TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jun 29, 2016

While most of the public attention has been focused on the new law that allows wine to be sold in grocery stores, there are dozens of other new laws that take effect on July 1.

Below is a list of legislation enacted in the current session, with those that take effect on July 1 highlighted in yellow.


Agriculture - 1


SB704 / HB716 Extends annual harvesting and planting season.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Debra Moody
DescriptionSpecifies that the annual planting and harvest seasons for the state extend from January 1 to December 31 of each year.
Public ChapterPC135
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB916 / HB783 Wine samples not subject to privilege tax.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionExempts samples of wine for tasting on the premises of a winery or farm wine producer, and wine sold in sealed containers for consumption on the premises of a winery or farm wine producer from the taxes levied on the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Public ChapterPC270
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB852 / HB1309 Articles of incorporation of cooperative marketing associations.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionPermits articles of incorporation of cooperative marketing associations to be amended under certain procedures to allow for a conversion to a general nonprofit corporation.
Public ChapterPC323
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB1699 / HB1733 Repeals obsolete fancy fresh egg marketing program.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jason Zachary
DescriptionRepeals fancy fresh egg marketing program.
Public ChapterPC589
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1934 / HB1946 Commissioner of agriculture has sole authority to regulate seed.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Ron Lollar
DescriptionGives the commissioner of agriculture exclusive jurisdiction and authority over all matters related to the regulation of seed. Declares the commissioner the sole authority to prohibit the planting, cultivation, harvesting, handling, or movement of agricultural seeds except as otherwise specifically provided for by state law. Requires commissioner to maintain a comprehensive scheme for regulating seed to be uniform throughout the state.
Public ChapterPC643
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB2591 / HB1941 Nuisance actions on changed farming operations.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Tim Wirgau
DescriptionImposes same burden of proof in nuisance actions based on new types of farming operations as presently applied to nuisance actions based on established farming operations.
Public ChapterPC728
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB2529 / HB1529 Conducting of livestock cruelty examinations.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionCurrent law prohibits entry onto the property of another, arrest, interference with usual and customary agricultural or veterinary practices, confiscation, or other regulatory actions taken in response to an allegation of a violation has occurred with regard to livestock unless, prior to or at the same time as such action, the livestock in question is examined by: (1) The county agricultural extension agent; (2) A graduate of an accredited college of veterinary medicine specializing in livestock practice; or (3) A graduate from an accredited college of agriculture with a specialty in livestock. If the extension agent, veterinary college graduate specializing in livestock practice, or livestock specialist does not have probable cause to believe that a violation has occurred with regard to the livestock, no action against the owner may be taken. If an extension agent, veterinary college graduate specializing in livestock practice, or livestock specialist does not make an inspection within 24 hours of receipt of a complaint, then a licensed veterinarian may make the inspection. This bill: (1) Replaces (1) above with the commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner's duly authorized agent trained to conduct livestock cruelty examinations; (2) Specifies that the examination must occur at the time that action is taken, rather than prior to or at the time that the action is taken; and (3) Requires that, in situations where a licensed veterinarian makes a probable cause inspection, the veterinarian's findings be afforded the same presumption and effect as if the findings were made by the commissioner or the commissioner's agent, or a graduate identified in (2) or (3) above. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC740
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB1801 / HB1835 Inventory to be made of certain operating grist mills.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionRequires the department of agriculture to maintain an inventory of operating grist mills located in the state on its website and to update it annually. Provides that if a grist mill is removed from the inventory that the department maintains under this section due to the grist mill ceasing to operate, the department shall notify the state representative and state senator in whose districts the grist mill is located.
Public ChapterPC764
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB1611 / HB2032 Licensure of industrial hemp processors and distributors.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionRequires the department of agriculture to license industrial hemp processors and distributors in this state. Clarifies that any person who makes only retail sales of industrial hemp obtained from a licensed processor or distributor is not required to obtain a license. Authorizes certain higher education institutions to develop ultra-low THC content industrial hemp seeds that could be certified by the state seed certifying agency for use by persons licensed to grow industrial hemp in this state.
Public ChapterPC891
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1800 / HB1990 Membership on the viticulture advisory board.
CategoryAgriculture
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionIncreases membership on the viticulture advisory board to include two members of the general assembly, to be appointed by the house and senate speakers.
Public ChapterPC1042
Effective Date07/01/2016

Alcoholic Beverages - 40


SB426 / HB543 Beer manufacturer - prohibited financial stake in other beer business.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Ryan Haynes
DescriptionProhibits a brewer or manufacturer of beer from having any direct or indirect financial or ownership interest in a business with a wholesaler or retail license, and from holding a wholesale or retail license. Defines indirect interest as it pertains to this prohibition. Prohibits wholesaler from having any direct or indirect financial or ownership interest in a business with a brewer, manufacturer, or retail license, and from holding a manufacturer or retail license. Specifies certain circumstances in which a manufacturer may have a financial interest in a licensed wholesaler's business for a limited period of time. Specifies differing definitions of "wholesaler" with respect to beer wholesaler-supplier relations and taxation of beer.
Public ChapterPC19
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB185 / HB145 Citizenship requirement for beer permit applicants.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionImposes, after July 1, 2015, a one-year United States citizenship or residency requirement on beer permit applicants.
Public ChapterPC29
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB376 / HB859 Making beer without a license or permit.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionAllows a person to make homemade beer without a license or permit under certain circumstances. Establishes when homemade beer may be utilized in certain exhibitions, contests and competitions. Defines homemade as it refers to the creation of beer.
Public ChapterPC69
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB406 / HB247 Authorizes Dancing Bear Lodge to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionAllows consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises of Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend.
Public ChapterPC70
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB814 / HB312 Allows the sale of alcoholic beverages at Commodore Hotel and Cafe.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionAllows Commodore Hotel and Cafe in Perry County to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises.
Public ChapterPC116
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB930 / HB942 Allows Ivy Wild and Blue Chair Cafe & Tavern to serve alcohol.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. David Alexander
DescriptionAuthorizes the Ivy Wild and Blue Chair Cafe & Tavern in Franklin County to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises.
Public ChapterPC119
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB897 / HB639 Beer manufacturer to operate as a retailer.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Ed Jackson / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionRemoves provision limiting authority for beer manufacturers to operate as a retailer at the manufacturer's location or a site contiguous to the manufacturer's location to only certain counties.
Public ChapterPC176
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB124 / HB47 Alcohol vaporizing device- increased penalties.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionIncreases the maximum period of on-premises license suspension from 60 to 90 days for first violation of alcohol vaporizing device prohibitions.
Public ChapterPC201
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB990 / HB186 Liquor-by-the-drink tax proceeds to local governments.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. David Alexander
DescriptionExtends certain current distribution provisions concerning liquor-by-the-drink tax proceeds to county and city governments until June 30, 2016. Changes effective date for certain distribution provisions for liquor-by-the-drink tax proceeds to July 1, 2016. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC220
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1029 / HB1125 Makes various revisions to alcoholic beverages statute.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Jimmy A. Eldridge
DescriptionClarifies that "municipality" includes any city of more than 925 persons instead of 1,000 persons. Removes provision from certificate of compliance requiring mayor to state opinion that applicant will not violate any alcoholic beverage related laws. Requires a person to have a nonresident seller's permit if selling or distributing any alcoholic beverages to a licensed manufacturer. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC269
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB388 / HB642 Davidson County - on premise consumption near convention center.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionExpands premises for consumption of alcoholic beverages to include area between a convention center, convention center hotel, museum, and one block of public roadway in Nashville upon majority vote of the local legislative body.
Public ChapterPC279
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB917 / HB1011 Record of alcoholic beverages delivered to licensed retailer.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionRequires the record of delivery of alcoholic beverages to a licensed retailer to include the signature of a person 21 years of age or older who was responsible for receiving the delivery.
Public ChapterPC285
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB18 / HB131 Eagleville - serving of alcoholic beverages and wine on premises.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Curtis G. Johnson
DescriptionAuthorizes any establishment in Eagleville that is licensed to serve beer to also serve alcoholic beverages and wine for consumption on premises with a premier type tourist resort license.
Public ChapterPC336
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB643 / HB761 Eliminates the restrictions on items a winery may sell at retail.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Tim Wirgau
DescriptionEliminates the restrictions on items a winery may sell at retail, clarifying that a winery may sell any item at retail as state law permits.
Public ChapterPC366
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB650 / HB845 Allows restaurant or limited service restaurant to serve alcohol.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Antonio Parkinson
DescriptionAllows restaurant or limited service restaurant licensee to also serve alcoholic beverages, including beer, in any area of the premises that is used for the purpose of entertainment activities.
Public ChapterPC367
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB710 / HB826 Payment to wholesalers for alcoholic beverages.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionRevises payment to wholesalers. Specifies payments to wholesalers within a time period negotiated between the parties, instead of at or near the time of delivery. Allows the establishments to pay with cash, check, electronic funds transfer, credit card, debit card, or other methods as approved by the alcoholic beverage commission.
Public ChapterPC369
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB769 / HB452 Temporary licenses for consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionAuthorizes the alcohol beverage commission to issue temporary licenses for consumption of alcoholic beverages, lasting up to 30 days, on the premises. Revises instances where the commission must receive notification of a change of ownership in an establishment holding such license. Increases the threshold ownership interest of a person convicted of certain offenses that prevents an establishment from receiving such license or a beer permit from five to ten percent.
Public ChapterPC391
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB528 / HB542 Shipping of wine purchased outside the United States.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Ryan Haynes
DescriptionAllows a Tennessee resident stationed outside the US while serving as a member for the US armed forces or reserve, or the Tennessee national guard, or who resided outside the US for employment to apply for a one-time license to ship wine into the state that the resident purchased while residing outside the US. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC428
Effective Date05/15/2015
SB308 / HB866 Sale of alcoholic beverages at urban park centers.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionBroadens definition of urban park center. Authorizes an urban park center to sell food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, on its premises.
Public ChapterPC446
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB695 / HB760 Alcoholic beverage commission - permits for satellite facilities.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionSpecifies that the alcoholic beverage commission may grant satellite facility permits to up to three wineries or farm wine producers per satellite facility location.
Public ChapterPC451
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB875 / HB936 Allows WillowBrook golf course to serve alcoholic beverages.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionSpecifies that the WillowBrook golf course may grant a franchise for the purpose of providing alcoholic beverages.
Public ChapterPC458
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB1113 / HB1042 Winery may self-distribute a product under certain circumstances.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionRevises law to prevent a winery from having self distributorship and wholesale distribution contract in place at the same time. Also removes cap on the number of cases of wine may be distributed by a self distributing winery within a 100-mile area of the winery.
Public ChapterPC467
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB2245 / HB1677 Denial of application for beer permit.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionRequires the beer board, within 12 months, to give notice that a temporary permit to sell beer outside of city limits has been denied. Clarifies that an applicant who has been refused three times can only apply again after one year, and only if the circumstances have substantially changed.
Public ChapterPC654
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB1784 / HB1786 Wineries to advertise and label certain wines made from apples.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionAllows licensed wineries and farm wine producers to label and advertise wine made from apples as cider, apple cider, or hard cider.
Public ChapterPC687
Effective Date05/01/2016
SB2086 / HB2123 Construction or operation of licensed manufacturer in Pigeon Forge.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionProhibits the construction or operation of any licensed liquor manufacturer or distillery in Pigeon Forge within 1000 feet of U.S. Highway 441.
Public ChapterPC695
Effective Date03/24/2016
SB2089 / HB1996 Gatlinburg - minimum distance between distilleries.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionAuthorizes the city of Gatlinburg to adopt an ordinance imposing a minimum distance, not to exceed 1,000 feet, between distilleries manufacturing distilled spirits.
Public ChapterPC786
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2094 / HB2586 Rules regarding retail sale of alcohol.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Curry Todd
DescriptionPermits businesses applying for retail food store wine licenses to receive certificates of compliance prior to July 1, 2016. Allows wholesalers to solicit orders and sell and deliver wine to any retail food store. Authorizes retail food stores to stock wine so long as the public is notified that none will be sold prior to July 1, 2016. Clarifies that retailers can provide consulting services related to alcoholic beverages. States that alcoholic beverages may be delivered. Clarifies that retailers can have no more than two retail licenses except those who hold more than two licenses prior to the effective date of this act.
Public ChapterPC787
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2396 / HB2304 Blackberry Farms - consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionAllows Blackberry Farms to hold a manufacturer's license or nonmanufacturer nonresident seller permit in addition to holding a license for consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises.
Public ChapterPC791
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2113 / HB2301 Selling of alcoholic beverages at retail food store - requirements.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionRemoves the requirement that a retail food store can only sell alcoholic beverages so long as the premises and the business are separate.
Public ChapterPC830
Effective Date04/21/2016
SB1799 / HB1989 Issuance of self-distribution permits to farm wine permit holders.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionAdds the following restrictions for self-distribution permits issued to farm wine permit holders: (1) total annual wine production must not exceed 50,000 gallons; (2) the winery must not have a distribution contract with a wholesaler if the terms of the contract includes distribution rights for a county that is located within 100 miles of the licensed winery where the wine being distributed has been manufactured, produced, or bottled; (3) may not distribute no more than 3,000 cases of wine on the winery's premises to any licensee holder located within 100 mile of the winery's premises; (4) and the winery shall be responsible for all taxes and records imposed.
Public ChapterPC857
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB913 / HB1276 Sale of alcoholic beverages in certain deluxe theaters.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionAllows the sale of alcoholic beverages and beer for consumption on the premises of certain deluxe theaters.
Public ChapterPC874
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2344 / HB2240 Suspension or revocation of permit to serve alcohol.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionIncreases the amount of fines that may be imposed for the suspension or revocation of a permit to serve alcohol for consumption on the premises. Previously the fine for such an offense was not to exceed $1,500, whereas this bill provides that the fine shall not be less than $1,500 nor more than $10,000. Authorizes the alcoholic beverage commission to impose an additional fine and require employee training in lieu of suspending or revoking a license for licensees with multiple violations. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC898
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2360 / HB2594 Fines for server permit violations.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionPermits the alcoholic beverage commission to impose a fine of up to $500 to server permit holders who violate certain laws or rules or to suspend or revoke the holder's server permit.
Public ChapterPC908
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1469 / HB1735 Consumption of alcohol - premier type tourist resorts.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionAuthorizes the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption at a commercially operated facility that has at least 425 acres with 65 rooms for overnight accommodations and serves at least two meals a day. Specifies that the facility must also be located within the limits of a development which contains a golf course and tennis courts.
Public ChapterPC922
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1766 / HB2520 Holston Hills Country Club authorized to sell alcoholic beverages.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Joe E. Armstrong
DescriptionAllows Holston Hills Country Club in Knox County to serve and sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises.
Public ChapterPC953
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1910 / HB1915 Bessie Smith Cultural Center - sale of alcohol on premises.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. JoAnne Favors
DescriptionAllows Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Hamilton County to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises before and during performances.
Public ChapterPC964
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1937 / HB2018 Historic Rugby - consumption of alcohol on premises.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionRedesignates Historic Rugby from a premier type tourist resort to a historic interpretive center for purposes of consumption of alcohol on premises. Removes references to year round in the description of Historic Rugby.
Public ChapterPC965
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2096 / HB1866 Items a manufacturer may use on premises during tastings.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionSpecifies what items a manufacturer may use when having tastings on premises, including bitters, any garnishes and food items used in the preparation of alcoholic beverages, glassware and other cups used for serving drinks, ice, water, soft drinks, and any other non-alcoholic beverages. Allows manufacturers to rent a portion of their premises for events. Clarifies persons who are permitted to handle and pour product at tastings.
Public ChapterPC976
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB396 / HB634 Sale of alcoholic beverages at retail in unincorporated areas.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionAuthorizes retail sale of alcoholic beverages in unincorporated areas if approved by local option election in countywide referendum. Authorizes county legislative body or county beer board to limit location of retail package stores and how many licenses are issued within unincorporated areas of the county. Specifies that application for alcoholic beverage retail license must include certificate signed by a majority of either the country beer board or county commission. Revises definition of municipality by lowering threshold population from 1000 people to 925 people.
Public ChapterPC1022
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB1879 / HB1994 Delivery services may deliver beer to beer permittees.
CategoryAlcoholic Beverages
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionAllows persons with a delivery service license that are authorized to deliver alcoholic beverages or beer that are sold by a licensed retailer of alcoholic beverages to also deliver beer from beer permittees. Establishes process for applicant for delivery employee license who is initially denied such license to request a hearing. Specifies that an applicant who does not request a hearing after initial denial of license shall not be able to reapply for a delivery employee permit for five years from the application's final denial.
Public ChapterPC1045
Effective Date04/28/2016

Animals & Animal Husbandry - 5


SB561 / HB455 Animals running at large.
CategoryAnimals & Animal Husbandry
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Curtis Halford
DescriptionDeletes obsolete provisions regarding stallions and jackasses running at large.
Public ChapterPC73
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB204 / HB1318 Removes prohibition on disturbing habitat of black vultures.
CategoryAnimals & Animal Husbandry
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Kelly Keisling
DescriptionAllows persons to hunt black vultures under certain circumstances. Prohibits state resources from being used to enforce any prohibition against hunting black vultures in the state.
Public ChapterPC228
Effective Date04/21/2015
SB2332 / HB2189 Animal owners may record inspections of their animals.
CategoryAnimals & Animal Husbandry
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionSpecifies that the owner of any animal that is subject to an inspection for determining compliance with any statutory or regulatory requirement may record the inspection of the animal.
Public ChapterPC628
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1600 / HB2170 Civil liability for injury caused by dog - landowner as harborer.
CategoryAnimals & Animal Husbandry
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionIn regard to civil liability for injury caused by dogs, clarifies that land ownership alone is not enough to qualify a landowner as a regular harborer of a dog even if the landowner gave permission to a third person to keep the dog on the land.
Public ChapterPC662
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1876 / HB1911 Seizure of dogs found to be trespassing.
CategoryAnimals & Animal Husbandry
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionAuthorizes an animal control agency to seize certain dogs found trespassing on the premises of another if the dog is found attacking an animal belonging to the owner of the premises.
Public ChapterPC1013
Effective Date04/28/2016

Banking & Credit - 8


SB336 / HB114 Printing of social security numbers on checks.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Ed Jackson / Rep. Jimmy A. Eldridge
DescriptionProhibits the printing of a social security number on a check in order to receive a benefit, good, service, or other value, unless the person gives permission in writing or the disclosure is authorized or required under state or federal law.
Public ChapterPC127
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB911 / HB1172 Information printed on payment processors' contract with merchants.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Eddie Smith
DescriptionRequires that any payment processor, that contracts with a merchant to supply a device that enables credit card, debit card, or other payment card processing, ensure that the written contract between the payment processor and the merchant provide certain cost and time period information clearly and conspicuously within the written contract.
Public ChapterPC218
Effective Date01/01/2016
SB510 / HB514 Revises the definition of a domestic holding company.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Charles M. Sargent
DescriptionRevises the definition of a domestic holding company regarding credit card state banks. Extends the provisions permitting a domestic holding company to organize a credit card state bank to July 1, 2018.
Public ChapterPC230
Effective Date04/21/2015
SB94 / HB83 Annual supervision fee on credit unions.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionUnder current law, the annual supervision fee on credit unions is assessed against each credit union on a graduated scale in proportion to its assets according to a schedule. This bill revises the manner in which the commissioner of financial institutions assesses the annual supervision fee on credit unions by requiring the commissioner of financial institutions to determine an annual budget for the credit union division attributable to the regulation and examination of credit unions. Requires the budget to be divided among the credit unions and to be assessed to each credit union as a supervision fee. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC241
Effective Date04/24/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC438
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB2550 / HB1547 Definition of what constitutes a private trust company.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionBroadens the scope of "family" for the purpose of a private trust company. Defines "family member" as a designated ancestor and: (1) An individual within the 12th degree of lineal kinship of a designated ancestor; (2) An individual within the 11th degree of collateral kinship of a designated ancestor; (3) A spouse or former spouse of a designated ancestor or of an individual defined as a family member in (1) or (2); and (4) An individual who is a relative of a spouse or former spouse specified in subdivision (3) who is within the 5th degree of lineal or collateral kinship of the spouse or former spouse. Defines "lineal kinship" as direct ancestors and descendants of an individual and defines "collateral kinship" as a relationship that is not lineal, but stems from a common ancestor. Redefines transact a trust business to refer to transactions with a client who is not a "family client." Defines "family client" as: (1) A family member; (2) An organization, foundation, or trust whose primary purpose is not-for-profit or charitable, whether or not tax-qualified; and of which one or more family clients is an organizer, incorporator, officer, member of the governing board, trustee, or donor, alone or in combination with other family clients, of a substantial portion of its assets; (3) The officers, directors, individual trustees and managers of the entity defined in subdivision (2), and their immediate family; (4) An estate of a family client; (5) An inter vivos or testamentary trust established by one or more family clients, whether or not in combination with a third party; (6) An inter vivos or testamentary trust if the noncharitable beneficiaries with vested interests consist of one or more family clients; (7) A family affiliate, its directors, officers, managers, or trustees and their immediate family; and (8) A family services provider. Provides definitions for the terms "family affiliate" and "family services provider." Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC714
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2549 / HB1546 Sharing FBI criminal history background info.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionProhibits the commissioner of financial institutions from using a multi-state automated licensing system to share federal bureau of investigation criminal history background information of any individual other than mortgage loan originators unless authorized by federal law. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC745
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB2337 / HB2256 Pawnbroker Restitution Act.
CategoryBanking & Credit
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Dennis Powers
DescriptionEnacts the "Pawnbroker Restitution Act," which specifies that a pawnbroker shall not be required to relinquish an item to a claimant when such item is believed to be misappropriated or stolen unless the court has ordered the pawnbroker to do so. Requires a claimant, in order to obtain possession of such purchased or pledged goods from the pawnbroker, to notify the pawnbroker by certified mail. Requires ten-day period before a claimant may petition a court or a holding order may be placed on such items. Changes from discretionary to mandatory a law enforcement officer's authority to place a written hold order on such items if there is probable cause to believe the item is stolen or misappropriated.
Public ChapterPC862
Effective Date07/01/2016

Campaigns & Lobbying - 15


SB62 / HB649 Nominating petition for delegate to a national convention.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Leigh Rosser Wilburn
DescriptionLowers number of registered voter signatures required on a nominating petition for a delegate to a national convention of a political party from 100 to 25.
Public ChapterPC20
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB733 / HB817 County election commission using internet electronic filing process.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Barbara W. Cooper
DescriptionRequires county election commissions to notify the secretary of state's division of elections prior to implementing an Internet electronic filing process.
Public ChapterPC177
Effective Date04/16/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC239
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1284 / HB1213 Property rights voting in municipal elections extended.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionAuthorizes municipalities operating under city manager-commission charters to establish, by ordinance, property rights voting in municipal elections.
Public ChapterPC252
Effective Date04/24/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC280
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB597 / HB988 Use of mobile electronic and communication devices at polling place.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionProhibits a county election commission from stopping a voter from using a mobile electronic or communication device at a polling place for informational purposes to assist the voter in making election decisions. Specifies that the county election commission may require that any mobile electronic or communication device be silenced while in use at the polling place. Prohibits the mobile electronic device or communication device from being used for telephone conversations, recording, or taking photographs or videos while inside the polling place.
Public ChapterPC315
Effective Date01/01/2016
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.
Public ChapterPC379
Effective Date04/30/2015
SB137 / HB695 Filling vacancies for seats in general assembly.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionRequires vacant seat in general assembly due to death, withdrawal of a candidate, or other reasons to be filled by members of the party's county executive committee who reside within the district instead of those who represent precincts in the district.
Public ChapterPC484
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB464 / HB505 Requirements for candidates for office of sheriff.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jimmy Matlock
DescriptionRemoves requirement of three years full-time experience as a POST commission certified law enforcement officer or three years full-time experience as a state or federal certified law enforcement officer with training equivalent to that required by POST commission for candidates to qualify for election or appointment to the office of sheriff. Permits a person to challenge a candidate's qualifications for the office of sheriff to the POST commission. Creates a Class A misdemeanor offense for a person who intentionally files a fraudulent challenge of a sheriff candidate's qualifications.
Public ChapterPC508
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1219 / HB681 Requires summary of constitutional amendment on ballot.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. James (Micah) VanHuss
DescriptionRequires a summary of a constitutional amendment to precede the question on the ballot. Requires the summary to be in a clear and coherent manner using words with common everyday meanings. Prohibits the summary from exceeding 200 words in length and shall be written by the attorney general and reporter.
Public ChapterPC579
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1671 / HB1475 Eliminates early voting for elections with no opposition.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Jason Zachary
DescriptionEliminates the early voting period for a special general election under the following circumstances: (1) there is no opposition for any office in the election, (2) there are no write-in candidates that have qualified by filing the appropriate notice and, (3) there are no other items on the ballot.
Public ChapterPC650
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2101 / HB2125 Rutherford County pilot project - convenient voting centers.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionPermits Rutherford County to participate in a pilot project for establishing convenient voting centers for use on election day upon super majority vote of the county election commission. Specifies requirements for convenient voting centers.
Public ChapterPC768
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB1945 / HB1939 Correction of deficient voter registration information.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Tim Wirgau
DescriptionMakes various revisions to election laws such as when a deficient voter registration may be corrected, the timing of delivery of poll books and records to the counting board. Prohibits the appointment of a candidate's spouse on the ballot to serve as a poll watcher.
Public ChapterPC827
Effective Date04/21/2016
SB1626 / HB1742 Establishes an online voter registration system.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionEstablishes an online voter registration system beginning July 1, 2017. Requires the online voter registration system to use a unique identifier, including driver license numbers and social security numbers, for each applicant to prevent unauthorized persons from altering a voter's registration information.
Public ChapterPC936
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2605 / HB2079 Reporting on recognition of minor parties in elections.
CategoryCampaigns & Lobbying
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionRequires the coordinator of elections to file a report with the senate state and local government committee, the house local government committee, and the speakers of the house and senate no later than February 15 of each odd-numbered year detailing the success or failure of a minor party in receiving recognition as a recognized minor party during the previous election cycle.
Public ChapterPC1016
Effective Date04/28/2016

