Authorizes revisions of other various provisions of the Tennessee Litigation Financing Consumer Protection Act.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1009 / HB1025 Sets reimbursement rate for indigent counsel to $100 per hour.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Mike Stewart
DescriptionRequires that the rules adopted by the supreme court that establish compensation rates for appointed counsel of indigent defendants set a minimum hourly rate of $100.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
SB1169 / HB961 Judicial nominating commission - state trial court vacancies.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, creates a judicial nominating commission to select qualified persons to send to the governor for filling of vacancies in state trial courts. - Amends TCA Title 2; Title 4, Chapter 29, Part 2; Title 16 and Title 17.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1242 / HB1259 Procedure for person to take bar regardless of law school attendance.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionDirects the state supreme court to establish rules allowing a person to apply for and take the Tennessee bar examination without graduating from law school. Specifies that, regardless of whether a person graduated from law school, successful bar passage makes person eligible to practice law. Prohibits court from establishing a rule limiting the number of times a person may take the Tennessee bar examination.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1269 / HB1306 Certain supreme court meetings are open to public.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionRequires any meeting of supreme court justices where voting for a candidate for the office of attorney general and reporter occurs to be subject to the open meetings law.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1296 / HB1335 Jury service reforms.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jerry Sexton
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, institutes jury service reforms including a reduction of jury service terms, protections to small businesses, provisions for allowing a juror to select a service date from a list of dates, and additional reforms. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 21, Part 4; Title 9, Chapter 4; Title 22 and Title 39, Chapter 16, Part 5.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB1324 / HB241 Funding for attorneys representing indigent criminal defendants.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Curry Todd
DescriptionDeletes provision requiring local governments to match increase in funding to district attorney general with increase in funding for public defenders office for the purpose of indigent criminal defense equal to at least 75 percent of that for the district attorney general. Broadly captioned.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Introduced in the Senate.
House Status02/11/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
SJR17 Constitutional amendment - popular election of attorney general and reporter.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers
DescriptionProposes an amendment to Article VI, Section 5 of the state constitution to provide for popular election of the attorney general and reporter for a regular term of four years.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SJR63 Popular election of attorney general.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers
DescriptionProposes amendment of Article VI, Section 5, to provide for popular election of the attorney general and reporter for a regular term of six years.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SJR75 Constitutional amendment - appointment of AG and reporter.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager
DescriptionProposes an amendment of Article VI, Section 5 to provide for appointment of an attorney general and reporter for the state by joint vote of the general assembly.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
HJR10 Constitutional amendment - popular election of attorney general and reporter.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Craig Fitzhugh
DescriptionProposes an amendment to Article VI, Section 5 of the state constitution to provide for popular election of the attorney general and reporter for a regular term of eight years.
Senate StatusNone
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
HJR91 Constitutional amendment - terms of judges set by the general assembly.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Larry J. Miller
DescriptionProposes a constitutional amendment to provide that the terms of circuit, chancery, and other inferior court judges be set by the general assembly, rather than the eight year terms currently required by the state Constitution.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/12/2015 - Filed for Introduction.
HR3 Revisions to the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionRatifies and approves the amendments and revisions to the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, as adopted by the supreme court.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/09/2015 - Referred to House Civil Justice Committee.
HR4 Revisions to the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsRep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionRatifies and approves the amendments and revisions to the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure, as adopted by the supreme court.
Senate StatusNone
House Status02/09/2015 - Referred to House Criminal Justice Committee.

Labor Law - 2


SB721 / HB997 Enacts Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative." - Amends TCA Title 50 and Title 56.
Senate Status02/18/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB864 / HB903 Tennessee Pay Equality Act.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. John Ray Clemmons
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Pay Equality Act." - Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 50.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Property & Housing - 4


SB67 / HB29 Eviction notice for certain actions.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionAllows a landlord to provide three days' notice, as sufficient notice of termination of tenancy, for eviction of certain residential tenants if the tenants engage in certain violent activities.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.
SB306 / HB236 Enacts the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionCreates "Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act." Limits, modifies and supersedes certain sections of the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. Establishes certain filing rules for persons disclaiming an interest in real property created by a transfer on death deed.
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/19/2015 - Set for House Finance Subcommittee 02/25/15.
SB405 / HB610 Tennessee Homeowners Association Act.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionEnacts the "Tennessee Homeowner's Association Act." Establishes rules, regulations, guidelines, and penalties for the creation and governance of Tennessee homeowner's associations. Exempts condominiums and timeshares from this act. (37 pp.)
Senate Status02/11/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status02/11/2015 - Introduced in the House.
SB877 / HB1183 Mechanics' and materialmen's liens.
CategoryProperty & Housing
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionState Summary - As introduced, revises various provisions relative to mechanics' and materialmen's liens. - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 11.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Public Employees - 2


SB25 Notary public- record keeping.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey
DescriptionProvides that only if a notary public charges a fee for services, must the notary public record, either electronically or in a well-bound book, each of the notary's acts, attestations, protestations, and other instruments of publication. If the notary public does not demand or receive a fee then no recordation is required.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House StatusNone
SB888 / HB1033 Notaries with no service fee not required to keep record of acts.
CategoryPublic Employees
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionClarifies that notaries public who do not charge a fee for services do not have to keep a record of acts, attestations, and protestations. Specifies that if a notary or notary's employer collects a fee for one or more services but does not separately charge a fee for the notary services, no recordation of acts is required. Specifies that recordation by notaries who are bank employees is governed by bank privacy laws if the bank charges a fee and the services are within the scope of the notary's employment.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Taxes General - 1


SB909 / HB943 Governmental immunity for all parcels purchased at tax sales.
CategoryTaxes General
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. Bud Hulsey
DescriptionGrants a government entity immunity from liability all dues, fees, and assessments for all parcels purchased by the entity at tax sales.
Senate Status02/19/2015 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status02/12/2015 - Introduced in the House.

Workers Compensation - 1


SB105 / HB94 Revisions to the Workers' Compensation Law.
CategoryWorkers Compensation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionMakes various revisions to the Workers Compensation Law. Requires the administrator of the division of worker's compensation to create utilization review system to select outpatient and inpatient healthcare providers for employees claiming benefits under the chapter. Requires all providers to be accredited by specified utilization review organizations. Extends the statute of limitations for claims based on permanent partial disability to two years from the date of last payment of disability benefits where permanent partial disability benefits were paid, but the employer and employee had not entered into a settlement agreement approved by a worker's compensation judge. Redefines "qualified physician" for the purpose of the panel of physicians an employee is entitled to for pain management. Specifies procedures for filing an interlocutory appeal. Revises deadlines for filing certain papers when appealing a compensation order. Allows appeals board to modify or reverse a decision by the worker's compensation judge under certain conditions. Allows the appeals board in exceptional circumstances to extend a deadline to perform an act, excluding the filing of a notice of appeal, by five business days for interlocutory appeals, and 21 calendar days for compensation orders. Authorizes administrator to assess filing fees to fund the administration of the division. Adds swearing in witnesses at hearings and other court of worker's compensation claims functions to the list of actions worker's compensation judges have the authority to perform. Allows judge to appoint a guardian ad litem for a claim of death benefits. Grants judges of workers' compensation claims certain execution authority. Requires approval from a worker's compensation judge to settle a claim for permanent disability benefits and specifies that agreements without the requisite approval are void. Makes other technical modifications. Part of Administration Package.
Senate Status01/17/2015 - Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
House Status01/17/2015 - Referred to House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee.

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