Cemetery & Funeral Services - 6


SB194 / HB163 Board of funeral directors and embalmers requirements.
CategoryCemetery & Funeral Services
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. John Forgety
DescriptionClarifies that the two members of the board of funeral directors and embalmers with a minimum of five consecutive years' experience in this state immediately preceding their appointment must be licensed as funeral directors, embalmers, or both. Requires the authorized representative of the board, while inspecting a crematory facility, to be certified as a crematory operator.
Public ChapterPC161
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB1235 / HB1307 Revisions to cemetery company regulations.
CategoryCemetery & Funeral Services
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionEstablishes various revisions to regulations governing cemetery companies or other entities engaged in the business of selling, leasing, or renting lots, grave spaces, crypts, niches, and burial rights for the interment of deceased persons. Specifies additional requirements towards the maintenance of improvement care trust funds. Requires the commissioner of commerce and insurance to issue audit reports after auditing a cemetery company.
Public ChapterPC288
Effective Date01/01/2016
SB2562 / HB1558 Solicitations from the public for veterans' cemeteries.
CategoryCemetery & Funeral Services
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionProhibits any person working for or representing the department of veterans services from soliciting contributions, donations, or gifts from the public for the benefit of state veterans' cemeteries. Adds other provisions regarding such cemeteries. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC715
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB621 / HB199 Funeral merchandise defined.
CategoryCemetery & Funeral Services
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionDefines funeral merchandise for prearrangement insurance policies as merchandise, whether sold by a funeral establishment, cemetery, or any other individual, partnership, company, corporation, or association, intended for use in the final disposition of a dead human body. Provides that this includes caskets and containers designed to be used in the grave around the casket, commonly known as outer burial containers, burial vaults, grave boxes, and grave liners, but does not include lawn crypts.
Public ChapterPC911
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1480 / HB2436 Local governments' use of funds to rehabilitate abandoned cemeteries.
CategoryCemetery & Funeral Services
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionAuthorizes local governments to use local funds or utilize funds from other sources to rehabilitate or maintain dilapidated or abandoned cemeteries. Current law applies only to counties.
Public ChapterPC924
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2488 / HB2268 Creates task force on funding for community exempt cemeteries.
CategoryCemetery & Funeral Services
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionCreates a nine-member task force to review the funding of community cemeteries and recommend revisions. Requires the task force to report its findings by January 1, 2017, upon which the task force will no longer exist.
Public ChapterPC997
Effective Date04/27/2016

Commercial Law - 13


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.
Public ChapterPC60
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB678 / HB773 Health, educational and housing facility corporations' projects.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionAuthorizes health, educational, and housing facility corporations to finance or undertake projects located outside of this state if the institution for which the project is financed or undertaken has, or in connection with the financing or undertaking has agreed to make, its primary place of business in this state.
Public ChapterPC91
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB316 / HB547 Disclosure of details regarding credit card fees.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionRequires an entity, that contracts directly with a merchant, to provide the merchant with a copy of certain payment card network operating rules applicable to payment card transactions. Requires entity to provide merchant with a schedule of all merchant transaction fees applicable to certain payment card transactions. Imposes a civil penalty of up to $2000 per violation.
Public ChapterPC175
Effective Date03/01/2016
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.
Public ChapterPC221
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1158 / HB776 Authorizes certain protected consumer security freezes.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionAuthorizes 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.
Public ChapterPC282
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB199 / HB225 Cigarette sales - revised definition.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionRedefines "cost of doing business by the retailer" from eight percent of basic costs of cigarettes to retailer to 15 percent of basic costs of cigarettes to retailer.
Public ChapterPC347
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB972 / HB767 Enacts the "For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act."
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionEnacts the "For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act." Requires a for-profit benefit corporation to identify at least one specific public benefit in order to maintain its status. Requires for-profit benefit corporations to consider certain interests, meet certain criteria, and perform certain obligations. Permits for-profit benefit corporations to terminate their status as a for-profit benefit corporation if desired and cease to be subject to this law. (18pp.)
Public ChapterPC497
Effective Date01/01/2016
SB1928 / HB2049 Government Imposter and Deceptive Advertisements Act.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jimmy A. Eldridge
DescriptionProhibits the following acts and practices and declares them to be unfair and deceptive acts: (1) Using or employing in any manner an advertisement for purposes of selling goods or services that simulates a summons, complaint, jury notice, or other court, judicial, or administrative process of any kind; or represents, implies, or otherwise causes a likelihood of confusion that the person using or employing the advertisement is a part of or associated with a unit of any governmental entity, when such is not true; (2) Representing, implying, or otherwise causing a likelihood of confusion that goods or services, advertisement, or offer was sent or distributed by or has been approved, authorized, or endorsed, in whole or in part, by a governmental entity, when such is not true; (3) Using or employing language, symbols, or content, such as emblems, titles, or web sites, that represents, implies, or otherwise causes a likelihood of confusion that goods or services, advertisement, or offer is from a governmental entity, when such is not true; and (4) Failing to disclose on the advertisement when offering items that are available free of charge or at a lesser price from a governmental entity. Sets out specific requirements for such disclosures. Authorizes the attorney general to investigate and issue requests for information regarding potential violations; settle, including negotiating and accepting an assurance of voluntary compliance; and commence litigation, when a violation of this bill has occurred. Provides that if the attorney general sends a written request regarding a violation, failing to timely submit written responses and answers will be considered a failure to cooperate in a consumer protection investigation and thus be considered a violation of this bill.
Public ChapterPC594
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1871 / HB2337 Dissolution of business entities.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jamie Jenkins
DescriptionSpecifies that corporations, nonprofit corporations, and LLCs that have been administratively dissolved by expiration of their period of duration may reinstate within three years by amending its charter or articles to extend its duration or set its duration to perpetual and filing an application. Clarifies that a corporation cannot divert the purpose of charitable property that the corporation holds in trust by amending its bylaws, rather than its charter, without a court order. Makes expiration of a period fixed in the articles of incorporation for an LLC a basis for the secretary of state to commence a proceeding to administratively dissolve an LLC. Under present law, expiration of a period fixed in the articles of incorporation is an event that will automatically cause the LLC to dissolve.
Public ChapterPC688
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2005 / HB1631 Notification regarding unauthorized release of personal information.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionCurrent law requires information holders to disclose any discovered breach of the security of the system to Tennessee residents whose unencrypted personal information may have been acquired by an unauthorized person. Current law does not specify a time frame for notification, but does require that the notification be made in the most expedient time possible and without reasonable delay. This bill revises the notification requirement to require that the disclosure of the breach be made immediately, but no later than 14 days from the discovery or notification of the breach or, in the event the disclosure is delayed due to the needs of law enforcement, no later than 14 days after the law enforcement agency determines that the disclosure will not compromise a criminal investigation. Also specifies that an unauthorized user includes employees of the information holder and that a breach of the security system includes the unauthorized acquisition of all computerized data, whether encrypted or unencrypted
Public ChapterPC692
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB760 / HB586 Approval of transfer of structured settlement payment rights.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRequires an application for approval of a transfer of structured settlement payments rights to be made by the transferee. Permits application to be brought in the county in which the payee resides, where the obligor or annuity insurer has its principal place of business, or in the court or before the administrative authority that approved the structured settlement agreement.
Public ChapterPC795
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB2384 / HB2037 Registration requirements for certain health clubs.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionProvides that a "health club" includes enterprises that operate for the purpose of enjoying or teaching physical skills, activities, and sports such as gymnastics, yoga, dance, aerobics, high intensity interval training and other similar activities. Removes registration requirements. Makes it an offense to accept a down payment for a health club in excess of 30 percent unless the club has a net worth of $250,000 and has had the same ownership for five years. Requires the club to post a bond of $25,000 or to be certified that it has a net worth of $10 million.
Public ChapterPC858
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2109 / HB2105 Review of online gaming to protect consumers.
CategoryCommercial Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionCreates a task force of nine members to review online simulated competitions, including, but not limited to, online fantasy football. Tasks force will recommend any necessary statutory revisions to the consumer protection and criminal laws that should be made to protect consumers when paying to participate in an online simulated competition. Requires the speaker of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the attorney general shall to each appoint three members to the task force.
Public ChapterPC978
Effective Date04/27/2016

Construction - 1


SB127 / HB24 Go Build Tennessee Act.
CategoryConstruction
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionEstablishes the Go Build Tennessee Program, to be administered by a designated corporation, for the purpose of securing funding to promote and foster the development of a statewide program designed to increase career opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students in the construction industry. Provides that the program shall be funded by a Go Build Account within the board of licensing contractors, and the corporation shall have access to the funding for the purpose of performing its duties set forth in this act.
Public ChapterPC500
Effective Date05/20/2015

Corrections - 5


SB84 / HB74 Retaking of prisoners released in error.
CategoryCorrections
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAuthorizes certain judges to issue a warrant for the retaking of a prisoner released in error upon proper showing by the department. Allows the department to act upon the warrant. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC54
Effective Date04/06/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC143
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB2037 / HB2334 Financial incentives to businesses who hire convicted felons.
CategoryCorrections
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Johnny W. Shaw
DescriptionEncourages the department of labor and workforce development, in conjunction with the department of correction, to study and develop a model program that provides financial incentives to businesses to employ persons who have been convicted of a felony. Requires a person employed under the study program to remit an amount from each paycheck to the department of labor and workforce development during the period of participation in the program. Requires both departments to submit a report outlining the program and any other findings and recommendations of the department to the governor and the speakers of both chambers.
Public ChapterPC670
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2536 / HB1534 Sentence reduction credits - high school equivalency credentials.
CategoryCorrections
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAllows an inmate to receive sentence reduction credits for obtaining any high school equivalency credential. Current law only specifies GED. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC794
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2070 / HB2107 Pilot program for prisoners being returned to the community.
CategoryCorrections
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Art Swann
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of mental health and substance abuse services to report to the health and welfare committee of the senate and the health committee of the house of representatives. Specifies the report will contain information concerning the feasibility of a pilot program provided to certain prisoners who are released into the community with transitional services that include mental health services and supports, substance abuse treatment and counseling, health care, and employment and housing supports. Requires the commissioner to consult with the department of correction, the department of labor and workforce development, the bureau of TennCare, and other relevant state agencies and community stakeholders in developing this report.
Public ChapterPC894
Effective Date04/27/2016

Criminal Law - 114


SB74 / HB64 Creation of safety-related information for DCS.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAuthorizes the department of children's services to create a system for reporting safety-related information. Establishes that the identities of individuals, participating in the reporting system, be held confidentially and not subject to discovery or entered into evidence in any civil proceeding. Authorizes disclosure, of participating individual's identities, only as necessary to carry out the purposes of the reporting system. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC21
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB420 / HB258 Report to comptroller on funds spent on drug education and treatment.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. David Byrd
DescriptionDeletes requirement that the governing body of the law enforcement agency responsible for the investigation and arrest that resulted in the drug conviction submit a report to the comptroller on the funds collected and spent on drug education and drug treatment.
Public ChapterPC43
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB111 / HB100 Weight of immediate methamphetamine precursors.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises the limit calculation on the sale of immediate methamphetamine precursors to be based on the overall weight of the product containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or their salts, isomers, or salts of isomers. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC59
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB305 / HB270 Human trafficking- changes the number given to a suspected minor.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRequires a law enforcement officer to provide a minor suspected of prostitution with the telephone number of the Tennessee human trafficking resource center hotline instead of the number to the national hotline.
Public ChapterPC67
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB924 / HB959 No prosecution for possession of drug paraphernalia in certain cases.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionGrants immunity from prosecution for possession of drug paraphernalia for possessing a hypodermic needle or other sharp object if the person alerts a law enforcement officer to the presence of the hypodermic needle or other sharp object on the person, the person's premises, or in the person's vehicle prior to being searched. Clarifies that this immunity from prosecution does not apply to any other drug paraphernalia that may be found during the search.
Public ChapterPC77
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB45 / HB39 Sale of products containing dextromethorphan to minors.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionCreates an offense for the retail sale of products containing dextromethorphan to persons who are under the age of 18 or for the purchase of such products by persons who are under the age of 18; provided that the purchaser is not an emancipated minor. Provides that the violation of selling such products to a minor is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum of: (A) A $100 fine upon a first offense; or (B) A $500 fine upon a second or subsequent offense. A violation of purchasing such products by a minor is a delinquent act. Requires valid government-issued photo identification proving the purchaser is at least 18 years of age as a condition of sale for products containing dextromethorphan. Establishes that this act shall preempt any local ordinance regulating the retail sale of dextromethorphan enacted by a local government entity of this state, and such products shall not be subject to further regulation by such entities. Clarifies that this act does not apply to product containing dextromethorphan if they are sold with a valid prescription.
Public ChapterPC82
Effective Date01/01/2016
SB181 / HB136 Exceptions to the offense of possession of certain firearms.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionCategorizes possession of a machine gun, short-barreled rifle or shotgun, or a firearm silencer in compliance with the National Firearms Act as an exception, rather than a defense, to the offense of possession of a machine gun, short-barreled rifle or shotgun, or firearm silencer.
Public ChapterPC85
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB434 / HB321 Expunged records under certain conditions.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionAllows person to have record expunged after being charged, but not convicted, with a misdemeanor or felony if only convicted of a moving or nonmoving traffic offense in relation to the same criminal conduct or episode as charged offense.
Public ChapterPC89
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC94
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB1315 / HB42 Mandatory sentence requirements for vehicular assault.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionEstablishes minimum sentence requirements for persons convicted of vehicular assault or vehicular homicide as a result of intoxication. Provides that for a first time offense, a mandatory minimum sentence of 48 consecutive hours of incarceration must be imposed. If the person has one prior conviction for an alcohol-related offense, a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 consecutive days of incarceration must imposed; a minimum of 120 consecutive days for two prior convictions; and a minimum of 150 consecutive days for three or more prior convictions. Provides that such persons shall not be eligible for release on probation until the entire minimum sentence has been served.
Public ChapterPC125
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB596 / HB923 Creates the offense of aggressive panhandling.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionProhibits aggressive panhandling by approaching, following, touching, obstructing the path of, or using profane or derogatory language to, person being solicited. Specifies that a first offense is a Class C misdemeanor and a subsequent offense is a Class B misdemeanor.
Public ChapterPC137
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB541 / HB618 Williamson County - solicitation & collection of charitable donations.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jerry Sexton
DescriptionAllows person to assert the affirmative defense of solicitation and collection of charitable contributions to the offense of obstructing a highway or other passageway in Williamson County.
Public ChapterPC138
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB926 / HB1245 Creates offense of vandalism of a retail merchant.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. Andy Holt
DescriptionCreates new offense of vandalism of a retail merchant. Defines key terms and specifies the penalty for the offense.
Public ChapterPC183
Effective Date04/16/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC187
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1215 / HB1255 Certifying the transfer or making of a firearm.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Charles M. Sargent
DescriptionRequires the chief law enforcement officer of a jurisdiction to certify the transfer or making of a firearm, as required by the National Firearms Act, within 15 days if the person is not prohibited from receiving or possessing by law. Permits an applicant to appeal a denial to the circuit court.
Public ChapterPC234
Effective Date04/20/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC240
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB565 / HB575 Crimes regarding structure declared unfit for human occupation or use.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionCreates Class B misdemeanor for violating an order to vacate a structure declared unfit for human occupation or use, and for an owner, manager, or person responsible for a structured declared unfit for human consumption or use to permit or facilitate occupancy of the structure.
Public ChapterPC244
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC245
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB1171 / HB995 Handgun carry permit allowed in parks and recreation areas.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Michael Harrison
DescriptionPermits person with a handgun carry permit to carry a firearm in any park, natural area, nature trail, or other similar public place owned or operated by the state, county, municipality, or instrumentality. Deletes provision allowing local governments to prohibit carrying a firearm in parks by resolution or ordinance. Deletes provision requiring signage informing the public of prohibitions on carrying firearms in public places.
Public ChapterPC250
Effective Date04/24/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC253
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB795 / HB865 Allows minor victims of prostitution to be transported to a shelter.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionAllows law enforcement officers to transport minor victims of prostitution to a shelter care facility designated by the juvenile court judge to facilitate the release of the minor to the custody of a parent or legal guardian.
Public ChapterPC264
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB1377 / HB578 Drug fraud conviction may be expunged.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionAuthorizes a person's public records for a conviction of drug fraud to be expunged in certain circumstances.
Public ChapterPC278
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB700 / HB745 Lifetime handgun carry permit.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. John B. Holsclaw, Jr.
DescriptionCreates a lifetime handgun carry permit with no expiration that entitles the holder to carry any handgun that holder legally owns or possesses. Specifies that application and requirements for a lifetime permit are the same as for any other handgun permit. Sets the application fee for a lifetime permit at $500.
Public ChapterPC281
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB833 / HB838 Assault on correctional officers.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionAdds correctional officers to the group of public servants who may be a victim of aggravated assault who are discharging or attempting to discharge their official duties.
Public ChapterPC283
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB853 / HB880 Requires certain people to register as sex offenders.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionRequires persons convicted of sexual contact with inmates to register as a sexual offender. Allows such persons to petition for termination of registration as a sexual offender three years after termination of active supervision on probation, parole, or another alternative to incarceration, or three years after discharge from incarceration without supervision. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC284
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1084 / HB1225 Annual TBI report on crime to contain demographic data.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Joe Towns Jr.
DescriptionRequires the annual TBI report on crime to include demographic data, including the percentage of suspects, victims, and convicted offenders based on race, gender, age, nationality, and any other appropriate demographic data determined by the director of TBI.
Public ChapterPC287
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB318 / HB287 Scheduling of controlled substances.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises various provisions of law regarding the scheduling of controlled substances and their analogues and derivatives. Revises identifications of drugs categorized in Schedules I–V. (40 pp.) Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC302
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB428 / HB217 Revises definition of strangulation.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Sherry Jones
DescriptionAmends offense of aggravated assault by deleting requirement of intent to cause bodily injury to another in regards to strangulation. Redefines strangulation as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding normal bleeding or circulation of the blood by applying pressure to the throat or neck or by blocking the nose and mouth of another person, regardless of whether that conduct results in any visible injury or whether the person has any intent to kill or protractedly injure the victim.
Public ChapterPC306
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB373 / HB269 Prosecution for certain sexual offenses committed against a child.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionExtends statute of limitations for prosecution of certain sexual offenses committed against children to 25 years after the child turns 18 years old for offenses committed after July 1, 2015.
Public ChapterPC310
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB374 / HB404 Sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionCreates class A misdemeanor offense for sale or offer for sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol for human consumption. Defines certain terms in relation to criminal offense. Specifies certain substances that offense does not apply to.
Public ChapterPC311
Effective Date05/01/2015
SB599 / HB534 Clarifies the definition of "violent juvenile sexual offender."
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. John B. Holsclaw, Jr.
DescriptionClarifies the definition of "violent juvenile sexual offender" to apply when the offender is between the ages of 14 and 18 when the qualifying act is committed.
Public ChapterPC316
Effective Date04/28/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC329
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB531 / HB306 Charge for criminal appearance bond of non-resident.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionAuthorizes professional bondsmen or agent of an insurance company to charge up to 15 percent of the face value of the bond, rather than 10 percent, when making criminal appearance bonds for non-residents.
Public ChapterPC334
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB40 / HB519 Repeals certain laws pertaining to the sale of lumber and produce.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Curtis Halford
DescriptionRepeals the offense of failure to put the name of the grower or packer on a produce container and repeals the offense of failure of a purchaser of timber to obtain a bill of sale from the seller.
Public ChapterPC338
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB280 / HB197 Possession of unlabeled low-THC cannabis oil.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionAllows persons to possess cannabis oil with less than nine-tenths of one percent of THC legally obtained in another state. Creates a Class C misdemeanor offense of possession of unlabeled low-THC cannabis oil without proof it was obtained legally.
Public ChapterPC352
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB638 / HB843 Enacts "Neighborhood Protection Act."
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Antonio Parkinson
DescriptionAuthorizes organized residential entities recognized by state or local law with defined boundaries referenced in the entity's residential charter to seek an injunction or restraining order prohibiting certain offenders from entering the boundaries of the residential area. Sets forth criteria for which an injunction or restraining order may be sought. Specifies that injunction or restraining order is effective for 1 year, unless dissolved or modified by court, and may be renewed upon motion by residential entity to which it was granted.
Public ChapterPC365
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC375
Effective Date05/08/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC380
Effective Date04/30/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC388
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB874 / HB934 Allows use of exploding targets in lawful sporting activity.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionAuthorizes use of an explosive or exploding weapon to create an explosive target for use in a lawful sporting activity. Specifies that it is lawful to possess explosive components to use in the creation of explosive targets for lawful sporting events.
Public ChapterPC397
Effective Date05/08/2015
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 from $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.
Public ChapterPC398
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB932 / HB1173 Illegal drugs - additional synthetic cannabinoids.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Dawn White
DescriptionAdds certain synthetic cannabinoids to the list for which it is an offense to knowingly produce, manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to produce, manufacture, or distribute.
Public ChapterPC401
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1024 / HB962 Minors attending illegal animal fights.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionCreates Class A misdemeanor for a person knowingly causing a minor to attend an animal fight that carries a minimum fine of $1000 and a maximum fine of $2500. Increases second or subsequent conviction for involvement in a cockfight to a Class E felony. Increase penalty for offense of being a spectator at an animal fight to a Class A misdemeanor. Clarifies that the possession of cocks for the purpose of selling or transporting them to a location where possession of cocks is legal must be in accordance with state and federal law.
Public ChapterPC406
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1114 / HB1291 Knowingly killing a police animal.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionSpecifies that knowingly killing a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, or police horse shall be a Class E felony, unless the offense would be a higher classification based on the animal's value, in which case, knowingly killing the animal shall be punished as theft of property.
Public ChapterPC409
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1204 / HB147 TN Animal Abuser Registration Act.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionCreates the Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act. Requires TBI to post a publicly accessible list on its web site of any person convicted of an animal abuse offense including the person's photograph and full name. Requires court clerks to forward a copy of the judgment and other relevant information to TBI within 21 days after the date of judgment. Requires such posting to be available for two years after the first conviction for animal abuse and five years for any subsequent conviction.
Public ChapterPC413
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1234 / HB853 Permits a bondsman to take certain actions without legal counsel.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionPermits a professional bondsman to answer court, surrender a defendant based upon one or more of the grounds set forth in statute, obtain an extension of time, or respond to a court's request for information without obtaining legal counsel. Specifies that documents relating to the assignment of collateral should be delivered to the presiding judge of the judicial district. Sets forth procedures for a surety to deliver an investment certificate to the court to establish or increase the surety's capacity, including the specific forms the bondsman must deliver to the clerk of the court.
Public ChapterPC416
Effective Date05/08/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC433
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB43 / HB268 Allow electronic interception for crimes involving human trafficking.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionAdds offenses of human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and kidnapping to the list of crimes eligible for the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications for evidence.
Public ChapterPC435
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC441
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB187 / HB170 Increased sentence for a crime during an emergency or disaster.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionCreates an enhancement factor, by which the defendant's sentence can be increased, if the defendant knowingly committed the offense within the geographical area, and during the time of, an emergency or disaster.
Public ChapterPC443
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1160 / HB754 Aggravated prostitution - 10 years of supervised probation.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Debra Moody
DescriptionRemoves aggravated prostitution from the crimes for which an offender must register as a sex offender. Requires court to order a person convicted of aggravated prostitution to be on supervised probation for 10 years following release from any confinement imposed.
Public ChapterPC469
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1316 / HB120 Creation of Class C felony offense of aggravated vehicular assault.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionCreates Class C felony of aggravated vehicular assault. Defines aggravated vehicular assault as vehicular assault with certain aggravating factors, such as certain prior convictions for alcohol related offenses and high blood alcohol concentration. Imposes a fine of not less than $5,000 and no more than $15,000 for violation for violation of said felony.
Public ChapterPC477
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB456 / HB134 Transdermal monitoring device as condition of bail agreement.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionEstablishes that if a person is charged with vehicular assault, vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide, and has a prior alcohol-related conviction, the use of a transdermal monitoring device is required as a condition of the person's bail agreement. Authorizes possible exception to the transdermal device requirement for persons with legitimate medical reasons. Allows judge to issue a capias for the person's arrest for violation of bond conditions if the person being monitored violates the conditions of release.
Public ChapterPC490
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB16 / HB275 Addition of TBI agents - training regarding human trafficking.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Charles M. Sargent
DescriptionAuthorizes TBI to employ four additional special agents for the purpose of training other officers and government officials who are directly involved with human trafficking, including the investigation and intake of human trafficking complaints. Directs TBI to develop and provide a course of instruction to other officers and departments in the recognition, detection, and prosecution of human trafficking cases and requires TBI to have the course implemented by January 1, 2016.
Public ChapterPC503
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1182 / HB580 Human trafficking task force administratively attached to TBI.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRequires the human trafficking task force to be administratively attached to the Tennessee bureau of investigation.
Public ChapterPC510
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB679 / HB810 Restrictions on sexual offenders.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionProhibits a sexual offender or violent sexual offender from being alone in a private area with a minor or minors. Defines "alone with" and "private area" for the purpose of the prohibition. Authorizes registration agency, and law enforcement agency with whom offender verified registration, to return required registration information to TBI headquarters by electronic means, as well as by the United States postal service. Defines "social media" for purpose of restrictions on sexual offenders. Requires that, in addition to providing information on offender's email address, offender must provide access and profile information on any social media account or other internet communication platforms or devices that offender uses or intends to use.
Public ChapterPC516
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB800 / HB827 Clarifies the word "detainer."
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionClarifies definition of "detainer" for the purpose of the section as any means of requesting a defendant be returned to the jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, a detainer, habeas corpus, or extradition. Authorizes collection of a bond forfeiture within five years from the date the defendant failed to appear, or the date of the last activity in the case, which is earlier.
Public ChapterPC517
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB1564 / HB1528 Domestic assault, child abuse - eligibility for pretrial diversion.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionExpands the list of defendants not eligible for suspended prosecution and pretrial diversion to include those charged with the offense of domestic assault, child abuse, or child neglect or endangerment.
Public ChapterPC586
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1764 / HB1865 Educational requirements for TBI assistant director and agents.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionRequires the assistant director of the TBI and agents of the TBI to satisfactorily complete a course of study at a department of justice federal drug enforcement agency operated school; if these drug schools are no longer operated by the DEA, agents and the assistant director must attend a drug school selected and approved by the TBI.
Public ChapterPC592
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1966 / HB1777 Minimum confinement for evading arrest.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionRequires a minimum sentence of 90 days in confinement upon conviction for flight from or attempt to elude a law enforcement officer while operating a motor vehicle. Also requires a minimum sentence of 180 days confinement upon conviction for flight or attempt to elude a law enforcement officer if the flight or attempt to elude creates a risk of death or injury to others, including pursuing law enforcement officers.
Public ChapterPC633
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2000 / HB1693 Offense of trafficking for a commercial sex act.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionClarifies that for the offense of trafficking a person for a commercial sex act it is not a defense to prosecution that the intended victim was a law enforcement officer or that the victim is a minor who consented to the act or acts constituting the offense.
Public ChapterPC634
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB774 / HB682 Requirements for signs prohibiting firearms in certain public areas.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. James (Micah) VanHuss
DescriptionRequires the notice prohibiting firearms to be in prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property or building where weapon possession is prohibited. Sets guidelines and requirements for the signs. Requires that existing signs be replaced by January 1, 2018.
Public ChapterPC638
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1667 / HB1750 Carrying of firearm by sheriff or deputy sheriff.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionAuthorizes a sheriff or a deputy sheriff to carry firearms at all times and in all places within Tennessee, on-duty or off-duty, regardless of the officer's regular duties, unless otherwise prohibited by court order, federal law or state law.
Public ChapterPC641
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB1788 / HB1867 Renewal fees charged by bondsman to persons who are not residents.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ed Jackson / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionAuthorizes a professional bondsman or agent of an insurance company to assess the same premium renewal fees for defendants who are not Tennessee residents as for those who are Tennessee residents after the first 12 months of a bond. Authorizes a professional bondsman or agent to accept fees in equal installments and to seek indemnification for costs, in certain instances.
Public ChapterPC658
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB1459 / HB1432 Adds offenses for which aggravated sexual battery is a lesser offense.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionAdds aggravated rape of a child and rape of a child as offenses for which aggravated sexual battery is a lesser included offense.
Public ChapterPC671
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1485 / HB1512 Reporting of missing persons.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionExpands the categories of missing citizens for whom a media alert is sent to include persons with disabilities.
Public ChapterPC682
Effective Date03/24/2016
SB1892 / HB1917 Professional bondsman - reporting of assets and liabilities.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Marc Gravitt
DescriptionChanges from January 15 and July 15 to January 31 and July 31 the dates by which professional bondsman licensed to do business in Tennessee must file with the court clerk a report of the bondsman's assets and liabilities.
Public ChapterPC689
Effective Date03/24/2016
SB1627 / HB1563 Use of deadly force at nuclear power reactor facilities.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionPermits use of deadly force at nuclear power reactor facilities by nuclear security officers if (1) the officers are of the reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury; (2) the danger creating the belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury is real, or honestly believed to be real at the time; and (3) the belief of danger is founded upon reasonable grounds. Expands use of deadly force from category I nuclear facilities to all nuclear power reactor facilities.
Public ChapterPC701
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB1686 / HB1716 Custodial interference as a Class C misdemeanor.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Bud Hulsey
DescriptionRevises definition of custodial interference to include a natural or adoptive parent, step-parent or grandparent detaining the child within this state or removing the child from this state during the noncustodial parent's lawful period of visitation, with the intent to violate the court-ordered visitation or a temporary or permanent judgment regarding visitation with the child. Makes such custodial interference a Class C misdemeanor.
Public ChapterPC725
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1921 / HB1964 Purchasing of firearm by subject of order of protection.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Karen D. Camper
DescriptionRequires the instant check unit of the TBI to contact the agency making an entry of an order of protection into the national crime information center within one day if the subject of the order of protection attempts to purchase a firearm.
Public ChapterPC729
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB2566 / HB2575 Makes various changes to handgun carry permits.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRequires an applicant for a handgun carry permit to submit proof of the successful completion of a department approved handgun safety course within one year of the date of the application. Also extends permit renewals to occur every eight years and lowers the initial application fee from $115 to $100. Makes other revisions to handgun carry permit provisions.
Public ChapterPC736
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB1008 / HB1094 Carrying of firearms by constables.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Timothy Hill
DescriptionPermits constables who have law enforcement powers to carry firearms at all times and in all places in Tennessee where other law enforcement officers are permitted to carry firearms.
Public ChapterPC746
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2043 / HB1429 Prohibits sex offenders from residing in on-campus student housing.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionProhibits persons registered, or required to register, as a sex offender from residing in any public institution of higher education's on campus student housing if: 1) The campus includes a public school, private or parochial school, licensed day care center, other child care facility, public park, playground, recreation center, or public athletic field available for use by the general public; or 2) The campus is within one thousand feet of a public school, private or parochial school, licensed day care center, other child care facility, or public athletic field available for use by the general public.
Public ChapterPC767
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1999 / HB1653 State liability in cases where defendant is determined indigent.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. David Alexander
DescriptionConfers upon state and counties liability for costs and fees in criminal cases where the defendant is determined indigent in all courts and not just courts of record. Requires the department of correction to pay costs and fees owed to a county for a criminal conviction within 60 days of the bill of costs being submitted to the department.
Public ChapterPC782
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2029 / HB1772 Magistrates not authorized to issue forfeiture warrants.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Jason Zachary
DescriptionProhibits a general sessions judge from authorizing a magistrate or judicial commissioner who is not licensed in this state to issue forfeiture warrants.
Public ChapterPC784
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2106 / HB1811 Creates offenses regarding drones and infrastructure facilities.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionCreates the offense of using a drone to fly within 250 feet of a critical infrastructure facility for the purpose of conducting surveillance, gathering information about the facility or electronically recording critical infrastructure data.
Public ChapterPC788
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1991 / HB2131 Higher education employee lawfully storing firearm in car.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionProhibits public post-secondary institutions from taking any adverse action against an employee or student as a result of such person's lawful transportation and storage of a firearm or ammunition in the person's parked motor vehicle located on property owned, used, or operated by the post-secondary institution.
Public ChapterPC806
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB2350 / HB1657 Allows local governments to prohibit smoking on public grounds.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionAllows local governmental entities to prohibit smoking by local ordinance on the grounds of any property owned by the political subdivision.
Public ChapterPC847
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2144 / HB2176 Sets system of reporting marijuana seizures, warrants, settlements.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Timothy Hill
DescriptionRequires the chief officer of each applicable agency to file an annual report with the TBI indicating the number of seizures in the preceding year, how many resulted in forfeiture warrants or settlement agreements, and the total revenue derived from the sale of forfeited property. Requires the TBI to then submit the report to the general assembly by January 31.
Public ChapterPC861
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2395 / HB2389 Enforcement of international law that limits gun rights.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionProhibits law enforcement officers of this state and public funds of the state, or their political subdivisions, from enforcing provisions of international law and treaties that regulate the use, ownership, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories if such a use would constitute a violation of a Tennessee statute, Tennessee common law, or the Tennessee Constitution.
Public ChapterPC864
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB407 / HB464 Denial of inmate's parole for harassing victim.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionSpecifies additional grounds requiring an inmate's parole grant hearing to be denied. Authorizes department to deny parole to an inmate who has made no attempt to improve educational, vocational, or employment skills, has more than one disciplinary infraction while incarcerated that resulted in bodily injury or threatened bodily injury, or is using the parole hearing process to intimidate, harass, or abuse the victim. Allows department to extend next parole eligibility date for longer period if parole is denied due to using parole hearing to harass, intimidate, or abuse the victim.
Public ChapterPC870
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1376 / HB1244 Creates the offense of unlawful exposure.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionCreates the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful exposure, which is committed when a person distributes a private image of the intimate parts of another with the intent to cause emotional distress and the depicted person suffers emotional distress.
Public ChapterPC872
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1189 / HB1252 Handheld vaporizers and vape pens may be drug paraphernalia.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Mike Sparks
DescriptionSpecifies that objects used or intended for use in introducing marijuana concentrates and oil into the human body can be drug paraphernalia. Clarifies and that concentrates and oils are included in the definition of marijuana. Adds vaporizers and vape pens to the list of items that may be considered drug paraphernalia.
Public ChapterPC873
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1477 / HB1424 Reduces the fee for a lifetime handgun carry permit.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Mark Pody
DescriptionReduces the fee for a lifetime handgun carry permit from $500 to $200.
Public ChapterPC875
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB1572 / HB1478 Establishes Class C felony for sixth offense DUIs.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionSpecifies that a fourth or fifth DUI offense shall be sentenced as a felon and serve no less than 150 days and no more than the maximum punishment for a Class E felony. Specifies that a sixth offense DUI shall be sentenced as a felon and serve no less than 150 days and no more than the maximum punishment for a Class C felony offence. Clarifies that past punishments for "prior convictions" remain in place. Defines "prior convictions" and stipulates that they can be convictions in the state and in other jurisdictions, so long as the driver was under the influence of an intoxicant and the conviction occurs after the effective date. Removes Class E felony designation for third or subsequent conviction for simple possession or casual exchange of a controlled substance. Removes mandatory 24-hour litter removal requirement for first DUI offenders. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC876
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2282 / HB1666 Offense of harassment - use of technology.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionUpdates the offense of harassment with respect to the methods by which harassment may occur and broadens the offense to include the methods available through modern technology. Establishes that a person commits harassment if that person intentionally: (1) threatens a specific person by any means of communication with knowledge that the threat will annoy or alarm the recipient; (2) communicates with a person either anonymously, at an hour known to be inconvenient to the person, in an offensively repetitious manner, or without a legitimate purpose, knowing that the communication with annoy or alarm the recipient; (3) communicates with a person that a relative or other person has been injured or killed knowing the communication is false; (4) communicates with a person or transmits or displays an image without legitimate purpose and with a prohibited intent; or (5) threatens to disseminate an image of a person for no legitimate purpose and without that person's consent for certain purposes prohibited under this bill.
Public ChapterPC884
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2279 / HB2102 Expunction of records - cases of mistaken identity.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionDirects a chief of police, sheriff, or district attorney general to petition the court with criminal jurisdiction over an act for the expunction of records relating to any arrest, charge, or indictment based on mistaken identity; requires the court to order expunction of the records without cost to the person. Defines a person who is "mistaken identity" as a person who has been arrested, charged, or indicted for a criminal act and a subsequent investigation has revealed that the person arrested was not the individual the arresting officer believed the person to be.
Public ChapterPC893
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2470 / HB2376 Private institutions may use drones.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Andy Holt
DescriptionSpecifies that it is lawful for a person acting on behalf of either a public or a private institution of higher education to capture an image using an unmanned aircraft in this state for purposes of research. Current law only applies to public institutions of higher education.
Public ChapterPC900
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2238 / HB2425 Issuance of handgun carry permits.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionPermits a resident of Tennessee who is 18 years of age or older who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law to apply for and receive a handgun carry permit.
Public ChapterPC903
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1609 / HB1505 Class E felony vandalism - sentence enhancement.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionIncludes Class E felony vandalism to the list of offenses for which a person's sentence may be enhanced if the offense is committed during the time and place of a declared emergency.
Public ChapterPC934
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1649 / HB1701 False statements in relation to audit by comptroller.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionCreates a Class A misdemeanor offense for supervisors and employees who make false statements related to an audit conducted by or on behalf of the comptroller of the treasury.
Public ChapterPC939
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1663 / HB1448 Sets penalty for unlawful photographing in violation of privacy.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Mike Sparks
DescriptionEstablishes the penalty for unlawful photographing in violation of privacy as a Class D felony instead of it being dependent upon whether or not the photograph has been disseminated to another individual and regardless of the age of the victim. Requires those convicted to register as a sexual offender, regardless of the victim's age or the defendant's dissemination of the photograph.
Public ChapterPC941
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1736 / HB2033 Posting of land to prevent possession of firearms.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionEstablishes that any person or entity who elects to prohibit the possession of firearms by a person authorized to carry a handgun and posts to prohibit the possession of firearms on the property, the posting entity, assumes custodial responsibility for the safety and defense of any handgun carry permit holder harmed while on the posted property for purposes of liability. Specifies responsibility of the person or entity posting for the safety and defense of the permit holder shall extend to the conduct of other invitees, trespassers, employees of the person or entity, vicious or wild animals, and defensible man-made and natural hazards. Stipulates that any injury occurring to handgun carry permit holders such as bodily injury or death, economic loss or expense, property damage or any other compensable loss as the result of conduct occurring on posted property that prohibits firearms shall create a cause of action against the person or entity with the posting. Establishes a two year statute of limitations. Requires notice or signage to state that any permit holder on posted property is under the custodial responsibility of the posting person or entity. Requires plaintiff to show by preponderance of the evidence that (1) the plaintiff was authorized to carry at the time of the incident, (2) the plaintiff was prohibited from carrying a firearm on the property where the incident occurred, and (3) the property was not required to be posted by state or federal law but was posted by choice of the defendant in order to prevail in an action brought under this law.
Public ChapterPC947
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1761 / HB2043 Charges for persons providing prayer instead of medical treatment.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionRemoves provision stipulating a person who provides prayer in lieu of medical or surgical treatment could have legal immunity in regards to the crime of child abuse, neglect, or endangerment solely for that reason.
Public ChapterPC951
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1841 / HB2120 Statute of limitation for aggravated statutory rape.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionExtends the statute of limitation for aggravated statutory rape committed on or after July 1, 2016, to 25 years from the date the victim becomes 18 years of age. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC958
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1859 / HB2026 Offenses that may be expunged - theft of property or services.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionAllows a person who was convicted of a Class D felony for theft of property or services to petition for the charge to be expunged; if the value of the property or services obtained is $1,000 or more, but less than $10,000, and was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years or less for the offense committed on or after November 1, 1989.
Public ChapterPC960
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1891 / HB1953 Arrest on a capias - forfeiture of bond.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
DescriptionProvides that if the defendant who failed to appear pursuant to conditions of a bail bond is arrested on a capias, then the surety on the defendant's forfeited bond will be released. Presently, if a defendant whose release is secured by real estate or sureties does not comply with the conditions of the bail bond, the court having jurisdiction enters an order declaring the bail to be forfeited. The defendant's surety is served upon the forfeiture and a capias is issued for the defendant.
Public ChapterPC963
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1962 / HB1779 Offense of stalking.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRedefines "course of conduct" and "emotional distress." Provides that "unconsented contact" includes enlisting a third party to contact or surveil that person. Adds that stalking may be prosecuted in any county where one or more elements of the offense occur, including any county where the victim felt terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, regardless of whether the defendant was ever actually in that county.
Public ChapterPC969
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2049 / HB2421 Missing citizen alert program.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionEncourages the TBI to develop an activation card for law enforcement use in connection with the missing citizen alert program to help locate missing citizens who have wandered due to dementia or physical impairment. Allows law enforcement agencies to seek assistance from nonprofit organizations.
Public ChapterPC972
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2121 / HB2195 Retailer of smoking paraphernalia must warn minors of prohibition.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRequires a person who disseminates smoking paraphernalia to display either a sign with the international circle and slash symbolizing the prohibition of selling tobacco to minors or another permitted sign stating that state law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC979
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2342 / HB2377 Biological evidence collected for death penalty case.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionRequires all biological evidence collected for a case that results in the defendant being sentenced to death to be preserved until the defendant's execution or completion of sentence. Specifies that the intentional destruction of such biological evidence prior to the defendant's execution or completion of sentence may be handled as criminal contempt.
Public ChapterPC988
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1586 / HB1981 Offense of manufacturing marijuana concentrate.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionCreates the Class E felony offense of manufacturing marijuana concentrate by a process which uses an inherently hazardous substance such as butane, propane, and diethyl ether. Also creates Class A misdemeanor offense of owner or manager of premises knowingly allowing the process to occur on the premises. Makes manufacturing marijuana concentrate by a process which uses an inherently hazardous substance when a child is present aggravated child abuse.
Public ChapterPC1014
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2585 / HB2193 Juvenile court - expunction within 60 days if a case is dismissed.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRequires all court files and records be expunged by the juvenile court within 60 days and the restoration of a person's status if a case is dismissed or an informal adjustment without adjudication is granted. Allows a person adjudicated unruly to petition the juvenile court for expunction.
Public ChapterPC1017
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB35 / HB576 Vehicular homicide involving alcohol - no probation.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionEstablishes that a person who commits vehicular homicide where alcohol was involved may not be eligible for probation.
Public ChapterPC1021
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB593 / HB587 Enhancement factor - robbery of pharmacy under certain conditions.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. David Shepard
DescriptionCreates a new sentencing enhancement factor when the defendant committed the offense of robbery, aggravated robbery, or especially aggravated robbery on the premises of a licensed pharmacy in an effort to unlawfully obtain, sell, give, or exchange a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or other illegal drug.
Public ChapterPC1025
Effective Date01/01/2017
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.
Public ChapterPC1026
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1447 / HB1645 Extends statute of limitations for child abuse and related offenses.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionExtends the statute of limitations for child abuse, child neglect or endangerment, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated child neglect or endangerment to five years after the child reaches 18 years of age for misdemeanors and ten years after the child reaches 18 for a felony offense.
Public ChapterPC1032
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1596 / HB1484 Increases certain distracted driving offenses for bus drivers.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Eddie Smith
DescriptionBroadens the scope of the offense regarding a school bus driver using certain electronic devices while operating a bus with a child on board. Current law only applies to cellular, analog, wireless or digital telephones. This bill expands the scope to include any portable electronic device. Defines "portable electronic device" to include mobile, cellular, analog, wireless, or digital telephone, personal digital assistant, hand-held device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, camera, portable computing device, or GPS system. Specifies that a violation is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a minimum of 30 days confinement and a fine of not more than $1,000. Current law specifies that a violation is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $50.00
Public ChapterPC1036
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1665 / HB1749 Lifetime handgun carry permit for retired law enforcement.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionWaives the application and processing fee required with a lifetime handgun carry permit application for retired federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who retired in good standing as certified by the chief enforcement officer from the organization from which the applicant retired.
Public ChapterPC1037
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB1682 / HB1694 Increases penalty for offense of sexual contact by authority figure.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionIncreases penalty for offense of sexual contact by authority figure from Class A misdemeanor to Class E felony with a mandatory minimum $1,000 fine if the minor is less than 13 years of age at the time of the offense.
Public ChapterPC1038
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1775 / HB2047 Transfers bomb and arson section to TBI.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionTransfers bomb and arson section within the fire prevention division of the department of commerce and insurance to the TBI.
Public ChapterPC1041
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB2424 / HB2370 Increases penalties for assault against correctional officers.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Mike Stewart
DescriptionIncreases the penalty for assault and aggravated assault committed against correctional officers, guards, jailers, or other employees of a penal institution to a Class E felony. Requires the department of correction to provide a report each month detailing the number of assaults in each correctional institution. Requires the report to include training plans that will be implemented to decrease the number of assaults.
Public ChapterPC1052
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB2533 / HB1532 Denial of retired law enforcement officer's application to carry.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionPermits the TN POST Commission to deny a permit application to a retired law enforcement officer if they are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm in TN or any other state or from obtaining a handgun carry permit, or has been convicted of a DUI within five years or two or more times within ten years from the application date. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC1054
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2376 / HB1736 Higher education employees may carry handgun on campus.
CategoryCriminal Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Andy Holt
DescriptionAllows full-time employees of state public colleges or universities to carry a handgun while on property owned, operated, or used by the employing college or university if the employee has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit.
Public ChapterPC1061
Effective Date07/01/2016

Economic Development - 8


SB629 / HB549 Made in Tennessee Act - made permanent.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionMakes the Made in Tennessee Act permanent instead of repealing on January 1, 2016.
Public ChapterPC131
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB998 / HB1039 Revises the Border Region Retail Tourism Development District Act.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises the Border Region Retail Tourism Development District Act to permit municipalities to report the cost of an economic development project within 30 days of the end of each fiscal year. Clarifies that municipalities may disclose the amount of a payment made to a private party even if the payment is derived from sales and use taxes collected from a single parcel of property.
Public ChapterPC405
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1645 / HB1688 PILOT lessee reports to be filed with comptroller.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Gary Hicks
DescriptionRequires that annual PILOT lessee reports and other economic development agreements be filed with the comptroller of the treasury instead of the state board of equalization.
Public ChapterPC588
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB302 / HB1194 Incentives for job creation in tourism districts.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionProvides an alternative to employers who wish to qualify for the jobs tax credit against franchise and excise tax but the job for which they are applying the exemption for is not a permanent position with minimum health care. Establishes that in such a case, a majority of the duties that the job entails must involve adventure tourism; the qualified business must be located in an adventure tourism district; and the job position must be: (a) a permanent employment position created on or after June 1, 2011, providing employment in a qualified business enterprise for at least 12 consecutive months for at least 37.5 hours per week, with or without minimum health care; (b) a seasonal employment position, with or without minimum healthcare; or (c) a part-time employment position, with or without minimum healthcare. Stipulates that for a seasonal or part-time position, the employment shall be counted as half of one job for the purpose of the tax credit.
Public ChapterPC759
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB1728 / HB1692 Authority to waive payments in lieu of taxes made by lessees.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionGrants industrial development corporations the authority to waive payments in lieu of taxes made by lessees if creating municipality formally delegates such authority to corporation. Sets requirement for best interests determination by comptroller and commissioner of economic and community development of any contract resulting in lessee making payments less than amount of taxes otherwise due for a period greater than 20 years plus a three-year construction period.
Public ChapterPC777
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2560 / HB1556 TN Adventure Tourism & Development Act - administration.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRedirects responsibilities originally required of the department of economic and community development under the Tennessee Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act to the department of tourist development. Authorizes the department of tourist development to promulgate rules and regulations in order to effectuate the purpose of the Act, approve what constitutes the best interests of the state when implementing programs developed by the Act, approve the creation of adventure tourism districts, allocate existing resources to adventure tourism districts for promotional support, and provide assistance to encourage the development of adventure tourism within regions of the state where these programs are suitable and high unemployment exists. Establishes that only the department of revenue will be responsible for approval of tax credits for such districts, whereas currently this responsibility also rests with the department of economic and community development. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC845
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2665 / HB2639 Renames the Four Lake regional industrial development.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
DescriptionRenames the Four Lake regional industrial development authority to the Tennessee central economic authority.
Public ChapterPC909
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB750 / HB809 ECD report on the Tennessee job skills program.
CategoryEconomic Development
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
DescriptionRequires the department of economic and community development's annual report to the senate and house finance, ways and means committees on the Tennessee job skills program to also be submitted to the office of legislative budget analysis. Provides that the report may be submitted in electronic format. Broadly Captioned.
Public ChapterPC1027
Effective Date07/01/2016

Education - 116


SB538 / HB420 Temporary superintendent of schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionRemoves obsolete and contradictory language concerning the appointment of temporary superintendents of schools in the likelihood that a county superintendent is inducted into the military service and no person residing within the county qualifies.
Public ChapterPC46
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB87 / HB77 Changes references of vocational education in the code.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionChanges references in the code from vocational education to career and technical education. Alters other vocational-related terminology in the code. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC55
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB109 / HB98 Annual report to inform high school students about DUI fatalities.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of education to develop advisory guidelines directing LEAs to create an annual report to inform high school students about deaths of persons 18 years or younger caused by car accidents involving a driver 18 years or younger who was under the influence of an intoxicant or drug. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC58
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB46 / HB40 Adoption in family life curriculum.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionIncludes informing students about the benefit of adoption as a positive option in family life curriculum.
Public ChapterPC83
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB1229 / HB772 Requirements for budgets of local boards of education.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionRequires local boards of education to provide certain financial information concerning expenditures for lobbying and professional associations in their budgets. Defines lobbying expenditures for the purpose of the requirement to include the information in the budget. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC132
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB359 / HB891 Excusing students for non-school-sponsored extracurricular activities.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Kevin Dunlap
DescriptionAllows a school principal to excuse students for non-school-sponsored extracurricular activities if certain conditions are met. Requires the student to submit to the school documentation of the activity and the parents to submit a written request to the principal at least seven days prior to the student's requested excused absence. Also allows the principal to limit the number and duration of non-school-sponsored extracurricular activities for which excused absences may be granted to a student during the school year.
Public ChapterPC141
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC142
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB119 / HB108 Changes to teacher evaluations.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionCreates Tennessee Teaching Evaluation Enhancement Act. Adds that an LEA is not required to use student state assessment results as the sole factor in employment decisions. Adjusts percentages regarding student growth data generated by administered assessments used in teacher evaluation criteria. Alters teacher tenure and probation provisions. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC158
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB1105 / HB429 Teachers cannot be disciplined for reporting certain issues.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionProhibits a teacher or other educator from being disciplined or discouraged by a principal, school board, local board of education, or other supervisor from reporting inaccuracies, errors, or potentially inflammatory material in textbooks and instructional materials or content to a supervisor, elected official, or parent or guardian of a student. Prohibits teacher or other educator from being asked or required to waive the right to report inaccuracies, errors, or potentially inflammatory material as a condition of gaining or continuing employment.
Public ChapterPC165
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB512 / HB125 Closure of charter schools on the state's 2015 priority list.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionAlters the provision requiring the closure of charter schools at the end of the 2014-2015 school year that are on the state's 2015 priority list. Requires instead that if such charter schools appear on the state's 2017 priority list, or in a year thereafter, they must close at the end of the school year.
Public ChapterPC171
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB837 / HB832 Statutory references to the education committee.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Beth Harwell
DescriptionRevises statutory references to the education committee to conform to the rule change adopted by the house. (21 pp.)
Public ChapterPC182
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB88 / HB78 Revises testing schedule for TCAP.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRemoves the provision requiring the Tennessee comprehensive assessment program testing to be scheduled during a two-week window by the first Monday on or after April 22, and not prior to the completion of 150 days of instruction; authorizes the commissioner of education to establish a schedule for the testing instead. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC184
Effective Date04/22/2015
SB118 / HB107 Revisions to TN Promise Scholarship Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionMake various minor changes to the TN Promise Scholarship Act. Redefines full-time student, gift aid, and semester. Alters provisions concerning enrollment based on the student's academic program and whether the student's medical or personal leave of absence. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC186
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB63 / HB1171 Refusal by local board of education to accept federal funding.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Eddie Smith
DescriptionPermits a local board of education to refuse to accept federal funding for an education program without a penalty being assessed by a state agency or state official.
Public ChapterPC197
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB248 / HB382 Sunset- extends state board of education.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state board of education to June 30, 2019, and requires the board to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC206
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB633 / HB683 Prohibits school from requiring person to disclose firearm ownership.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. James (Micah) VanHuss
DescriptionProhibits school administrator, teacher, or employee from requiring a student or student's parent to provide information on firearm ownership. Prohibits school administrator or other employee from requiring teacher or school employee to provide information on firearm ownership. Prohibits school from using information about firearm ownership that was voluntarily given as a basis for adverse actions against a student, teacher, or school employee, unless ownership or possession is in violation of the law.
Public ChapterPC214
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB976 / HB715 In-state tuition eligibility changes to the Tennessee VETS Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Curtis G. Johnson
DescriptionAuthorizes persons receiving the education benefits of a veteran to qualify for in-state tuition, provided that they meet the same requirements for veterans receiving the benefits. Removes the provision disqualifying dishonorably discharged veterans form in-state tuition eligibility, and alters certain other requirements for maintaining eligibility. Requires the executive director of THEC to convene members from the University of Tennessee and the board of regents systems to develop policies to maximize the academic credit awarded to veterans and military service members for their military experience.
Public ChapterPC219
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB893 / HB1031 Decreases notice that must be provided to a dismissed teacher.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionChanges, from June 15 to May 15, the date on which a board of education or director of schools must notify certain teachers of their dismissal or failure of reelection or assignment to schools for the next school year.
Public ChapterPC232
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1088 / HB904 Denial of licensing for certain principals.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. John Ray Clemmons
DescriptionRestricts the state board from denying licensure for principals based on whether the applicant graduated from a college or university's master program located outside of this state.
Public ChapterPC233
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC251
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB7 / HB6 Deadline for Basic Education Program funding.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionRequires the fiscal capacity of each LEA, for the purposes of allocating BEP funding, to be determined by May 1 of the preceding school year. Prohibits the changing or revising of the fiscal capacity once the LEA has determined it.
Public ChapterPC255
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB285 / HB36 Grading policies involving student TCAP scores.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionRemoves the requirement that local boards of education must include student scores in TCAP subject areas (mathematics, reading/language arts, science and social studies) as a part of the student's grade in that subject area; provides that a local school board may have such a policy if it chooses to do so.
Public ChapterPC256
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB1039 / HB670 Certain institutions to report nonimmigrant student enrollment.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionRequires each higher education institution that accepts nonimmigrant students with an F-1 or M-1 student visa for instruction to submit a report to the department of safety including the number of nonimmigrant students enrolled at the beginning and end of each period of study. Defines institution and period of study for the purpose of the required report. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC260
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB667 / HB830 Requires LEA to teach domestic violence awareness program.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionRequires LEAs, in consultation with the department of education and local law enforcement, to institute at least one domestic violence awareness education program per year for middle and high schools. Requires each program to be developmentally appropriate based on the students' age and maturity level.
Public ChapterPC263
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB882 / HB874 Tenure for teachers working at public charter school.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionRequires that the years of service acquired by a teacher while on a leave of absence to teach at a public charter school be used by the local board to obtain or determine tenure status, provided, however, that when the teacher returns to the original LEA the teacher receives two consecutive years of evaluations demonstrating an overall performance level that is "above expectation" or "significantly above expectations."
Public ChapterPC265
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC266
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB656 / HB1221 Reassignment of student when abuse suspected at school.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Joe Towns Jr.
DescriptionAllows a parent of a child who is suspected of being a victim of child sexual abuse that occurred while the child was under the supervision or care of a public school to request the local board of education immediately reassign that child to another school of the parent's choosing, and requires the local board to reassign the child.
Public ChapterPC286
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB202 / HB650 Tennessee's day of prayer over students.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. John B. Holsclaw, Jr.
DescriptionDesignates the first Thursday in September as Tennessee's day of prayer over students.
Public ChapterPC298
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB334 / HB112 Size of advertisements on school buses.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Ed Jackson / Rep. Jimmy A. Eldridge
DescriptionIncreases the permissible size of advertisements on school buses from 16 inches high and 60 inches long to 36 inches high and 90 inches long.
Public ChapterPC303
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB341 / HB23 Revocation of licenses and certificates for misconduct.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. John Forgety
DescriptionGives the state board of education the authority to make policies concerning the revocation of licenses and certificates for misconduct.
Public ChapterPC304
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB422 / HB260 Procurement of internet, internet connectivity & e-learning services.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRemoves the provision requiring the department of education, when purchasing technology, Internet, Internet connectivity, or e-learning services pursuant to a competitive process prescribed by a request for proposal (RFP), to submit the proposal to the comptroller for approval.
Public ChapterPC312
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB724 / HB659 Allows students to self-administer enzymes for certain illnesses.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Jay D. Reedy
DescriptionPermits a student diagnosed with pancreatic insufficiency or cystic fibrosis to self-manage prescribed enzyme therapy in the manner directed by the licensed healthcare provider without additional assistance or direction.
Public ChapterPC321
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB878 / HB1165 Creation of a higher education foundation investment pool.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionEstablishes the higher education investment pool for the purpose of receiving and investing a participating university or college's money in a fund. Provides that the investment pool shall be managed by the state treasurer, whose responsibilities shall include establishing criteria for participation in the pool, transitioning principal assets into the investment pool and reporting periodically to the participants regarding their investment. Clarifies that principal and income in the investment pool shall not constitute state property nor shall it be commingled with state funds.
Public ChapterPC324
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB1246 / HB834 Released time courses - religious moral instruction.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Dennis Powers
DescriptionRequires local school boards adopt a policy that excuses students from school to attend a released time course in religious moral instruction taught by a sponsoring entity off school property. Clarifies that the entity sponsoring the course shall make attendance records available to the LEA and the local school board, and the entity, and not the LEA, assumes liability for the student during the time the student attends the course.
Public ChapterPC328
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB189 / HB157 Charter school may choose insurance for certain employees.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionPermits the governing body of a charter school to choose the insurance plans offered to the school's teachers and other full-time permanent employees.
Public ChapterPC346
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB537 / HB567 Minimum requirements for graduation - children in custody of DCS.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. John J. Deberry Jr.
DescriptionProhibits an LEA from requiring more than the minimum graduation requirements for students enrolling or transferring in the tenth grade or later who are in the custody of the department of children's services to receive a full diploma.
Public ChapterPC357
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB543 / HB691 Student financial aid programs - barber school, school of cosmetology.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Steve McManus
DescriptionEstablishes that any barber school or school of cosmetology may seek state authorization, for purposes of meeting institutional eligibility requirements for federal student financial aid programs, from THEC under the Postsecondary Education Authorization Act, and will thereafter be subject to the Act's requirements.
Public ChapterPC358
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB588 / HB735 Gives priority schools one year to improve.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionAllows a school that has been classified as a priority school to have one year to address and improve the factors that led to the school being in the bottom five percent before the commissioner can impose various interventions upon the school.
Public ChapterPC361
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB605 / HB646 Creates the Community College Reconnect Grant.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionCreates the Community College Reconnect Grant for independent students seeking to complete an associate of applied science degree. Specifies eligibility requirements. Specifies the meaning of gift aid for purposes of the Wilder-Naifeh Reconnect grant. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC363
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB758 / HB921 Achievement school districts and priority schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionProhibits the placement of a school identified as a priority school in the achievement school district if, after being identified as a priority school, the school: (1) attains a TVAAS lever of 4 or greater, and the director of schools assigns a new principal to the school: (2) the local board of education assigns the students to an LEA school that is not identified as a priority school; or (3) the LEA forms a community consortium under the Tennessee Community Schools Act.
Public ChapterPC390
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1225 / HB1077 Records held by interscholastic sports competition associations.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionExempts records held by a voluntary association that establishes bylaws or rules for interscholastic sports competition for secondary schools in this state from public record laws, provided that the association is not otherwise required by law to provide such bylaws or rules.
Public ChapterPC415
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1163 / HB1035 Reports - driver education and training courses in public schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Billy Spivey
DescriptionRequires the department of education to report on the availability and content of driver education and training courses in public schools to the education committee of the senate and the education instruction and programs committee of the house prior to March 1, 2016.
Public ChapterPC423
Effective Date05/11/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC431
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB299 / HB127 State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionEnacts the "State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Act," for the purpose of authorizing the state's participation in a state authorization agreement in relation to postsecondary distance education. Authorizes the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to enter into the State authorization reciprocity agreement (SARA), to serve as the portal agency for SARA, and to take other necessary and appropriate measures to facilitate the state's participation in the agreement. Provides that complaints filed against a Tennessee SARA institution governed by the state, by a non-Tennessee student residing in a member state, shall be referred to the board of trustees of the University of Tennessee or the board of regents; specifies that such complaints must be concerning a subject matter under SARA and associated provisions. Establishes that similar complaints filed against Tennessee SARA institutions not governed by the state shall be referred to the Tennessee SARA institution indicated in the complaint; provides that if the complaint cannot be resolved by the appropriate SARA institution, then the complaint shall be transferred to the commission, and the commission may attempt to effectuate a settlement.
Public ChapterPC444
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB303 / HB1361 Kindergarten eligibility for pre-k students.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Kent Calfee
DescriptionAuthorizes children who participated in a two-year pre-kindergarten program in the 2013-2014 school year to enter in a kindergarten program in the 2014-2015, or 2015-2016 school years, provided that such children shall be five years of age on or before August 31, 2015.
Public ChapterPC445
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB333 / HB676 In-state tuition for out-of-state students near Shelby County.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Mark White
DescriptionPermits students at the University of Memphis who are residents of another state in a county lying immediately adjacent to Shelby County or who have residences within 30 miles of the university to attend without paying out-of-state tuition.
Public ChapterPC447
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB482 / HB819 Revises where state board of education is required to meet.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionRevises the provision regarding the meeting place for the state board education by providing that the board shall meet at least quarterly, with at least two meeting held in Nashville; previously the board was required to meet quarterly at the state capitol.
Public ChapterPC448
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB1018 / HB1074 Exemptions for the Postsecondary Education Authorization Act of 1974.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Roger Kane
DescriptionExempts education courses that are solely to prepare students for graduate or professional school entrance exams and professional licensure exams from the Postsecondary Education Authorization Act of 1974.
Public ChapterPC465
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB1345 / HB243 Post-secondary institutions to close for Veterans Day.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Dennis Powers
DescriptionRequires all post-secondary public institutions of the University of Tennessee and the board of regents system to close for Veterans Day.
Public ChapterPC482
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB453 / HB946 Establishing new STEM hubs.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionRequires TSIN to establish STEM innovation hubs specifically dedicated to serving the rural areas of the state and in Northwest Tennessee. Requires TSIN to implement STEM leadership training in all STEM innovation hubs. Requires TSIN to make available to all middle schools in the state a curriculum to educate students on the variety and benefits of STEM careers.
Public ChapterPC489
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB461 / HB126 TN Hope Scholarship - eligibility for children of military.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Kevin Brooks
DescriptionAllows a child of a military parent to be eligible for a Tennessee HOPE scholarship if the child is classified as an in-state student at the time of enrollment.
Public ChapterPC491
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB624 / HB945 Allows recipients of HiSET to be used for Hope Scholarship.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionAllows recipients of the HiSET high school equivalency credential to be eligible for a Tennessee HOPE scholarship, provided that they score at least an average of 15 on the test and meet other scholarship requirements. Modifies the requirement for receipt of the Tennessee HOPE scholarship by GED recipients to allow a revised GED test with an average score of at least 170 to be used. Makes various other changes to hope scholarship requirements to allow for the use of the HiSET.
Public ChapterPC495
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC499
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB182 / HB174 Director of schools - authorization to expel for criminal complaint.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionAuthorizes the director of schools to expel or remand a student to an alternative school upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against the student. Requires the director of schools to expel a student upon the conviction of a felony or an admission of guilt to that felony delinquency against the student, if the director determines the student's continued presence would have a substantial detrimental effect on the school. Establishes the notice, hearing, and appeal requirements for students expelled or remanded to an alternative school. Specifies that this act does not require an LEA to enroll a student who is expelled or remanded in an LEA in this state or another.
Public ChapterPC501
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB293 / HB473 TN financial literacy commission annual report.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionRequires the Tennessee financial literacy commission to post its annual report on the web site of the department of the treasury. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC507
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB433 / HB238 Extending the number of years certain school buses may operate.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. David Byrd
DescriptionExtends the allowable number of years for Class A1 or A2 school buses to 15 years of service. Applies only to any specially equipped school manufactured on or after July 1, 2005. Any specially equipped school bus manufactured prior to July 1, 2005 may be in use only until the bus reaches 12 years of service if the bus is a Class A2, and 10 years of service if the bus is a Class A1.
Public ChapterPC529
Effective Date01/28/2016
SB1470 / HB1488 Metro Nashville board of education - meetings by electronic means.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionAllows the Metropolitan Nashville local board of education to conduct meetings by electronic means under the same circumstances as other local boards of education.
Public ChapterPC532
Effective Date02/24/2016
SB1685 / HB1630 Fire drills and safety drill performed by teacher.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionRemoves a teacher's duty to perform fire drills, intruder drills, or any other safety or emergency drills.
Public ChapterPC575
Effective Date03/08/2016
SB484 / HB782 Requires driver education to teach effects of alcohol consumption.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionExpands driver education and training courses in public schools to include an area of instruction dealing with the effects of the consumption of drugs on driving abilities. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC578
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1595 / HB1489 TN School for the Deaf high school in honor of Alan J. Mealka.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionNames the new high school to be constructed for the Tennessee School for the Deaf in honor of Alan J. Mealka.
Public ChapterPC585
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1735 / HB1568 Individualized education account available for certain new students.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Debra Moody
DescriptionExtends the Individualized Education Act to students attending a Tennessee school for the first time instead of just students attending a Tennessee public school for the first time, provided the students also meets other requirements. Allows the department of education to remit funds to individualized education accounts at least quarterly rather than quarterly.
Public ChapterPC620
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1858 / HB1756 Nonrecurring expenditures for priority schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionRequires that, if in any fiscal year a local government appropriates funds for priority schools for nonrecurring expenditures evidenced by a written agreement with the LEA establishing the nonrecurring use of the funds, such funds be excluded from the maintenance of local funding requirements and from any apportionment requirements under the BEP. Also requires such agreement to be subject to review by the department to ensure the nonrecurring nature of the expenditures prior to the agreement taking effect.
Public ChapterPC622
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1992 / HB2071 Training school personnel about suicide prevention.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionRequires the department of education to develop materials for training school personnel about suicide prevention. Requires the department to establish a model policy on suicide prevention. Requires an LEA to adopt its own policy or the model policy on suicide prevention.
Public ChapterPC623
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2256 / HB2130 Expulsion for students convicted of violent felonies.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionRemoves the provisions regarding expulsion and readmission of students charged with or convicted of violent felonies.
Public ChapterPC627
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1927 / HB2010 Legislation related to rights of students and parents posted online.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionRequires department to post on website all laws enacted by the general assembly related to the rights of students and parents or legal guardians. Requires the LEA to provide a link to the list on the web site of the LEA.
Public ChapterPC644
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB2598 / HB1836 Tennessee VETS campuses.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Curtis G. Johnson
DescriptionAllows THEC to designate private nonprofit institutions of higher education as Tennessee VETS campuses.
Public ChapterPC657
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB2186 / HB1905 Policy on use of religion in curriculum and instructional materials.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Matthew Hill
DescriptionRequires each local school board, prior to the 2016-2017 school year to adopt a policy regarding the appropriate inclusion of religion in local curriculum and instructional materials. Requires each LEA to create a syllabus to be made public for grades six through 12 on social studies, science, math, and English language arts courses. Also requires the state board of education to initiate a process for the social studies standards adopted in 2013.
Public ChapterPC660
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB1734 / HB1680 Ex officio members of THEC.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionAllows designees of the comptroller of the treasury, the secretary of state and the state treasurer to serve as ex officio members on THEC. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC666
Effective Date03/31/2016
SB1687 / HB1755 Computer science class to satisfy the fine arts requirement.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionBeginning with the 2016-2017 school year, allows a student to enroll and complete one computer science class to satisfy the fine arts requirement for high school graduation as set by the state board of education.
Public ChapterPC667
Effective Date03/31/2016
SB1983 / HB2148 LEAs to provide students with certain periods of physical activity.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionRequires LEAs to provide students with certain periods of physical activity depending on grade level. Removes 90 minutes of physical activity requirement per week for elementary and secondary school students, but maintains requirement for high school students. Requires the following: (1) For students in kindergarten through grade one, a minimum of three 15-minute periods of non-structured physical activity per day; and (2) For students in grades two through grade six, a minimum of two 20-minute periods of non-structured physical activity at least four days a week. Deletes obsolete reporting requirement.
Public ChapterPC669
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1731 / HB1807 Authorizer fee for charter schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionPermits the state board of education to collect an authorizer fee of up to four percent from charter schools that it authorizes. Specifies that funds from the authorizer fee are to be used exclusively for fulfilling authorizing obligations.
Public ChapterPC673
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2088 / HB1974 Training in the use of AEDs.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionPresent law requires that any public school that obtains an automated external defibrillator (AED) to comply with general requirements that apply to all entities that obtain an AED, including ensuring that expected AED users complete training and demonstrate competence in CPR and the use of an AED through a course of instruction approved by the Tennessee emergency medical services board. This bill adds to present law, by requiring any public school having one or more AEDs to schedule annual AED training for all school personnel. Staff meetings or in-service days for training programs in emergency first aid and CPR may be used, in whole or in part, for the purposes of this bill. The full text of this bill describes the content of the AED training. In addition to training, this bill requires a school having one or more AEDs to conduct an annual CPR and AED drill for school personnel to practice the use of these life saving measures and to evaluate the school's preparedness in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Present law authorizes the state board of education to provide for a program of instruction on CPR techniques commensurate with the learning expectations within the lifetime wellness curriculum for public junior or senior high schools. This bill adds that the program of instruction for CPR for public junior or senior high schools must include AED instruction, if the school has an AED.
Public ChapterPC677
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB300 / HB155 State board of education - grading system for school performance.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionRequires the state board of education to develop a school grading system that assigns letter grades to schools based on their performance on TCAP tests or end-of-course exams, their effect on student growth as indicated by data from the Tennessee value-added assessment system and other measures of student growth, and other indicators of student achievement. Provides that the department of education shall include the school grades on the state report card.
Public ChapterPC680
Effective Date03/24/2016
SB1638 / HB1681 Responsibilities of office of research and education accountability.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Debra Moody
DescriptionRenames the office of education accountability in the office of the comptroller as the office of research and education accountability (OREA), which is the name by which the office has been known for several years. Revises various investigative and reporting responsibilities of the office. Clarifies that the responsibilities of the office are not limited to education-related matters, and that the general assembly or the comptroller, instead of the governor, may assign projects to the office. Deletes some obsolete reporting and study requirements and deletes other provisions regarding non-specific periodic reporting and instead generally establishes the duties and powers of the office. Specifies that the office will be accorded access to and may examine any information, records, books, data, or reports maintained by any agency of this state, whether or not the information is subject to public inspection. Provides that agencies must fully cooperate with the office in providing such access in the performance of the duties of the office, and the office must maintain inviolate any privileged or confidential information so acquired and any record or writing so defined by law. Requires the office to report its findings annually to the general assembly.
Public ChapterPC684
Effective Date03/24/2016
SB1559 / HB1644 Private K-12 institutions must implement handgun carry permit policy.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionRequires the chief administrative officer of a private K-12 school or private college to implement a handgun carry policy that either permits or prohibits a person who has a handgun carry permit from carrying on the grounds or buildings of a private K-12 school or private college. Requires the school to make available and known the handgun carry rules to the students attending the school, the parents or guardians of those students, and the faculty and staff of the school.
Public ChapterPC698
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB1625 / HB1699 Tuition waivers for full-time state employees.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionProvides tuition and fee waivers to full-time state employees for up to four courses, instead of only one, but maintains the limit on no more than four credit hours or 120 clock hours per academic year provided the courses do not coincide.
Public ChapterPC700
Effective Date06/01/2016
SB1899 / HB1485 Changes certain requirements for voluntary pre-k programs.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Mark White
DescriptionRequires an LEA as part of its application for funding and approval of one or more pre-K programs to include (1) a plan for ensuring coordination between voluntary pre-K classrooms and elementary schools within the LEA, with the goal of ensuring that elementary grade instruction builds upon pre-K classroom experiences; (2) a plan for engaging parents and families of voluntary pre-K students throughout the school year; and (3) a plan for delivering relevant and meaningful professional development to voluntary pre-K teachers, specific to ensuring a high quality pre-K experience. Requires LEAs that receive pre-K program approval to utilize the pre-K/kindergarten growth portfolio model approved by the state board of education in the evaluation of pre-K and kindergarten teachers. Requires the office of early learning within the department of education to approve a kindergarten entry screener that LEAs shall administer to all students entering kindergarten beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, to provide educators with baseline information about where their students are when the students enter kindergarten and to provide usable data concerning how well students have been prepared in their preschool experience.
Public ChapterPC703
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB1967 / HB1793 Physical education curriculum report to the general assembly.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. David Byrd
DescriptionBeginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, requires the department of education to evaluate the physical education curriculum in all public elementary, middle, and high schools. Also requires the department to make a yearly report to the general assembly regarding the evaluation of such curriculum.
Public ChapterPC706
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2012 / HB2251 Certain students may taste alcoholic beverages as part of course.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Steve McManus
DescriptionAllows a student, who has completed at least 60 hours of coursework and is taking a required course for a bachelor's degree designed to train industry professionals in the production of fermented or distilled food or beverage products, to taste alcoholic beverages as part of instruction in the required course, under certain circumstances. Clarifies that a license or permit is not required to be held by the qualified academic institution engaging in such activities.
Public ChapterPC709
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2118 / HB2260 Referees and coaches must have criminal background check, fingerprints
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. John Forgety
DescriptionClarifies that those contracted to referee or officiate at interscholastic events to are to submit to criminal background investigations.
Public ChapterPC710
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2508 / HB1419 Changes submission date for LEAs to provide remediation services.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionChanges the date from September 30 to September 1, for each LEA to submit a report to the commissioner of education regarding the remediation services provided to students who fail a portion of any examination required to graduate from high school. Broadly Captioned.
Public ChapterPC712
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2392 / HB2190 Administration of the AP and PSAT/NMSQT examinations - notice.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionRequires schools to provide notice online on the school's website of the dates the school will administer the AP and PSAT/NMSQT examinations. Requires that notice to include: (1) the availability of the AP and PSAT/NMSQT examinations; (2) availability of any financial assistance for low income students to take those examinations; (3) and schools where a home school student may take those examinations.
Public ChapterPC732
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB2117 / HB2261 Membership of the directors of schools association.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. John Forgety
DescriptionOpens membership of the directors of schools association to include school system-wide supervisory staff, principals, and assistant principals; allows membership dues to be set in bylaws instead of constitution.
Public ChapterPC733
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB1708 / HB1506 TN Promise Scholarship - dependents of military parents.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionExtends eligibility for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship to dependents of Tennessee military parents who are stationed outside of the state.
Public ChapterPC750
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1654 / HB1642 Public school teachers as Promise scholarship mentors.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. John Forgety
DescriptionEncourages public school teachers to volunteer to be Promise scholarship mentors by crediting them with one day of in-service for volunteering as mentors and completing all required mentorship tasks. Also encourages retired teachers to be Promise scholarship mentors by granting them one year of eligibility to the state employee discount program for volunteering as mentors.
Public ChapterPC752
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1762 / HB1696 Responsibilities of board of trustees of UT system.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionAmends the powers of the board of trustees for the University of Tennessee. Requires the board to employ a CEO who will serve as the president and to employ CEOs of the individual institutions of the system. Gives the board the powers to confirm the appointment of staff members and to remove officers and employees. Replaces the governor with the board of trustees as the authoritative figure over the president of the university. Provides the board of trustees with the power to appoint an executive director.
Public ChapterPC753
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB2518 / HB1722 Display of American flag on school property.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. Jay D. Reedy
DescriptionRequires the American flag to be displayed on school property and at school events to conform to federal law and requires that the flag be taught in public schools. Requires the local board of education to permit the display of the flag on school property or at a school event so long as it is in accordance with federal law.
Public ChapterPC754
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1900 / HB1931 Incident reports to omit victim's name for bullying reports.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Mark White
DescriptionRequires a principal making a report of a bullying incident to ensure the victim is not identified in the report.
Public ChapterPC757
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2172 / HB2236 Use of public and private funds for community school grants.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Barbara W. Cooper
DescriptionPermits the department of education to use available public funds, in addition to private funds, to make community school grants.
Public ChapterPC770
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2002 / HB1976 LEA policies on harassment, intimidation, bullying.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionPresent law requires each school district to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying. Present law specifies 13 components that must be included in such policies. One of the components that school districts must include in their bullying policies is a procedure for prompt investigation of a report of an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying. This bill instead requires that the policies include a procedure for the prompt and immediate investigation when an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying is reported to the principal, the principal's designee, teacher, or school counselor. The principal or the principal's designee will be required to initiate the investigation and an appropriate intervention within 20 school days of receipt of the report, unless the need for more time is appropriately documented. This bill adds as an additional component that must be included in the policies a procedure for a referral for appropriate counseling and support services for students involved in an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying, when deemed necessary by the principal. The counseling and support services may be conducted by school counseling personnel who are appropriately trained, such as psychologists, social workers, school counselors, or any other personnel or resources available. This bill adds a requirement that a principal, or the principal's designee, who is investigating an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying must immediately inform the parent or legal guardian of a student involved in the act and inform the parents or legal guardians of the availability of counseling and support services that may be necessary. Present law requires each LEA to annually prepare and provide to the department of education a report concerning the number of bullying cases brought to the attention of school officials during the preceding year and the manner in which they were resolved or the reason they are still pending. This bill instead requires that, beginning August 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, each LEA must complete and submit a report to the department of education. The report must be in a format provided by the department and include: (1) The number of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying cases brought to the attention of school officials during the preceding year; (2) The number of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying cases where the investigation supported a finding that bullying had taken place; (3) The number of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying cases not investigated within 20 school days of receipt of the report and the reason the investigation took longer than 20 school days; and (4) The type of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying identified and manner in which the harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying cases were resolved, including any disciplinary action against the student who was harassing, intimidating, bullying, or cyber-bullying. Present law requires the department of education to annually submit a report to the education committee of the senate and the education administration and planning committee of the house updating membership on the number of bullying cases reported statewide, the number of LEAs implementing this part and any other information relating to the subject of bullying and harassment as will be helpful to the committee in establishing policy in this area. Adds that the report must also be submitted to the education instruction and programs committee of the house; include the status of investigations, including disciplinary actions against students; and also address intimidation and cyber-bullying. Encourages each LEA to review their policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying at least once every three years. Each LEA will be required to transmit a copy of any changes in the policy to the commissioner in a timely manner.
Public ChapterPC783
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2504 / HB2592 Contributions to ABLE accounts for students.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Debra Moody
DescriptionAuthorizes the use of individual education account funds for contributions to an achieving a better life experience (ABLE) account for the benefit of a participating student. Deletes requirement that eligibility for ABLE program be limited to state residents and residents of contracting states.
Public ChapterPC793
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1862 / HB1780 Posting of toll free number for child abuse reporting.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionRequires every elementary and secondary school to post the toll-free telephone number operated by the department of children's services to receive reports of child abuse or neglect in a clearly visible location in a public area that is readily accessible to students. Requires the sign to additionally instruct students to call 911 for emergencies and provide directions for accessing the department of children's services' website for more information on reporting abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Public ChapterPC802
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB2098 / HB2147 Recruiting by patriotic societies in schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Rick Womick
DescriptionRequires the principal of a school to allow a patriotic society time to speak with and recruit students to the society during school hours. Specifies that a school give the patriotic society one day at the beginning of each academic year for the society to speak for no more than 10 minutes. Defines "patriotic society" as a group or organization listed in title 36 of the United States Code that is intended to serve young people under twenty-one (21) years of age.
Public ChapterPC807
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB2394 / HB2429 Biannual report regarding nonimmigrant students.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionRequires the report regarding nonimmigrant students that is required from each institution of higher education that accepts students possessing an F-1 or M-1 visa to be submitted on a biannual basis to the department of safety. Also requires the same institutions to submit a historical report that contains information regarding nonimmigrant students.
Public ChapterPC812
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB1431 / HB1407 In-state tuition for children of military parents killed in Tennessee.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionGrants in-state tuition and fees at public higher education institutions to certain dependent children of military parents regardless of place of residency if the military parent perished as the result of a targeted attack that occurred in Tennessee. Requires dependent children satisfy other necessary qualifications for admission into the educational institution to qualify for the grant.
Public ChapterPC820
Effective Date04/21/2016
SB2165 / HB2490 Submission date for annual report on virtual schools.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionChanges the date by which the department of education must submit its annual report on virtual schools, from July 1 to September 1. "Broadly captioned."
Public ChapterPC831
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2447 / HB2409 Change in ownership of a postsecondary proprietary institution.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionSpecifies that, after a change in ownership of a post-secondary proprietary institution, the new owner has ten business days to apply to THEC for authorization to operate. Current law specifies ten days.
Public ChapterPC835
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB513 / HB458 Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionEncourages nonresidential students to obtain meningococcal vaccination but does not require such students to show proof of immunization for admission.
Public ChapterPC841
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2540 / HB1537 Revises certain provisions regarding student assessments.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionReduces the required amount of assessments that public school students must take in order to receive a high school diploma from three to one, to be taken at grade 11. Allows students to be able to retake the assessment one additional time before graduation. Imposes additional information requirements that shall be posted in regard to the assessments, such as how parents can access the items on the student's assessment and answers. Adds that the information shall also be provided for in each school's student handbook or other standard policy guidebook. States that TCAP tests and scores shall be annually released to LEAs, posted on the Department of Education's website, and made available to parents. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC844
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2564 / HB2573 Higher Education Authorization Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionUnder present law, the Post-Secondary Education Authorization Act of 1974 provides a mechanism for certain nonstate operated institutions of higher education receiving authorization to operate in this state. THEC is the entity responsible for establishing the criteria that applicants for authorization to operate must meet. Unless exempted under one of the several exemptions under present law, no person may operate a post-secondary educational institution in this state without first obtaining authorization from THEC. This bill renames the Post-Secondary Education Authorization Act of 1974 to be the Tennessee Higher Education Authorization Act of 2016. revises various provisions of the Act, including adding a mechanism for expedited authorization; and revises one provision under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Act, all as follows: (1) THEC DUTIES: This bill directs the executive director of THEC to reexamine the regulatory function of THEC and its structure, considering specifically, efficiency, adequacy, and overall effectiveness. The executive director is also encouraged to review the current operations, scope of regulation, personnel, and agency resources necessary to effectuate the purposes of the Act. Upon completion of this review, the executive director and THEC must adopt new agency policies that reflect the results of the examination. (2) OPTIONAL EXPEDITED AUTHORIZATION: This bill adds to the Act that degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions accredited by a regional or national institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States department of education may apply annually for an eligibility review and an optional expedited authorization by THEC. Eligibility for optional expedited authorization is available annually to degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions that submit to THEC, among other things, evidence of good-standing and valid institutional accreditation from a regional or national institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States department of education; and documents demonstrating the institution is operating lawfully in the state, and, at a minimum, currently maintaining financial standards and institutional stability deemed acceptable for eligibility in Title IV student federal financial aid programs. Upon receipt of an institution's application, THEC will conduct a detailed review and verification and, upon satisfactory examination of all submitted documentation, will issue this annual optional expedited authorization. If THEC, upon review and consideration of the application, determines the applicant is not eligible and fails to meet the optional expedited authorization criteria, THEC must notify the applicant of its decision to deny the application and set forth the reasons for the denial in writing. Issuance of an annual optional expedited authorization must demonstrate full compliance with the minimum standards established under the Act and fulfill all requirements for the institution's state authorization. Institutions satisfying the requirements and receiving optional expedited authorization will not be subject to any other authorization requirements under the Act, but will remain subject to the Act provisions governing judicial review, fees, student loan contracts, the closing of an institution, and the tuition guaranty fund. An institution receiving optional expedited authorization under this bill must: (A) Timely report to THEC any illegal or unethical conduct by employees, agents, contractors, or third-party service providers related to the delivery of educational programs and services to students, including any corrective action and remedies taken by the institution; (B) Notify THEC, within five business days, of the following: action by an accrediting agency in regard to the institution's accreditation status, including revocation, suspension, probation, warning, or similar action; notice of legal action involving the institution, or its parent entity if applicable, and Tennessee students, including class action lawsuits; utilization by the institution of a letter of credit or a cash management agreement with the United States department of education; or public announcement of investigation by any governmental agency. The institution must notify THEC whether the investigation is related to the institution's academic quality, financial stability, or student or consumer practices; (C) Provide any information requested by THEC necessary to monitor the institution's eligibility for optional expedited authorization; (D) Provide complaint resolution policies and procedures to the institution's students and cooperate with THEC in the investigation or resolution of student complaints; and (E) Provide the following data, subject to THEC's requirements: graduation rates and statistics on credential attainment; gainful employment data; costs of attendance; executed articulation and transfer of credit agreements with other institutions operating in Tennessee; and student default rates. Optional expedited authorization will remain available only to those institutions maintaining the eligibility standards required under this bill, as submitted in the documentation accompanying the institution's annual optional expedited authorization application. THEC must review an issued optional expedited authorization for revocation upon the occurrence of any of the following events: loss or failure to meet any of the listed criteria for authorization; or failure to fulfill the requirements in (A)-(E) above. THEC may revoke optional expedited authorization for just cause. Upon THEC's revocation of any institution's optional expedited authorization, the institution will then immediately be subject to all requirements under the Act, applicable administrative rules, and procedures for issuance of authorization, and must reapply for THEC authorization under the present requirements of the Act. An institution whose optional expedited authorization is revoked by THEC will be ineligible to reapply for optional expedited authorization for at least 24 months from the date of revocation. Authorizes THEC to investigate any signed student complaint involving institutions authorized under this the expedited authorization provisions; however, initial responsibility for the investigation and resolution of complaints will reside with the institution against which the complaint is made. For complaints not resolved at the institutional level, THEC may investigate and coordinate resolution of any student complaint with the assistance of other government agencies, as necessary. Institutions receiving optional expedited authorization will be subject to a flat annual fee, as established by THEC, but will not be subject to any other authorization fees under the Act. Requires THEC to develop and make available to the public on its web site, no later than June 30, 2017, the following information for institutions authorized under the optional expedited authorization procedures: graduation rates and statistics on credential attainment; gainful employment data; costs of attendance; information as to whether academic credits attained are transferable to other institutions operating in Tennessee; and student default rates. (3) RULEMAKING: This bill requires THEC to promulgate rules to effectuate the purposes of the Act. During the rulemaking process, THEC must seek input from institutions not pursuing optional expedited authorization. (4) FEES: Under present law, the fees to be collected by THEC under the Act are set in a schedule in rules; however, present law requires that all fees be stated as a flat fee, with the exception of renewal fees, which must be based upon an institution's annual gross tuition revenues. This bill removes the provision for renewal fees being based on annual gross tuition revenue. This bill specifies that eligible institutions pursuing optional expedited authorization from THEC will be subject to a flat annual fee and will be exempt from all other fees under the Act. (5) MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR AUTHORIZATION: Under present law, two of the minimum standards that an institution must meet under the requirements for authorization of an institution are that the chief executive officer, trustees, directors, owners, administrators, supervisors, staff and instructors are of good reputation and character; and that the student housing owned, maintained, or approved by the institution, if any, is appropriate, safe, and adequate. This bill removes these provisions. Also, present law provides that an applicant for an agent's permit must "be an individual of good reputation and character and must represent only a postsecondary educational institution or institutions that meet the minimum standards and criteria established in the Act." This bill rewrites this provision to instead provide that an applicant for an agent's permit must "represent only post-secondary educational institutions lawfully authorized by the commission to operate in the state." (6) BACKGROUND CHECKS: Under present law, THEC may require as part of the application for initial authorization of a post-secondary educational institution a full set of fingerprints of all owners and directors of the institution to enable a criminal background investigation to be conducted. Present law provides that dissemination of information provided to THEC as a result of this process is governed by federal law. Rewrites the above provisions to instead provide that THEC may require as part of the application for initial authorization of a post-secondary educational institution criminal background checks for all owners and directors of institutions not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States department of education. The results of the background checks will be confidential and not open to public inspection. (7) Present law defines an "agent" for purposes of the Act to mean any person owning any interest in, employed by, or representing for remuneration a post-secondary educational institution, who, by solicitation in any form, enrolls or seeks to enroll a student for education offered by an authorized institution, or offers to award educational credentials, for remuneration, on behalf of the institution for any such purpose. This bill redefines "agent" to mean any person representing a post-secondary educational institution for payment, who solicits in any form and enrolls, or seeks to enroll, a student for education offered by an authorized institution, or offers to award educational credentials, for remuneration, on behalf of any such institution. Persons owning an interest in an institution and the institution's full-time employees and directors will not be considered agents under the Act. (8) FEES UNDER THE STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT ACT: Present law requires that all fees collected pursuant to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Act be deposited in the state treasury and credited to a dedicated THEC account. Specifies that the fees must be used for the administration of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Act (10pp.).
Public ChapterPC868
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2569 / HB2578 Restructures the board of regents.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises provisions governing the structure and management of state higher education institutions that are part of the state university and community college system; revises provisions governing the THEC; and makes other revisions regarding higher education in this state. Transfers government, management and control of the state universities from the board of regents to each individual institution's respective state university board, subject to certain powers and duties maintained by the THEC. The board of regents will maintain control over the state community colleges and state colleges of applied technology under this bill, subject to certain powers and duties relegated to THEC. Provides that during a transition period commencing July 1, 2016, and ending November 30, 2017, the board of regents will maintain performance of the following functions on behalf of the state university boards: data systems, capital project planning and management, and procurement. By November 30, 2017, THEC will solicit and receive requests from the state university boards to assume the performance of these functions. THEC will approve or deny a state university board's request to assume these functions. A state university board will not be permitted to assume the performance of these functions until November 30, 2017. If the board of regents continues to perform the functions related to data systems, capital project planning and management, and procurement after the transition period has concluded, a state university board is not precluded from requesting to assume the performance of these functions at any time after November 30, 2017. Establishes the requirements for each state university board. Establishes the initial, staggered terms for the members. After the initial, staggered terms, terms will be six years, except that the faculty member and nonvoting student member will serve a term of one year. The following individuals are prohibited from serving as a member of a state university board for so long as they hold the office or position: employees of any public institution of higher education, except those faculty members appointed to the board pursuant to this bill; elected or appointed officials; state employees; and members of a governing body for any institution of higher education. Requires all members of a state university board to participate in orientation and informational policy seminars conducted by THEC prior to the first meeting of the board. In subsequent years, all newly appointed members must attend orientation seminars within their first two years of service. Each board will elect from its members a chair and other officers the board deems appropriate. The chair will serve a term of two years. Each board will adopt by-laws and rules for the organization and conduct of its business. Board members will not receive compensation for their services, but will be entitled to reimbursement for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. Establishes other requirements for the boards and the conducting of board meetings, including the requirement that meetings of the boards be made available for viewing by the public over the Internet by streaming video accessible from the respective institution's web site. This bill delineates the powers that each board will have with respect to the institution that it governs. This bill specifies that the boards will manage and initiate capital and real estate transactions; provided, that such transactions are within the scope of a master plan approved by THEC. Each board will approve the operating budget and set the fiscal policy for the university that it governs, but the board of regents will have authority over, and must give final approval to, the operating budget of each university. This bill: (1) Requires all institutions in the state university and community college system and all institutions governed by the UT board of trustees to annually submit to THEC a mission statement; (2) Clarifies that references in the code to students attending a state university "without tuition" means that such students may attend at in-state rates instead of paying out-of-state tuition; (3) Transfers from the state university and community college system to THEC the authority to determine when degree-granting institutions of higher learning have attained the status of a university; (4) Revises the requirements for the at-large appointees to the board of regents. Under present law, 12 public members are appointed to the board of regents, with one each from the nine congressional districts and three at-large from different geographical areas of the state. Under this bill, the at-large appointments may be either residents from different geographical areas of the state or nonstate residents; (5) Requires each institution in the state university and community college system to provide data to THEC for information, assessment, and accountability purposes, to be used in a statewide data system that facilitates the public policy agenda developed by THEC, and to make an annual report on any academic program terminations to the senate education committee and house education administration and planning committee, with a copy of that report being filed with THEC; (6) Specifies that THEC will establish and ensure that all postsecondary institutions in this state cooperatively provide for an integrated system of postsecondary education. This bill requires THEC to guard against inappropriate and unnecessary conflict and duplication by promoting transferability of credits and easy access of information among institutions. This bill also requires THEC to: provide planning and policy leadership, including a distinct and visible role in setting the state's higher education policy agenda and serving as an agent of education transformation; develop and advance the education public policy agenda of the state to address the challenges facing higher education in Tennessee; and develop public consensus and awareness for the Tennessee higher education public policy agenda; (7) Adds a president from a state university in the state university and community college system to the THEC funding formula committee. This bill makes other revisions in regard to the funding formula, and requires THEC to develop a comprehensive strategic financial plan; (8) Requires THEC to approve annually a tuition and fee policy binding upon all state institutions of higher education. The policy will apply only to tuition and fees for students classified as state residents, and will include two approved ranges of allowable percentage adjustment, one for any proposed modification to the current tuition rates and one for any proposed modification to the combined total amount of tuition and all mandatory fees assessed; (9) Requires THEC to establish a formal process for identifying capital investment needs and determining priorities for these investments for consideration by the governor and legislature; (10) Authorizes THEC to convene the membership, leaders, and personnel of each public institution, governing board, or system to ensure a cohesive and coordinated system of higher education public policy; (11) Directs the board of regents and governing boards of state universities to adopt and implement transfer pathway policies; (12) Adds THEC's executive director to the review of state legislative funding requests for public higher education, in addition to those provided for in present law, which are the chancellor of the board of regents and president of the UT system; (13) Clarifies that the membership of the UT board of trustees includes one nonresident member; and (14) Adds the state university boards to the list of state governmental entities exempt from procurements and contracts (37 pp.).
Public ChapterPC869
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1598 / HB1638 Funding for regional schools created by LEAs.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Harry Brooks
DescriptionEstablishes manner of funding for regional schools having a specific focus, such as STEM education that are created by LEAs.
Public ChapterPC882
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2497 / HB1879 Course Access Program Act.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Roger Kane
DescriptionCreates the course access program, under which state resident K-12 students may enroll in certain courses provided by course providers who are authorized by the department of education to offer courses online or in person, including online education providers, public or private elementary or secondary education institutions, education service agencies, post-secondary education institutions, and vocational or technical course providers. Under this bill, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, an eligible participating student, which is a K-12 student that resides in this state, may enroll in course access program courses (discussed below), as determined by the LEA. Specifies that an eligible funded student, which is any eligible participating student who is currently enrolled in a public school, including a public charter school, may enroll in one or two state course access program courses that are made available by the course access program, unless additional courses are approved by the LEA where the student is enrolled. A school may individually approve eligible funded students to take more than two course access program courses. Also, the families of eligible funded students and other eligible participating students may elect to enroll in additional courses exceeding the two-course limitation; such students will be responsible for paying the department or LEA the required tuition and fees for all courses exceeding the two-course limitation. LEAs with students enrolled in the course access program may review the courses in which the student is enrolled to ensure the courses are academically appropriate, logistically feasible, keep the student on track for graduation, and do not extend a student beyond a full-time course load. An LEA may reject a student's course enrollment request if the course enrollment for the student does not comply with these provisions. Authorizes the department of education to enter into a reciprocity agreement with other states for the purpose of authorizing and approving high-quality providers and courses for the course access program and the operation of the course access catalog. Requires the department to submit a report by March 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, on the course access program and the participation of entities to the governor, the speaker of the senate, and the speaker of the house. Requires LEAs to provide students and parents notice regarding the availability of courses and the deadline or deadlines for students to enroll. Specifies that the performance data of students who are enrolled in a course pursuant to this bill will be counted as student achievement data. Establishes requirements for tuition applicable to courses taken through an approved course provider. Among other things, this bill provides that the course provider will receive tuition for each eligible funded student at a fair and reasonable rate to be negotiated by the department and the approved course provider. The tuition will include all required fees and course materials. Also, the course provider will receive payment from the department only for the courses in which an eligible funded student is enrolled. Payment of tuition to all approved course providers will be based upon the student's successful completion of the course and made in accordance with requirements specified in this bill (14 pp.)
Public ChapterPC889
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB514 / HB710 Requires THEC to include certain people in Higher Education Fact Book.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Mark White
DescriptionRequires THEC to include the number of out-of-state students attending each state institutions of higher education, the number of out-of-state students by state or foreign country and the total amount of out-of-state tuition collected by each institution in its annual Tennessee Postsecondary Education Fact Book. Broadly Captioned.
Public ChapterPC910
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1144 / HB1121 Placing of a priority school in an ASD.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionRequires the department of education to list priority schools by county and rank them from highest to lowest in the county when publishing the list of priority schools on the state report card. Prohibits the commissioner from placing a priority school in the achievement school district until all priority schools in the county ranked lower than the school have been placed in the achievement school district.
Public ChapterPC916
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1566 / HB1979 Educational institutions - charitable solicitations.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionSpecifies that educational institutions exempt from registering with the division of charitable solicitations, includes institutions that are approved by the local board of education, the achievement school district, or the state board of education; Authorizes an extension for renewal of registration filings for an organization that has been permitted additional time to file an exempt organization return with the IRS. Specifies that such extension may not exceed 60 days.
Public ChapterPC928
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1584 / HB1983 Eligibility for TN STEP UP scholarship.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionRedefines "eligible post-secondary program" for purposes of the STEP UP scholarship to mean a post-secondary program that has received the Comprehensive Transition and Post-secondary Program designation from the U.S. Department of Education and offered by an eligible post-secondary institution that assists students with intellectual disabilities, who have completed high school, but who need a strong system of education supports and services to access and obtain post-secondary education. Allows eligible students to receive the STEP UP scholarship for up to four years.
Public ChapterPC930
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1695 / HB1665 General assembly merit scholarship - home school students.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionRequires an incoming college freshman, in order to receive a general assembly merit scholarship from a home school program, to enroll in four dual enrollment courses and achieve a 3.0 GPA, participate in a governor's school program and achieve a 3.0 GPA, take two Advanced Placement (AP) exams and score at least a three on both, or take a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test and score at least a 55.
Public ChapterPC943
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1831 / HB2426 Lottery scholarships - quality points for honors courses.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionRequires all LEAs using the uniform grading system for lottery scholarship purposes, and another grading system based on quality points for other purposes, to award additional quality points for honors, national industry certification, statewide dual credit, Advanced Placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, and dual enrollment courses.
Public ChapterPC957
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1864 / HB2489 Teaching of elementary students by nonprofit corporations.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionAuthorizes the commissioner of education to promulgate rules to allow a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to enter a school to teach kindergarten through third-grade students various subjects, including reading comprehension, mathematics, foreign language, and science.
Public ChapterPC961
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2039 / HB2505 TN Promise scholarship - students with learning disabilities.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionAllows a student with a documented learning disability who is unable to take the 12 semester hours as required for the Tennessee Promise scholarship to be eligible for the scholarship provided that the student takes the maximum number of semester hours that is established by the eligible post secondary institution as feasible for the student to attempt.
Public ChapterPC971
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2499 / HB2009 Notice to LEAs regarding reports on pre-K.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionRequires the department of education to notify electronically each LEA when the office of research and education accountability publishes a report pertaining to pre-K-12 education in order that the LEAs may disseminate the report to licensed personnel. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC999
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1373 / HB577 Database of persons certified to drive a school bus.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. G.A. Hardaway
DescriptionRequires county boards of education to submit the names of persons certified to drive school buses to the department of safety in order to be notified when a certified person's driver license is suspended or revoked. Requires child care agencies to submit the names of persons transporting children to the department of safety in order to be notified when the driver license of a person who transports children is suspended or revoked. Provides that a county board of education, upon receiving notification from the department of a suspended driver license, shall suspend the person's certificate to drive a school bus.
Public ChapterPC1008
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2565 / HB2574 Eliminates obsolete provision of TCA concerning BEP.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionDeletes obsolete provisions regarding the BEP. The obsolete provisions deleted read as follows: (1) Effective with the 2004-2005 fiscal year, the dollar value of the BEP instructional positions component will be $34,000 per instructional position. In subsequent fiscal years, the dollar value of the instructional positions component in the BEP will be set in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-3-351; (2) No LEA will receive from the BEP in fiscal year 2004-2005 and in subsequent fiscal years a lesser amount of state funds for instructional salaries, benefits, insurance, and unit costs adjusted for any mandatory increases in these categories and adjusted for any changes in average daily membership, than it received for such purposes in the 2003-2004 fiscal year; and (3) The commissioner of education must provide to each LEA, as appropriate, a state funding plan to transition from prior appropriations pursuant to Chapter 356 of the Public Acts of 2003, to funding under the BEP for the instructional positions component. In developing the plan, the commissioner must consider the applicable local salary schedules for instructional positions, the fiscal capacity of the LEA and the local effort in raising revenue. The department must provide each LEA notice of its obligations and anticipated revenues under the transition plan.
Public ChapterPC1020
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB2249 / HB1751 Carrying of handguns on private school property.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. David Byrd
DescriptionAllows an LEA and the board of directors of a private school to authorize any qualified person to carry a handgun on the grounds of the school. Defines "person" as a school board member, trustee, administrator, employee, independent contractor, volunteer, or other person affiliated with the school. Requires the LEA or board of directors of the private school that permits the carrying of a handgun on school property to determine if he permitted method of carry is open carry, concealed carry, or both. Also allows the LEA and the board of directors of a private school to approve a person to carry a handgun on property or in vehicles owned or operated by the school and at other locations within the control of the LEA or private school while the location or vehicle is being used for educational, recreational or athletic purposes.
Public ChapterPC1049
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2635 / HB2616 Requires an LEA to screen K-2 students for dyslexia.
CategoryEducation
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionRequires the department of education to provide a universal screening tool that screens for characteristics of dyslexia, to be utilized by the LEAs through their existing RTI² framework. Allows a student's parent or guardian to request such screening. Requires the department to provide appropriate professional development for educators in the area of identification of and intervention methods for students with dyslexia. Creates the dyslexia advisory council.
Public ChapterPC1058
Effective Date04/28/2016

Energy & Mining - 1


SB2545 / HB1542 Office of energy programs.
CategoryEnergy & Mining
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRenames the energy division to be the office of energy programs and transfers the office, its powers, and responsibilities to the department of environment and conservation. Transfers the responsibility of developing an emergency liquid fuel allocation program to be implemented by the governor in the event of an energy emergency from the division of energy to the commissioner of environment and conservation. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC743
Effective Date04/07/2016

Environment & Nature - 22


SB68 / HB246 Liability protection to landowners for recreational activities.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionExtends liability protections to landowners who have activities involving sporting clays, shooting sports, and target shooting, including archery and shooting range activities, occurring on their property.
Public ChapterPC53
Effective Date04/06/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC173
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1097 / HB1051 Establishes uniform fox laws in Tennessee.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Tim Wirgau
DescriptionEstablishes uniform fox laws in Tennessee. Permits the act of hunting foxes in Washington County.
Public ChapterPC235
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB92 / HB81 Regulation of petroleum underground storage tanks and waste.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionMakes various changes to the regulation of petroleum underground storage tanks and waste. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC292
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1273 / HB1363 Construction of cages at facilities for holding Class I wildlife.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Kent Calfee
DescriptionRequires cages at facilities for holding Class I wildlife to be constructed and maintained so as to provide sufficient space to allow each animal to make normal postural and social adjustments with adequate freedom of movement.
Public ChapterPC331
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB904 / HB1185 Establishes restitution for certain offenses involving wild game.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionIncrease minimum fines for illegally or improperly killing certain wild game. Establishes that, in addition to fines, the court must order defendant to pay restitution for antlered wild elk and white-tailed deer based on how many points the animal had, or a set amount for a female bear. Requires any hunting license granted to defendant to be revoked until all restitution is paid. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC370
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1064 / HB614 State government to replace trash receptacles with recycle bins.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionRequires the department of general services to encourage all departments of state government to replace existing trash receptacles with recycle bins.
Public ChapterPC407
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1237 / HB1079 Annual permit revisions - hunter education requirements.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionIncreases the number of consecutive years that a person may purchase annual hunting permits from one year to three years to exempt themselves from hunter education requirements.
Public ChapterPC417
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC478
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB1620 / HB1633 Personal watercraft - use of lanyard type engine cutoff switch.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionAllows the operation of personal watercraft without the use of a lanyard type engine cutoff switch if no lanyard was installed on the watercraft at the time of production by the manufacturer.
Public ChapterPC572
Effective Date03/08/2016
SB689 / HB764 Recycling and composting information in annual TDEC report.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Brenda Gilmore
DescriptionRequires that TDEC include information concerning recycling and composting efforts under the state's comprehensive solid waste management plan in its annual report to the governor and general assembly concerning the solid waste management system.
Public ChapterPC607
Effective Date05/01/2016
SB2225 / HB2197 Processing of organic waste as part of state's waste management plan.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Brenda Gilmore
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of environment and conservation to conduct a study to define the processing of organic waste and incorporate the findings and recommendations into the state's comprehensive solid waste management plan.
Public ChapterPC648
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB2520 / HB2566 Soak Creek as Class III scenic river.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionDesignates a portion of Soak Creek beginning in Bledsoe County and ending in Rhea County as a Class III scenic river.
Public ChapterPC713
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2542 / HB1539 Separate accounts for monies collected by each division of department.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of environment and conservation to maintain separate accounts for moneys collected and expended by each division of the department of environment and conservation in administering the following: (1) Laws concerning subsurface sewage disposal; (2) The Tennessee Safe Drinking Water Act of 1983; (3) The Water Environmental Health Act; (4) The Wastewater Facilities Act of 1987; (5) The Radiological Health Service Act; (6) The Medical Radiation Inspection Safety Act; (7) The Tennessee Air Quality Act; (8) The Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act; (9) The Tennessee Hazardous Waste Management Act; (10) The Water Quality Control Act of 1977; (11) Laws concerning water wells; (12) The Safe Dams Act of 1973; (13) Laws concerning the production of oil and gas; and (14) Other fees and charges for departmental services, other than ones related to parks. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC741
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB2543 / HB1540 Rebates against the solid waste disposal tipping fee surcharge.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises eligibility criteria for counties that receive rebates against the solid waste disposal tipping fee surcharge in lieu of a recycling equipment grant from the 11 highest waste generating counties as recorded in the University of Tennessee's solid waste management report to the five most populous counties. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC742
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2544 / HB1541 Proper disposal of used antifreeze, transmission fluid.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionBroadens the scope of the Act to address the proper disposal of used antifreeze, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid (referred to as "other automotive fluids"). Provides for automotive fluid collection centers, which will accept used oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, or power steering fluid. Broadens the scope of used oil collection centers to additionally provide for the collection of other automotive fluids. Provides that an automotive fluid collection center that accepts any other automotive fluid must meet any management standards established by the department. Authorizes the department to develop management standards for the collection of other automotive fluids by automotive fluid collection centers if the department determines that the standards will promote the health and welfare of the public. Authorizes a retailer of any other automotive fluid to request from the department a sign to post on the retailer's premises that informs the public of the importance of the proper collection and disposal of other automotive fluids from do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) and that contains the toll-free number established by the department pursuant to present law through which callers may receive information regarding the locations and operating hours of collection centers. Specifies that present law provisions applicable to used oil collection centers will also apply to automotive fluid collection centers in regard to certain notices, releases, and cleanup. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC771
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2417 / HB1850 Green infrastructure practices to be used in certain sewer systems.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Darren Jernigan
DescriptionAuthorizes the use of green infrastructure practices within areas containing collecting systems designed to convey sanitary sewage and storm water, and clarifies that such practices may be implemented on both public and private property at the discretion of the incorporated city or town.
Public ChapterPC792
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1049 / HB857 Proposed landfill owner to provide notice to nearby property owners.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionRequires a proposed landfill owner to provide notice to persons owning property within a five-kilometer radius, instead of the previous three-mile radius, 15 days in advance of any scheduled hearing. Broadly Captioned.
Public ChapterPC818
Effective Date04/21/2016
SB1690 / HB1503 Deposits into the petroleum underground storage tank fund.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionAdds costs, restitution awards, and other recoveries collected or received by the state pursuant to the Tennessee Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act to the list of items to be deposited into the petroleum underground storage tank fund, regardless of the nature of the recovery. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC877
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1753 / HB1821 Advisory task force to review Asian carp.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Jay D. Reedy
DescriptionRequires the speakers of both houses and the Tennessee fish and wildlife commission to establish an advisory task force to review the detrimental effects of invasive Asian carp and to recommend necessary statutory revisions that should be made to protect waterways and native species of this state from such effects. Provides that the TWRA shall provide administrative support services to the task force. Outlines the organizational structure of the task force.
Public ChapterPC949
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2228 / HB2169 Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1983 - exempt recyclers.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionAdds certain recyclers who are excluded from liability under the Superfund Recycling Equity Act to the list of parties who are exempt from liability under the Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1983.
Public ChapterPC985
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2523 / HB2477 Requires the Great Falls Dam to be reopened.
CategoryEnvironment & Nature
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Kevin Dunlap
DescriptionRequires the Great Falls Dam between White and Warren counties to be reopened.
Public ChapterPC1000
Effective Date04/27/2016

Estates & Trusts - 5


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.)
Public ChapterPC570
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1810 / HB1700 Fiduciary request of court approval to change nature of investment.
CategoryEstates & Trusts
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionGrants the court discretion to waive the requirement that a fiduciary must request court approval for any change in the nature of any investment, if a minimum balance is maintained and other requirements are met. Adds income-producing property to list of approved investments.
Public ChapterPC640
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB1972 / HB1894 Settlement of benefits and estates upon death.
CategoryEstates & Trusts
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
DescriptionIncreases the maximum amount of a life insurance policy from $7,500 to $15,000 in order that a photocopy of a certificate of death, along with certain statements, may constitute proof of death. Authorizes banks and saving and loan associations to pay out all accounts of certain deceased, and checks payable to certain deceased, to certain creditors, surviving spouse or next of kin, and executor as long as the sums do not exceed $15,000 in the aggregate.
Public ChapterPC804
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB2254 / HB2172 Filing of court accountings regarding distributees of residue.
CategoryEstates & Trusts
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionRequires waivers that excuse a personal representative from filing court accountings to be sworn by the distributees of the residue file. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC809
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB1560 / HB1472 Witness signatures for wills.
CategoryEstates & Trusts
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionClarifies that witness signatures affixed to a self-proving affidavit written on a will are to be considered signatures to the will if necessary to prove the will's execution.
Public ChapterPC843
Effective Date04/19/2016

Family Law - 27


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.
Public ChapterPC113
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB76 / HB66 Annual reports on foster children and child care agencies.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionConsolidates department of children's services annual reports for commitment data, foster care, and child care agencies into one report. Specifies that report shall be provided to the judiciary committee of the senate and civil justice committee of the house of representatives every year on or before January 31. Removes the requirement that the department report on the shifting responsibility for children moving from one placement to another. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC178
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB75 / HB65 Regulations involving the rights of adoptive and foster families.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAdds new section that requires the department to release certain information, about children adopted from the department's guardianship, to the adoptive family. Establishes regulations, involving child abuse/neglect, for the foster parent or parents. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC199
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC200
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC202
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB460 / HB1200 Reporting - TN informational clearinghouse on teenage pregnancy.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionRequires only the department of health to report at least once annually to the judiciary committee and the civil justice committee concerning administration of the Tennessee informational clearinghouse on teenage pregnancy.
Public ChapterPC212
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB681 / HB811 Restricts return of child to parent when removed due to drug abuse.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionProvides that, in a private custody case, when a child is removed from custody of parent due primarily to parent's drug abuse, the child cannot be returned to the parent until the parent has complied with certain criteria that demonstrates a commitment to responsible parenting.
Public ChapterPC236
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB697 / HB308 Termination of parental rights - sex trafficking conviction.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Leigh Rosser Wilburn
DescriptionProvides that parental rights may be terminated if a parent or guardian is convicted of the offense of the sex trafficking of children under federal law or under the law of another state. Specifies that the conviction must take place on or after July 15, 2015.
Public ChapterPC237
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1089 / HB218 Custody of child when parent charged with aggravated child abuse.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Lee Harris / Rep. Sherry Jones
DescriptionProhibits court from awarding any form of custody to a parent who is charged with or indicted for aggravated child abuse, child sexual abuse, or severe child sexual abuse. Specifies that a parent being indicted for, or charged with, aggravated child abuse, child sexual abuse, or severe child sexual abuse is a material change in circumstances for the purpose of modifying any existing custody orders.
Public ChapterPC238
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB372 / HB219 Services provided by DCS.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Sherry Jones
DescriptionRequires that all services, not just the focus of the services that are provided by the department of children's services, shall further the best interest of the child. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC242
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB684 / HB704 Permits certain elderly people to petition a court for visitation.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Bud Hulsey
DescriptionPermits a biological or adoptive great-grandparent or the spouse thereof to petition a court for grandparent visitation.
Public ChapterPC247
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB1162 / HB999 The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Steve McManus
DescriptionEnacts "The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act" of 2015. Establishes ABLE program to aid eligible individuals to save money to meet the individual's disability expenses. Authorizes the state treasurer various powers and authorities to carry out objectives of the program. Specifies various limits and regulations to an individual's accounts within the program. Specifies exceptions as to when personal information about an individual's account can be disclosed. (10pp.)
Public ChapterPC470
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB2531 / HB1531 Termination of parental rights of a putative father.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionDefines "putative father" as the biological or alleged biological father of a child who, at the time of the filing of a petition to terminate the parental rights of such person or at the time of the filing of a petition to adopt a child is not a legal parent and: (1) has filed with the putative father registry a statement of an intent to claim paternity of the child at any time prior to or within 30 days after the child's birth and has notified the registry of all address changes; (2) has been specifically identified to the petitioners or their attorney, or to the department, the licensed child-placing agency, or the licensed clinical social worker involved in the care, placement, supervision, or study of the child as the child's father by the child's biological mother in a sworn, written statement or by other information that the court determines to be credible and reliable; (3) has claimed to the child's biological mother, or to the petitioners or their attorney, or to the department, a licensed child-placing agency, or a licensed clinical social worker who or that is involved in the care, placement, supervision, or study of the child that the biological father believes that the biological father is the father of the child; (4) is recorded on the child's birth certificate as the father of the child; (5) is openly living with the child at the time the adoption proceeding is commenced and is holding himself out as the father of the child; or (6) has entered a permanency plan in which the biological father acknowledges paternity of the child. Provides that in adoption cases involving an incarcerated individual, the surrender of rights may be executed before a warden, deputy warden or a notary public, whereas current law limits this option to a warden. Provides that if one of the presumptions regarding what qualifies an individual as a "legal parent" is rebutted pursuant to present law, then the man in question will no longer be a legal parent and no further notice or termination of parental rights will be required of this person. Clarifies that certain grounds for termination of parental rights apply to terminating the rights of the putative father.
Public ChapterPC636
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB2072 / HB1903 Sealing of rights in termination of parental rights case.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionRequires all pleadings and records filed in the chancery and circuit courts to be placed under seal, in regard to termination of parental rights, and not subject to public disclosure, in the same manner as those filed in juvenile court, unless otherwise provided by court order.
Public ChapterPC659
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2553 / HB2572 Revisions to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionMakes several technical revisions to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, including clarifying the effective date. Revises the definition of "initiating tribunal" to mean the tribunal of a state or foreign country from which a petition or comparable pleading is forwarded or in which a petition or comparable pleading is filed for forwarding to another state or foreign country. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC664
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB2071 / HB2052 Notice regarding transfer of child custody or support case.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionIncreases from 15 days from the date a notice to transfer was mailed to 20 days that a nonrequesting party may contest a request to transfer a child custody or support case.
Public ChapterPC668
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2530 / HB1530 Reasonable and prudent parent standard relative to foster children.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionEstablishes the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard. Requires child placing agencies to designate an on-site official who can assist a caregiver and who can determine whether to allow a child to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural and social activities. Prevents the caregiver and child placing agency from being liable if acting as a reasonably prudent parent except when injuries are caused by gross negligence, willful or wanton conduct, or intentional wrongdoing. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC679
Effective Date03/29/2016
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.
Public ChapterPC720
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1819 / HB2443 Filing for child custody - temporary injunctions.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionRequires the following temporary injunctions will to be in effect against both parties when a petition related to child custody is filed, other than a complaint for divorce or legal separation: (1) an injunction restraining and enjoining both parties from voluntarily canceling, modifying, terminating, assigning, or allowing to lapse for nonpayment of premiums, any insurance policy, including, but not limited to, life and health, where such insurance policy provides coverage to a child who is the subject of the custody action, or that names either of the parties or the child as beneficiaries without the consent of the other party or an order of the court; (2) an injunction restraining both parties from harassing, threatening, assaulting, or abusing the other and from making disparaging remarks about the other to or in the presence of any children of the parties or to either party's employer; (3) an injunction restraining and enjoining both parties from hiding, destroying, or spoiling, in whole or in part, any evidence that may be relevant to the custody proceeding, whether electronically stored on computer hard drives or other memory storage devices; and (4) an injunction restraining both parties from relocating any child of the parties outside this, or more than 50 miles from the other parent, without the permission of the other party or a court order pursuant to present law, except in the case of a removal based upon a well-founded fear of physical abuse against either the fleeing parent or the child. Requires an expedited hearing in such case, upon request of the nonrelocating parent to determine the reasonableness of the relocation and to make such other orders as appropriate. Specifies that to the extent that a current valid court order or parenting plan provides protections equal to or greater than those contained in the injunction, that order will apply instead. Provides that injunctions will remain in effect until: (1) a final order in the custody proceeding is entered; (2) petition is dismissed; (3) parties reach agreement; or (4) court modifies or dissolves the injunctions, written notice of which shall be served with the complaint. Specifies that it does not preclude either party from applying to the court for further temporary orders or temporary injunctions.
Public ChapterPC734
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2484 / HB2593 Extends statute of limitations for injuries relating to sexual abuse.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionExtends the statute of limitations for civil actions based on injury or illness resulting from child sexual abuse that occurred when the person was a minor but was not discovered until after the person became an adult to three years from the discovery of the abuse. Defines "discovery" to mean when the injured person becomes aware that the injury or illness was caused by child sexual abuse. Specifies that discovery that the injury or illness was caused by child sexual abuse shall not be deemed to have occurred solely by virtue of the injured person's awareness, knowledge, or memory of the acts of abuse.
Public ChapterPC737
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB2483 / HB2502 Relocation of parent after custody has been established.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionClarifies that a parent who spends intervals of time with a child and who wishes to relocate outside the state or more than 50 miles from the other parent is required to provide notice to the other parent after custody or co-parenting has been established by the entry of a permanent parenting plan or final court order.
Public ChapterPC814
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB2554 / HB1550 Background checks and training required for child care agencies.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises various provisions governing child care agency personnel. Reduces from 36 to 15 the number of substitute hours that must be worked in order for a person with access to children to meet certain disclosure requirements. Adds to the list of persons subject to the such disclosure requirements, a person who is a volunteer and who will serve more than 20 hours per year. Adds administrative registries in any jurisdiction in which the person has resided in the past five years to the registries and lists that will be checked. Adds to the information required on the disclosure form a listing of the residences of the applicant, substitute, volunteer, or resident in the past five years. Requires a child care agency, substitute pool, or staffing agency to notify the department of human services within 30 days of an employee leaving employment. Requires the child care agency to attest on the disclosure form that the person is required to undergo a criminal background check or state registry review and that the person is either a resident or has been selected by the child care agency to fill a position as an employee, substitute, or volunteer who will work directly with children. Clarifies that department must pay the TBI or state contractors providing fingerprinting services the cost of the background check. Under present law, employees of the department's licensing division are also subject to a review by the department of their status on the vulnerable persons registry and the state's sex offender registry, and a review of their status in the department of children's services and the department of human services records of indicated perpetrators of abuse or neglect of children or adults and, if determined necessary by the department, a review of any available juvenile records in juvenile court. This bill adds equivalent administrative registries in any jurisdiction in which the person has resided in the past five years to the items that will be reviewed for such employees. Requires that the criminal history, juvenile records, and administrative registry review required by present law and this bill be completed at least once every five years for employees, substitutes, residents, and volunteers. Requires a child care agency, substitute pool, or staffing agency to immediately notify the department on the same business day of an arrest, pending indictment, or other information regarding a person who is an employee, substitute, volunteer, or resident which places the person within the prohibited categories if the entity knows or reasonably should know of such arrest, pending indictment, or other information. Provides that in such a case the entity must also immediately exclude the person. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC839
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2343 / HB2391 Filing for an order of protection after divorce complaint is filed.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionClarifies that if a person files for an order of protection after a divorce complaint is filed, the court that receives the filing shall order relief; requires rather than authorizes certain relief to be granted in protection orders. Clarifies that relief granted for possession of animals, vacation of the home, and lease or rental fees shall only occur after both the petitioner and respondent have been heard. Clarifies that a victim of sexual assault or stalking shall be granted an order of protection permitting the eviction of the respondent or directing the respondent to provide alternate housing for the victim.
Public ChapterPC865
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2341 / HB2374 Electronic reports and data regarding child protective teams.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionAllows any reports and data regarding child protective teams that is required to be submitted to the senate judiciary committee and the civil justice committee of the house of representatives to be done by electronic means.
Public ChapterPC899
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2567 / HB2576 Public Safety Act of 2016.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAuthorizes a law enforcement officer responding to an incident of domestic abuse to pursue an order of protection on behalf of the domestic abuse victim, regardless of the time of day, whether or not the domestic abuse victim requests the officer to pursue the order, and whether or not an arrest has been made. Requires the presiding judge in each judicial district to make available, at all times outside of the court's normal operating hours, an official authorized to issue an order of protection for officers pursuing such action. Requires that a hearing be held within 15 days of service of the order on the respondent. Revises the punishment for a third or subsequent conviction when the domestic abuse victim is a current or former spouse of the defendant; lives or has lived with the defendant; is dating, has dated, or has or had a sexual relationship with the defendant; or the victim is the adult or minor child of any person in such categories to be a Class E felony, with a mandatory confinement of not less than 90 consecutive days and the defendant will be subject to the additional penalties described above. Revises the penalties for theft of property or services to be a Class A misdemeanor if the value is $1,000 or less, a Class E felony if the value is more than $1,000 but less than $2,500, and a Class D felony if the value is more than $2,500 but less than $10,000. Requires the department of correction, county correctional facilities, and community corrections agencies to perform a validated risk and needs assessment on each felony offender under its supervision or custody upon receipt of the person and at least annually throughout the period of supervision or custody. Imposes restrictions on release eligibility for a person committing the offenses described on or after January 1, 2017. Specifies that no sentence reduction credits authorized under present law may operate to reduce below 70 percent the percentage of sentence imposed by the court such persons must serve before becoming release eligible. Creates a community supervision program for those persons placed on probation or serving a period of parole or post-release from prison or jail. Allows the judge of the court that has jurisdiction of the case to determine the conditions of community supervision. (16pp)
Public ChapterPC906
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1393 / HB1369 Adoption services by DCS available to additional persons.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionRequires 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.
Public ChapterPC919
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2190 / HB2030 Protections for the rights of a ward of a conservator.
CategoryFamily Law
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionEstablishes protections for the rights of a ward of a conservator, including the right to receive communications, visitation, and interaction with other persons. Clarifies that the interaction with other persons, includes the right to receive visitors, telephone calls, or personal mail. Allows a conservator, for good cause shown, to move the court to have restrictions placed on a person's ability to communicate, visit, or interact with a respondent. Requires a conservator to notify a respondent's closest relatives and any person designated by the respondent to be notified when the respondent's residence has changed, when the respondent has been admitted to a medical facility for emergency care or acute care, or when the respondent has been admitted or discharged from a nursing home.
Public ChapterPC1062
Effective Date05/16/2016

 

Government Contracts - 8

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.
Public ChapterPC272
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB978 / HB823 Public works projects requiring a registered architect.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Ron Lollar
DescriptionIncreases, from $25,000 to $100,000, the threshold for public works projects that require a registered architect, registered engineer, or registered landscape architect, and for which the work does not alter the structural, mechanical or electrical system of the project. Broadly Captioned.
Public ChapterPC403
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB831 / HB702 Advertising by local government entities with purchasing authority.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Sabi Kumar
DescriptionAllows any local government entity having centralized purchasing authority with full-time purchasing agent, by resolution or ordinance, to increase threshold for when public advertisement and sealed competitive bids are required in an amount under $25,000. Allows municipal governing bodies to increase, by ordinance, the amount required for public advertisement and competitive bidding from maximum of $10,000 to maximum of $25,000.
Public ChapterPC457
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB589 / HB696 Applicability of sales & use taxes - major procurement contracts.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionRequires major procurement contracts entered into by the state with vendors disclose the obligation of the vendor and vendor's subcontractors to remit sales and use taxes on taxable sales in connection with the contract. Permits a vendor to terminate a major procurement contract with a state agency that does not include such provision in the contract. Defines "major procurement contract" as any good or service costing in excess of $75,000, including major advertising contracts, annuity contracts, consulting services, equipment, and other products and services unique to the functions performed by the state agency, but not including materials, supplies, equipment, and services common to the ordinary operations of the state agency.
Public ChapterPC515
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1621 / HB1674 Residency requirements not allowed for construction contracts.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionProhibits the state or any local government from requiring a company bidding on a state or local construction project to employ individuals who reside within the jurisdiction of the state or local government. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC587
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1940 / HB1992 Notification to procurement if state vendor being investigated.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionRequires vendors who contract with the state to notify the chief procurement officer if the vendor is being investigated by a state agency or law enforcement regarding the vendor's business activity.
Public ChapterPC730
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB377 / HB261 Time period for fiscal review committee to review contracts.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionIncreases the time period the fiscal review committee has to review and comment on noncompetitive contracts.
Public ChapterPC817
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1615 / HB1629 Cooperative purchasing agreements with federal agencies.
CategoryGovernment Contracts
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionAllows any municipality, county, utility district, or other local government to enter into cooperative purchasing agreements with federal agencies.
Public ChapterPC935
Effective Date07/01/2016

Government Organization - 156


SB244 / HB380 Sunset - the office of business enterprise.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the office of business enterprise to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC1
Effective Date03/17/2015
SB260 / HB324 Sunset - traumatic brain injury advisory council.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the traumatic brain injury advisory council to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC2
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB220 / HB328 Sunset - board of claims.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of claims to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC3
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB245 / HB331 Sunset - perinatal advisory committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the perinatal advisory committee to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC4
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB214 / HB337 Sunset - advisory council for education of students with disabilities.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the advisory council for education of students with disabilities to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC5
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB218 / HB339 Sunset - board of alcohol and drug abuse counselors.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of alcohol and drug abuse counselors to June 30, 2019. Clarifies that nominations from professional groups for appointment to the board are permissive.
Public ChapterPC6
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB223 / HB341 Sunset - board of osteopathic examination.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of osteopathic examination to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC7
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB225 / HB342 Board of Trustees of baccalaureate education trust fund program.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of trustees of the baccalaureate education system trust fund program to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC8
SB219 / HB348 Sunset - board of boiler rules.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of boiler rules to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC9
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB240 / HB377 Sunset - medical advisory committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the medical advisory committee to June 30, 2018.
Public ChapterPC10
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB242 / HB378 Sunset - medical payment committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the medical payment committee to June 30, 2018.
Public ChapterPC11
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB252 / HB386 Sunset - TN claims commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee claims commission to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC12
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB262 / HB390 Sunset - West Fork Drakes Creek dam & reservoir interstate authority.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the West Fork Drakes Creek dam and reservoir interstate authority to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC13
Effective Date03/19/2015
SB224 / HB323 Sunset - board of parole.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of parole to June 30, 2018 and requires the board to update the committee concerning the findings in the board's 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC16
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB232 / HB365 Sunset - department of environment and conservation.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of environment and conservation to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC17
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB233 / HB366 Sunset - department of health.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of health to June 30, 2019 and requires the department to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC18
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB160 / HB154 Codifies acts of the 2014 legislative session.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionCodifies the acts of the 2014 legislative session.
Public ChapterPC27
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB213 / HB336 Terminates the advisory committee on women's health.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionTerminates the advisory committee on women's health, with no subsequent wind-down year.
Public ChapterPC30
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB226 / HB350 Sunset - Bureau of TennCare.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the bureau of TennCare to June 30, 2019. Requires the board to report to the Government Operations Joint Evaluation Committee on Judiciary and Government no later than September 20, 2015, to update the Committee on the Bureau's progress in addressing the findings set forth in the December 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC31
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB229 / HB363 Sunset - department of commerce and insurance.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of commerce and insurance to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC32
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB236 / HB353 Sunset-hemophilia advisory committee
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionTerminates the hemophilia advisory committee on the effective date of the act.
Public ChapterPC33
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB241 / HB335 Terminates the medical care and cost containment committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionTerminates the medical care and cost containment committee with no subsequent wind-down year.
Public ChapterPC34
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB254 / HB327 Sunset - TCRS board of trustees.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee consolidated retirement system, board of trustees to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC35
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB255 / HB333 Sunset - council for the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee council for the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC36
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB258 / HB385 Sunset - Tennessee peace officers standards and training commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee peace officers standards and training commission to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC37
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB104 / HB93 Changes references to Workforce Investment Act.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionChanges references of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to the "workforce development program" in the code. Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or disability when making appointments to any board, commission or panel that is administratively attached to the department of labor and workforce development. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC57
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB227 / HB351 Sunset-commission on firefighting personnel standards and education
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the commission on firefighting personnel standards and education to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC62
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB230 / HB325 Sunset-department of correction
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of correction to June 30, 2018. Requires department to report back to the government operations joint evaluation committee on judiciary and government concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC63
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB246 / HB381 Sunset - prevailing wage commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the prevailing wage commission to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC64
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB257 / HB334 Sunset - Tennessee health information committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee health information committee to June 30, 2017. Clarifies that nominations from professional groups for appointment to the committee are permissive.
Public ChapterPC65
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB261 / HB389 Sunset - utility management review board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the utility management review board to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC66
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB478 / HB912 Terminates the Southern growth policies board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionTerminates the Southern growth policies board, with no subsequent wind-down period.
Public ChapterPC72
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB217 / HB338 Sunset - board for professional counselors.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board for professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists to June 30, 2019. Clarifies that nominations from professional groups for appointment to the board are permissive.
Public ChapterPC86
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB237 / HB343 Higher education and technical institutions publication committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionTerminates the higher education and technical institutions publication committee on the effective date of the act.
Public ChapterPC87
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB477 / HB911 Sunset - industrial development division, building finance committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionAdds the industrial development division, building finance committee, to the list of entities that will sunset on June 30, 2015.
Public ChapterPC90
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB221 / HB340 Sunset-board of dispensing opticians.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of dispensing opticians to June 30, 2021. Clarifies that governor can take nominations from interested optician groups when appointing qualified members to the board.
Public ChapterPC96
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB239 / HB376 Sunset - James K. Polk memorial association.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the James K. Polk memorial association to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC97
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB243 / HB379 Sunset - occupational safety and health review commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the occupational safety and health review commission to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC98
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB247 / HB332 Sunset- terminates renal advisory committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionSunsets the renal disease advisory committee.
Public ChapterPC99
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB249 / HB326 Sunset - state board of equalization.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state board of equalization to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC100
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB268 / HB355 Sunset - Delta human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Delta human resource agency to June 30, 2021. Requires representatives of the agency to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC101
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB269 / HB356 Sunset- extends East TN human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the East Tennessee human resource agency to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC102
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB270 / HB357 Sunset - first Tennessee human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the first Tennessee human resource agency to June 30, 2021. Requires representatives of the agency to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC103
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB271 / HB369 Sunset - Mid-Cumberland human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Mid-Cumberland human resource agency to June 30, 2021. Requires representatives of the agency to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC104
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB273 / HB371 Sunset - South Central Tennessee human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the South Central Tennessee human resource agency to June 30, 2021. Requires representatives of the agency to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC105
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB272 / HB370 Sunset - Northwest Tennessee human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Northwest Tennessee human resource agency to June 30, 2021. Requires representatives of the agency to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC106
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB274 / HB372 Sunset - Southeast Tennessee human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Southeast Tennessee human resource agency to June 30, 2021. Requires representatives of the agency to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC107
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB275 / HB373 Sunset - Southwest Tennessee human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Southwest Tennessee human resource agency to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC108
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB276 / HB374 Sunset - Upper Cumberland human resource agency.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Upper Cumberland human resource agency to June 30, 2021. Requires representatives of the agency to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC109
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB401 / HB807 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionDesignates September 18, each year, as "Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day" to bring awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide.
Public ChapterPC111
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB259 / HB345 Sunset - Tennessee state veterans' homes board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee state veterans' homes board to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC128
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB231 / HB364 Sunset - department of education.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of education to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC129
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB427 / HB224 Additional member for Great War Commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Kelly Keisling
DescriptionIncreases the membership of the Great War commission from nine to ten and requires the additional member to be appointed by the governor from a list of persons submitted by the Fentress County Historical Society to honor Sergeant Alvin C. York.
Public ChapterPC139
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB279 / HB362 Sunset - tri-county railroad authority.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the tri-county railroad authority to June 30, 2017.
Public ChapterPC144
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB278 / HB361 Sunset - South Central Tennessee railroad authority.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the South Central Tennessee railroad authority to June 30, 2017.
Public ChapterPC145
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB277 / HB360 Sunset - rail service authorities.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the rail service authorities to June 30, 2017.
Public ChapterPC146
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB267 / HB388 Sunset - Tennessee soybean promotion board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee soybean promotion board to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC147
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB266 / HB359 Sunset - Tennessee dairy promotion committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee dairy promotion committee to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC148
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB265 / HB358 Sunset - pork promotion board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the pork promotion board to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC149
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB264 / HB375 Sunset- extends egg promotion board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the egg promotion board to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC150
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB263 / HB347 Sunset - beef promotion board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the beef promotion board to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC151
Effective Date04/16/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC163
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB251 / HB384 Sunset - Tennessee aeronautics commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee aeronautics commission to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC174
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB215 / HB329 Sunset - advisory council on teacher education and certification.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the advisory council on teacher education and certification to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC190
Effective Date04/22/2015
SB235 / HB352 Sunset - elevator and amusement device safety board
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the elevator and amusement device safety board to June 30, 2016.
Public ChapterPC191
Effective Date04/22/2015
SB198 / HB123 Sunset - elder abuse task force.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionExtends the elder abuse task force from January 15, 2015, to January 15, 2016.
Public ChapterPC203
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB216 / HB346 Sunset - air pollution control board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the air pollution control board to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC204
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB222 / HB349 Sunset - board of ground water management.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of ground water management to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC205
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB250 / HB383 Sunset - state unemployment compensation advisory council.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state unemployment compensation advisory council to June 30, 2018.
Public ChapterPC229
Effective Date04/21/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC259
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB179 / HB636 Revises committee membership positions for fiscal review.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bill Sanderson
DescriptionRequires that the chair and vice chair of fiscal review be composed of one member from the house of representatives and one member from the senate. Requires the chairs to rotate between the senate and house of representatives every two years.
Public ChapterPC297
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB83 / HB73 Commerce and insurance- gaining authority over certain entities.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionTransfers administrative and regulatory responsibilities of beauty pageants and health clubs to the commissioner of commerce and insurance. Specifies that where health clubs are required to maintain satisfactory registration with commissioner for a specified number of consecutive years, satisfactory years under previous consumer affairs division, or a combination of consecutive satisfactory years under both consumer affairs division and commissioner can satisfy requirement. Transfers regulation and administration of bonds posted by credit services businesses and debt-management services to commissioner of commerce and insurance. Authorizes commissioner to prescribe fees for the filing of a bond in an amount not to exceed funds necessary for the administration of the receipt of bond credit services businesses. Broadly Captioned. (10 pp.) Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC339
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB210 / HB344 Continues permanent rules filed with secretary of state.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionContinues permanent rules filed with the secretary of state after January 1, 2014. Specifies that the board of optometry rule 1045-02-.17, relative to the prohibition upon the practice of optometry in or in conjunction with any retail store or other commercial establishment, expire on the effective date of the act.
Public ChapterPC349
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB211 / HB393 Sunset - emergency communications board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the emergency communications board to June 30, 2015.
Public ChapterPC350
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB212 / HB392 Sunset - Tennessee athletic commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee athletic commission to June 30, 2015.
Public ChapterPC351
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB485 / HB471 Transfers administrative responsibilities of board of court reporting
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Ryan 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.
Public ChapterPC355
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB238 / HB368 Sunset - information systems council.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the information systems council to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC385
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1243 / HB1186 Sunset - department of labor and workforce development.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of labor and workforce development to June 30, 2019, and requires the department to report back to the committee concerning the findings in its 2014 single audit report.
Public ChapterPC418
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB941 / HB944 Changes certain duties of the commission on aging and disability.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionChanges certain duties of the commission on aging and disability. Abolishes requirement of commission to initiate an outreach program to medicare-eligible Tennesseans to provide this group of Tennesseans information regarding how to obtain prescription drugs through different programs, ways in which older persons can get prescription drugs at discounted costs, and other obligations the commission has to inform and educate medicare-eligible Tennesseans. Abolishes requirement of commissioner to orchestrate congregate and home meal sites for older persons in the area.
Public ChapterPC461
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB1326 / HB1275 Comptroller restructure representation of local government officials.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionRequires the office of local government in the office of the comptroller to restructure the representation of local government officials, who serve on the policy board of any metropolitan planning organization that is located entirely within this state, by July 1, 2016, and following each decennial census thereafter.
Public ChapterPC479
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB1495 / HB1623 Sunset - statewide advisory board for rehabilitation centers.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the statewide advisory board for rehabilitation centers six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC535
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1498 / HB1620 Sunset - archaeological advisory council.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the archaeological advisory council six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC536
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1500 / HB1618 Sunset - board of appeals for the department of human resources.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of appeals for the department of human resources three years to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC537
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1501 / HB1617 Sunset - board of athletic trainers.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of athletic trainers six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC538
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1505 / HB1613 Sunset - state board of examiners for land surveyors.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state board of examiners for land surveyors five years to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC539
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1506 / HB1612 Sunset - board of medical examiners.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of medical examiners four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC540
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1508 / HB1610 Sunset - board of respiratory care.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of respiratory care six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC541
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1509 / HB1609 Sunset - bureau of ethics and campaign finance.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the bureau of ethics and campaign finance for five years to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC542
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1510 / HB1608 Sunset - Tennessee center for earthquake research and information.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee center for earthquake research and information six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC543
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1511 / HB1607 Sunset - TN commission on aging and disability.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee commission on aging and disability four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC544
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1512 / HB1606 Sunset - committee for clinical perfusionists.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the committee for clinical perfusionists four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC545
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1513 / HB1605 Sunset- controlled substance database advisory committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the controlled substance database advisory committee two years to June 30, 2018. Requires the committee to appear before the government operations joint evaluation committee on education, health and general welfare no later than November 18, 2016, to provide an update on the advisory committee's progress in addressing the findings set forth in the October 2015 performance audit report issued by the division of state audit.
Public ChapterPC546
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1514 / HB1604 Sunset - council of certified professional midwifery.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the council of certified professional midwifery six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC547
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1519 / HB1599 Sunset - Doe Mountain recreation authority.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Doe Mountain recreation authority two years to June 30, 2018.
Public ChapterPC548
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1520 / HB1598 Sunset - Douglas Henry state museum commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Douglas Henry state museum commission four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC549
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1522 / HB1596 Sunset - employee suggestion award board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the employee suggestion award board three years to June 30, 2019.
Public ChapterPC550
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1523 / HB1595 Sunset - Great Smoky Mountains Park commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Great Smoky Mountains Park commission six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC551
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1524 / HB1594 Sunset - interstate compact on mental health.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the interstate compact on mental health six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC552
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1525 / HB1593 Sunset - interstate compact on the placement of children.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the interstate compact on the placement of children six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC553
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1526 / HB1592 Sunset - Tennessee massage licensure board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee massage licensure board six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC554
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1527 / HB1591 Sunset - Memphis regional megasite authority.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Memphis regional megasite authority six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC555
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1528 / HB1590 Sunset - polysomnography professional standards.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the polysomnography professional standards committee four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC556
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1529 / HB1589 Sunset - public records commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the public records commission eight years to June 30, 2024.
Public ChapterPC557
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1531 / HB1587 Sunset - selection panel for TennCare reviewers.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the selection panel for TennCare reviewers seven years to June 30, 2023.
Public ChapterPC558
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1532 / HB1586 Sunset - Southeast interstate low-level radioactive waste compact.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Southeast interstate low-level radioactive waste compact six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC559
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1535 / HB1583 Sunset - state board of accountancy.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state board of accountancy four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC560
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1536 / HB1582 Sunset - state board of cosmetology and barber examiners.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state board of cosmetology and barber examiners two years to June 30, 2018. Requires the division of state audit to conduct a question and answer review of the board in 2017. Also requires the division of state audit to complete the question and answer review within a period sufficient to allow for its timely review by the government operations joint subcommittee on commerce, labor, transportation, and agriculture.
Public ChapterPC561
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1537 / HB1581 Sunset - state election commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state election commission eight years to June 30, 2024.
Public ChapterPC562
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1539 / HB1579 Sunset - state funding board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state funding board eight years to June 30, 2024.
Public ChapterPC563
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1541 / HB1577 Sunset - TennCare pharmacy advisory committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state TennCare pharmacy advisory committee four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC564
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1544 / HB1574 Sunset- Tennessee medical laboratory board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee medical laboratory board six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC565
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1547 / HB1571 Sunset - Tennessee sports hall of fame.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee sports hall of fame six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC566
SB1548 / HB1570 Sunset - Tennessee Tombigbee waterway development authority.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway development authority eight years to June 30, 2024.
Public ChapterPC567
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1549 / HB1569 Sunset - water and wastewater operators board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the water and wastewater operators board of certification six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC568
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB2622 / HB1626 Codifies the acts of the 2015 legislative session.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionCodifies the acts of the 2015 legislative session.
Public ChapterPC569
Effective Date03/02/2016
SB1644 / HB1687 Public hearings on termination of governmental entity.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Dan Howell
DescriptionRemoves requirement that a notice of intent to hold a public hearing on the termination, continuation, reestablishment, or restructuring of a governmental entity be published at least once every 90 days.
Public ChapterPC574
Effective Date03/08/2016
SB1785 / HB1774 $25,000 limit to certain compensatory damages.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionLimits the amount of compensatory damages awarded to each complaining party for losses in certain retaliatory discharge actions against employers with less than eight employees at the time the cause of action arose to $25,000.
Public ChapterPC593
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB1818 / HB2441 Sunrise provision - private probation services council.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionCreates sunrise provision for the private probation services council, which extends the council to June 30, 2017.
Public ChapterPC597
Effective Date03/10/2016
SB2555 / HB1551 Department of labor and workforce development - structure.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionReplaces references to various divisions and programs to reflect new structure of divisions within the department of labor and workforce development and to reflect appropriate name of federal programs. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC599
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2138 / HB2129 Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionEnacts the "Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016," which prohibits a memorial regarding a historic conflict, historic entity, historic event, historic figure, or historic organization that is located on public property from being removed, renamed, relocated, altered, rededicated, or otherwise disturbed or altered. Allows a public entity exercising control of a memorial to petition the TN historical commission for a waiver to remove, relocate or rename a memorial. Specifies requirements for waiver.
Public ChapterPC601
Effective Date03/11/2016
SB1622 / HB1521 Revises functions of the office of legal services.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Glen Casada
DescriptionRevises functions of the office of legal services including duties pertaining to the code commission. Creates duties of the revisor of statutes within the office of legal services. Stipulates that the revisor of statutes must (1) be from an accredited law school, (2) be licensed in the state, and (3) have five or more years of experience in the field of legislative law. Obligates the revisor to (1) assist director of legal services and perform duties as assigned by the director, (2) perform all codification functions within the office; (3) serve as executive secretary of the code commission; (4) solicit and receive suggestions from citizens of the state concerning statutes; (5) evaluate and assess such recommendations; (6) recognize obsolete, duplicate, contradictory, unnecessary, or incomprehensible statutes that may be appropriate to repeal or modify; and (7) report findings biennially to leadership in the house and senate.
Public ChapterPC603
Effective Date03/17/2016
SB1496 / HB1622 Sunset - advisory council on workers' compensation.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the advisory council on workers' compensation four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC608
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1497 / HB1621 Sunset- applied behavior analyst licensing committee of the BOE.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the applied behavior analyst licensing committee of the board of examiners in psychology six years to June 30, 2022. Requires removal of any committee member who misses more than 50 percent of the scheduled meetings of the committee in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC609
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1503 / HB1615 Sunset- board of examiners for architects and engineers.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of examiners for architects and engineers four years to June 30, 2020. Requires removal of any board member who misses more than 50 percent of the board's scheduled meetings in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC610
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1504 / HB1614 Sunset- board of examiners for nursing home administrators.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of examiners for nursing home administrators six years to June 30, 2022. Requires removal of any board member who misses more than 50 percent of the board's scheduled meetings in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC611
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1515 / HB1603 Sunset - council for licensing hearing instrument specialists.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the council for licensing hearing instrument specialists six years to June 30, 2022. Requires removal of any council member who misses more than 50 percent of the scheduled council meetings in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC612
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1521 / HB1597 Sunset - Tennessee emergency medical services board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee emergency medical services board six years to June 30, 2022. Requires board members who miss more than 50 percent of the scheduled meetings of the board in a calendar year to be removed from the board.
Public ChapterPC613
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1534 / HB1584 Sunset- licensing alarm systems contractors board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state board for licensing alarm systems contractors four years to June 30, 2020. Requires removal of any board member who misses more than 50 percent of the scheduled meetings of the board in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC614
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1538 / HB1580 Sunset - state family support council.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state family support council six years to June 30, 2022. Requires removal of any council member who misses more than 50 percent of the scheduled council meetings in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC615
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1542 / HB1576 Sunset - Tennessee advisory committee for acupuncture.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee advisory committee for acupuncture six years to June 30, 2022. Requires removal of any committee member who misses more than 50 percent of the committee's scheduled meetings in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC616
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1696 / HB1829 Terminates the state law library commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionTerminates the state law library commission, with no subsequent wind-down period. Transfers administrative authority for control and supervision of state law libraries in Nashville, Knoxville and Jackson to the administrative office of the courts.
Public ChapterPC619
Effective Date03/22/2016
SB1518 / HB1600 Sunset - department of transportation.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of transportation four years to June 30, 2020.
Public ChapterPC639
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB1573 / HB1492 Reports to also be filed with legislative reference and law library.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionRequires a copy of all reports filed with the general assembly, the speakers of the general assembly, a committee of the general assembly, or any combination thereof pursuant to statutory requirements to additionally be filed with the legislative reference and law library.
Public ChapterPC651
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2007 / HB2418 Board of directors of emergency communications district - removal.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionRequires removal of member of board of directors of an emergency communications district for failure to attend at least 50 percent of all regularly scheduled board meetings, rather than for having three consecutive unexcused absences. Deletes procedure for removal by court order or petition of board or local governing body.
Public ChapterPC674
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB2087 / HB2124 Pigeon Forge - election of city commissioners.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionCreates seat designations for commissioners in Pigeon Forge. Allows voters to vote for one commissioner for each open, designated seat.
Public ChapterPC696
Effective Date03/24/2016
SB1590 / HB1877 Changes West Tennessee river basin authority appointment rules.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Ed Jackson / Rep. Curtis Halford
DescriptionClarifies that the speakers may appoint two members of the general assembly from the same political party to the West Tennessee river basin authority if there is not a member representing the area from another political party.
Public ChapterPC699
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2561 / HB1557 Removes termination date on rules governing risk sharing agreements.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRemoves the termination date on certain rules governing risk sharing agreements passed through Chapter 409 of the Public Acts of 2013. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC724
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB1530 / HB1588 Sunset - regional transportation authority of Middle Tennessee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the regional transportation authority of Middle Tennessee five years to June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC761
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB1546 / HB1572 Sunset - Tennessee rehabilitative initiative in correction board.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee rehabilitative initiative in correction board for one year to June 30, 2017. Vacates the board effective July 1, 2016, with new appointments to be made by the governor. Removes the executive director of TRICOR from the membership of the board.
Public ChapterPC762
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB1502 / HB1616 Sunset - board of dietitian/nutritionist examiners.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of dietitian/nutritionist examiners six years to June 30, 2022.
Public ChapterPC772
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1507 / HB1611 Sunset - board of pharmacy.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the board of pharmacy two years to June 30, 2018. Requires the board to appear before the government operations joint evaluation committee on education, health and general welfare no later than November 18, 2016, to provide an update on the board's progress in addressing the findings set forth in the October 2015 performance audit report issued by the division of state audit.
Public ChapterPC773
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1517 / HB1601 Sunset- department of human resources.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of human resources three years to June 30, 2019. Requires the department to appear before the government operations joint evaluation committee on judiciary and government no later than December 31, 2016, to update the committee on the department's progress in addressing the findings in its December 2015 performance audit report.
Public ChapterPC774
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1540 / HB1578 Sunset - state soil conservation committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the state soil conservation committee six years to June 30, 2022. Requires removal of any committee member who misses more than 50 percent of the scheduled committee meetings in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC775
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1545 / HB1573 Sunset - Tennessee motor vehicle commission.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the Tennessee motor vehicle commission four years to June 30, 2020. Requires removal of any commission member who misses more than 50 percent of the scheduled commission meetings in a calendar year.
Public ChapterPC776
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1471 / HB1702 Reporting functions of public entities.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionSpecifies February 1 as annual date by which commerce and labor committee of the senate, insurance and banking committee of the house, and finance, ways and means committees of both houses must review the Access Tennessee and CoverKids programs. Changes annual date by which the office of legislative budget analysis and comptroller must provide comments on the higher education funding formula to the chairs of the education and finance, ways and means committees of both houses from December 1 of each year to February 1 of each year. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC797
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB1472 / HB1940 Sunset - department of human services.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Tim Wirgau
DescriptionChanges the termination date for the department of human services from June 30, 2018 to June 30, 2017. Transfers the management and operations of financial accounting and reporting for the department of human services from the department of human services to the department of finance and administration. Requires the department of human services to submit a monthly report on the various financial and accounting measures taken by the department of health to the chairs of the government operations, health, and finance, ways and means committees of the senate and house of representatives, and the comptroller of the treasury.
Public ChapterPC798
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1741 / HB1972 Establishes the position of executive internal auditor.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionEstablishes the appointed position of executive internal auditor and gives the position various responsibilities related to internal audits of executive branch agencies.
Public ChapterPC824
Effective Date10/01/2016
SB1516 / HB1602 Sunset - department of finance and administration.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionExtends the department of finance and administration one year to June 30, 2017.
Public ChapterPC846
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2606 / HB1837 Dept of economic and community development to change report day.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionChanges from no later than the first Tuesday in September to the first Wednesday in September the day on which the department of economic and community development must submit its annual TNInvestcos report. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC887
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1576 / HB1624 Continues permanent rules filed by secretary of state.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionContinues permanent rules filed with the secretary of state after January 1, 2015.
Public ChapterPC929
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1951 / HB2163 Changes to state soil conservation committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. John Mark Windle
DescriptionMakes various changes to state soil conservation committee and soil conservation districts. Adds ex officio member to committee. Clarifies the duties of the committee and districts. Establishes a new process for filling vacancies of district supervisors. Authorizes districts to borrow money.
Public ChapterPC966
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1738 / HB2029 Creates the state horse racing advisory committee.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionCreates the state horse racing advisory committee. Requires that the committee consist of seven members to be appointed by the governor, five of which are public members, one of which has a background in law enforcement, and one of which has a background in accounting. Requires that at least two of the members be appointed from each grand division of the state and at least four have a reasonable knowledge of the practices and procedures of horse racing. Requires members to have been a legal resident for five years, be more than 30 years old, promote public confidence in the administration of horse racing, not own or have any interest in a horse racing track, not be a public official or employee, not have been convicted of any gambling or gaming offense, not accept any form of reward or gift from any horse racing association, and have no pecuniary interest or engage in any private employment in a business that does business with any association involved in horse racing. Prohibits members from receiving compensation except for expenses during which the member is engaged in the committee and travel expenses. Requires the governor to appoint a chairman. Requires the meetings to be open and public and that there be a public record of every vote and action taken. Requires the committee to meet at least quarterly, starting July 1, 2016, and to file a comprehensive report including all recommendations for legislation on the establishment of horse racing.
Public ChapterPC1040
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB1848 / HB1824 Elder abuse - background checks and adult protective services.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Dale Carr
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of the department of human services to establish within the department an adult protective services working group. Requires the working group to examine and explore the procedures and resources used by other states to investigate all allegations of financial exploitation of the elderly. Revises requirements for criminal background checks in nursing homes and home care organizations. Requires the executive director of the commission on aging and disability to establish a working group that includes the division of adult protective services of the department of human services, the department of health, the district attorneys general conference, members of local law enforcement, and other state departments and agencies as needed. Requires the working group to draft and develop a field guide to provide law enforcement with the specific statutes and other resources related to assisting the prevention, investigation and prosecution of elder abuse.
Public ChapterPC1044
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB2051 / HB2192 Reporting date for TACIR on 911 surcharge.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Judd Matheny
DescriptionExtends the date by which TACIR is required to report to the joint committee on government operations on the 911 surcharge and 911 system from September 15, 2017 to September 15, 2018.
Public ChapterPC1047
Effective Date07/01/2017
SB2364 / HB2381 Sunset - Hamilton County water wastewater treatment authority.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionRemoves application of the water wastewater treatment authority regarding Hamilton County created pursuant to the Water and Wastewater Treatment Act.
Public ChapterPC1050
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2586 / HB1960 Juvenile Justice Realignment Act.
CategoryGovernment Organization
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Karen D. Camper
DescriptionEnacts the "Juvenile Justice Realignment Act," which creates a task force to study the feasibility and make recommendations in preparation for the creation of a department of juvenile justice.
Public ChapterPC1057
Effective Date04/28/2016

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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.
Public ChapterPC38
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB435 / HB171 Allows county registers of deeds to redact social security numbers.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionAuthorizes all county registers of deeds, instead of the register of deeds in five counties, to redact social security numbers from recorded documents at the request of certain persons.
Public ChapterPC45
Effective Date03/27/2015
SB636 / HB522 Repeals the Racing Control Act of 1987.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Eddie Smith
DescriptionRepeals the Racing Control Act of 1987.
Public ChapterPC74
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB413 / HB187 County, municipal, and metropolitan governments' requirements.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionRequires all county, municipal, and metropolitan governments, in addition to state governments and institutions of higher education, to establish internal controls to ensure compliance with applicable law, prevent waste, and ensure operations are properly recorded.
Public ChapterPC112
Effective Date06/30/2016
SB1218 / HB530 Prohibits disclosing social security number unless authorized.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionProhibits a local entity from publicly disclosing the social security number of a citizen unless authorized to do so under certain circumstances; extends the prohibition to a person or entity receiving a social security number from the local entity.
Public ChapterPC225
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB522 / HB820 Reduces number of days water utility must provide nominees.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionReduces from 60 to 45 the amount of days that the board of commissioners of a water utility district has to provide nominees to the county mayor in single-county utility districts.
Public ChapterPC248
Effective Date04/24/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC335
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB24 / HB234 Climbing walls are not amusement devices.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionSpecifies that climbing walls used for sport and fitness training are not considered "amusement devices" and are not subject to regulation by the department of labor and workforce development.
Public ChapterPC337
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB474 / HB787 Prohibits requirement for fire sprinkler in townhouses.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionExempts the requirement of fire sprinkler systems for townhouses. Defines "townhouses" and requires them to be considered a separate building with independent exterior walls separated by a two-hour fire resistance rated wall assembly. Requires townhouses to be built according to local and statewide adopted building codes.
Public ChapterPC378
SB79 / HB69 Civil penalties assessed by state fire marshal and commissioner.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionBroadens grounds on which state fire marshal and commissioner of commerce and insurance may refuse to issue, renew, suspend, or revoke a certificate of registration or license regarding fire protection sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and related equipment, and liquefied petroleum gas. Allows fire marshal and commissioner to impose civil penalties of not more than $1000 per violation of promulgated rules or state law. Clarifies procedures for hearing and review of cases involving registration or licensure for liquefied petroleum gas. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC381
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB786 / HB1339 EBT card cannot purchase certain tobacco products.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
DescriptionProhibits recipients of public assistance benefits from using an EBT card at a tobacco retailer to purchase certain tobacco products. Prohibits tobacco retailers from permitting the purchase of tobacco products or nicotine products with an EBT card. Requires the department of human services to notify public assistance recipients of this prohibition and impose appropriate penalties for using an EBT card in a prohibited business location.
Public ChapterPC392
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1391 / HB1272 Obsolete language regarding commission on children and youth.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionRemoves obsolete language relative to the initial appointments made to the commission on children and youth.
Public ChapterPC422
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB321 / HB290 Tennessee agriculture regulatory fund revisions.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises various Tennessee agricultural regulatory fund provisions. Expands the fees deposited into fund. Makes other revisions as to spending funds, the interest accrued on the fund, and excess money in fund at the end of the fiscal year. Specifies that commissioner of department of agriculture establishes fees to fund the administration of agricultural regulatory fund. Sets license and certification application procedures for various agriculture related industries and products. Sets the fee schedule for permits, licenses, and fees based on tier designation for agriculture related industries and products. Removes requirements for tonnage and liming sales reports. Removes or amends various sections so as not to conflict with new fee schedule. (17pp.) Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC485
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB467 / HB216 UAPA - government operations committee to review every rule.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionAlters certain provisions regarding the rulemaking process provided in the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (UAPA). Requires, instead of authorizes, the government operations committees to review every rule promulgated pursuant to the UAPA. Decreases, from 25 to 10, the number of persons that must petition an agency to compel a public hearing on a proposed rule. Requires the committees to consider the effect of a rule on small business and the arbitrariness and capriciousness of a rule. Establishes that disapproval of a rule by the committees shall be posted by the secretary of state to the administrative register on the secretary of state's website.
Public ChapterPC502
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB987 / HB914 Accept payments in lieu of taxes from certain lessees.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Pat Marsh
DescriptionAuthorizes industrial development corporations and health, educational, and housing facility corporations created by counties or cities to accept payments in lieu of taxes from lessees of low-income housing projects, provided that they meet certain conditions.
Public ChapterPC519
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1641 / HB1684 Maintenance of books and records by community service agencies.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Ed Jackson / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionReplaces a reference to the "Accounting Manual for Recipients of Grant Funds in Tennessee," which is no longer used, with a general reference to publications by the comptroller of the treasury in the provision requiring community service agencies to maintain all books and records with generally accepted accounting principles.
Public ChapterPC573
Effective Date03/08/2016
SB1688 / HB2035 Online submission of rules allowed.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionAuthorizes the secretary of state to require the online submission of rules, notices of hearings, and related filings. Permits, instead of requires, the secretary of state to adopt model rules of procedure in accordance with rulemaking requirements. Allows secretary of state to require online submission of economic impact statements.
Public ChapterPC576
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1936 / HB2004 Rulemaking, reporting functions of commission on aging.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Sabi Kumar
DescriptionRequires the commission on aging and disability to provide the general assembly, no later than January 15 of each year, an updated report and analysis of the waiting list for the state options program. Clarifies that one of the rulemaking responsibilities of the commission includes promulgating, amending and revising rules necessary for the proper management and oversight of the home and community based options programs. Revises other rulemaking functions of the commission.
Public ChapterPC690
Effective Date03/24/2016
SB2557 / HB1553 Provisions concerning elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises various provisions governing elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, and aerial tramways, and provisions governing boiler inspection, erectors and repairers. Provides that the amusement device may resume operation, upon authorization from the department, immediately following the reasonable determination by a qualified, third-party inspector that a principal cause of the serious physical injury was the victim's failure to comply with the posted safety rules or with verbal instructions. Establishes that if an owner or operator of an amusement device fails to comply with certain requirements following a fatality, serious physical injury, or serious incident occurring on an amusement device, the owner or operator will incur a penalty of $300 each day, enforceable by the department, until full compliance is achieved. Provides that any penalties deposited or collected will be deposited into the general fund. Requires owners and operators to file an itinerary with the department, whereas under current law owners and operators of traveling or portable amusement devices must file an itinerary with the board no less than 30 days prior to public operation. Removes the ten-year experience requirement as well as the examination requirement for the office of chief inspector. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC815
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2389 / HB2068 Clarifies agency power under UAPA.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Martin Daniel
DescriptionSpecifies that administrative agencies shall have no inherent, general, or common law powers, and shall only exercise the powers conferred on them by statute or by the federal or state constitutions. Clarifies that agency powers under the UAPA are to be narrowly construed. Increases burden of agencies by requiring them to prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that administrative rules conform to certain specific criteria.
Public ChapterPC859
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2427 / HB2215 Open data policy for state government.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Jason Powell
DescriptionCreates a task force to study the feasibility of state government utilizing an open data policy, similar to the policy enacted by the federal government pursuant to Executive Order of May 9, 2013, Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. Requires the task force to report its findings and recommendations to the general assembly by February 1, 2017.
Public ChapterPC994
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1342 / HB1365 Lease payments for space occupied by state agencies.
CategoryGovernment Regulation
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Kent Calfee
DescriptionRequires lease payments for space occupied by state agencies to be established by the commissioner of finance and administration and approved by the state building commission. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC1031
Effective Date04/28/2016

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SB157 / HB31 Deletes Intractable Pain Treatment Act.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionDeletes the "Intractable Pain Treatment Act." Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC26
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB367 / HB109 Radiological services and ambulatory surgical treatment centers.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Dawn White
DescriptionRequires an ambulatory surgical treatment center to provide radiological services commensurate with the needs of the center. Provides that if such services are utilized, the governing body of the center shall appoint a qualified individual to be responsible for assuring that the services are provided in accordance with applicable law and rules.
Public ChapterPC39
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB409 / HB229 Authorizes pharmacies to participate in drug disposal program.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. David Shepard
DescriptionEnacts the "Pharmacy Drug Disposal Programs Act of 2015." Authorizes any Tennessee licensed based pharmacy located within the state may voluntarily participate in a pharmacy drug disposal program. Designates the pharmacist in charge as the person responsible for deciding whether the pharmacy participates in a pharmacy drug disposal program. Exempts the pharmacy practice from liability regarding any theft, robbery, or other criminal activity related to the participation in the program. Requires the board of pharmacy to maintain a list of Tennessee licensed pharmacies located within this state that participate in the pharmacy drug disposal program.
Public ChapterPC40
Effective Date03/27/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC51
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB319 / HB288 Personal support services agencies licensure.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionSpecifies that mental health and developmental disability services or facilities that are in compliance with a license issued by another state agency do not need to be licensed by the department of intellectual or developmental disabilities. Requires licensed personal support service agency to designate population it proposes to serve. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC110
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB1048 / HB671 Telemarketing and telephonic solicitation of chiropractor services.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionProhibits telemarketing or telephonic solicitation by chiropractors, their employees, or their agents, to victims of accidents or disasters within 30 days of the accident or disaster. Requires chiropractors to keep telemarketing scripts and contact logs for two years.
Public ChapterPC121
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB385 / HB25 Physical therapy- adding dry needling to scope of practice.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionAdds dry needling to the scope of practice for physical therapists.
Public ChapterPC124
Effective Date04/09/2015
SB112 / HB101 Licensure of settings for home-based and community-based services.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAuthorizes the board for licensing healthcare facilities and certain departments to amend licensure rules to be consistent with federal regulations pertaining to home-based and community-based settings. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC153
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB98 / HB87 Access to medical records by commissioner of health.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRequires that the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designee, upon request by the commissioner or designee, be given access to medical records in order to facilitate investigations and inquiries when responding to an immediate threat to public health. Specifies that electronic access shall be limited to the duration of the outbreak, event, or time in which the public health is under immediate threat as determined by the commissioner. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC154
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB201 / HB1101 Supervision of physician assistants by supervising physicians.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Timothy Hill
DescriptionDeletes language that allows a supervising physician to have complete and absolute authority over any action of a physician assistant. Specifies that a supervising physician continue to provide proper supervision and control of the physician assistant.
Public ChapterPC189
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB753 / HB117 Dentists - deletes requirements for obtaining specialist certificates.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionDeletes provisions governing examinations for dental specialist certificates. Removes the exemption for dental, dental hygiene and dental assisting colleges, schools or programs, accredited by the American Dental Association Commission, from the provision that no one shall grant a specialist certificate that is not listed as a recognized specialty.
Public ChapterPC194
Effective Date04/22/2015
SB615 / HB674 Information required in pamphlet for newborn testing.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionRequires information disseminated by the department of health about the confidentiality of the birth defects registry to participating perinatal centers that will be made available to the families shall be made available in a pamphlet. Provides that such information, along with other information on programs provided by the department regarding genetic screening and birth defects, shall be provided to families to review and sign, acknowledging receiving the information. Provides that a newborn screening specimen taken for testing shall be kept for one year for the physicians to request additional testing.
Public ChapterPC246
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1223 / HB699 Establishes requirements and protections for practice of telehealth.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionSpecifies that a healthcare provider who delivers services through the use of telehealth to be held to the same standard of professional practice as similar licensees of the same practice area or specialty who provides the same healthcare services through in-person encounters. Prohibits the board or licensing entity governing any healthcare provider from establishing more restrictive standards for professional practice of telehealth. Specifies that the practice of telemedicine does not apply to out of state physicians, uncompensated consultations, transferring of medical information outside the state, and abortions. Requires a physician who practices telemedicine to be licensed to practice within the state. Allows a physician who practices telemedicine to prescribe controlled substance under certain conditions. Grants the board the authority to issue and continue to offer to issue restricted licenses and special licenses based upon licensure to another state for the limited purpose of authorizing the practice of telemedicine to current applicants or current licensees.
Public ChapterPC261
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB892 / HB1003 Disclosure of protected medical information allowed in certain cases.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionSpecifies that in a healthcare liability action any healthcare provider's disclosure of protected health or other relevant information, including but not limited to, opinions as to the standard of care, compliance with or breach of the standard, causation of injury, or any other information relevant to the analysis and evaluation of the plaintiff's claim is subject to disclosure.
Public ChapterPC268
Effective Date04/24/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC276
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1016 / HB425 Report on status of emergency medical services for children.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionRequires the joint report on the current status of emergency medical services for children prepared by the board for licensing health care facilities and the emergency medical services board, in collaboration with the committee on pediatric emergency care, to be submitted to the civil and criminal justice committees of the house, in addition to the health and welfare committee of the senate, the health committee of the house of representatives and the judiciary committee of the senate.
Public ChapterPC277
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB97 / HB86 Registration to store or provide logistics for controlled substances.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRequires a third-party logistics provider to obtain registration from the board of pharmacy and the appropriate occupational or professional licensing board in order to manufacture, distribute, dispense, warehouse, or provide logistics services in connection with any controlled substance. Defines "distribute," "wholesaler," "distributor," "third-party logistics provider," and "wholesale distribution." Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC293
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB208 / HB212 Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Frank Niceley / Rep. Billy Spivey
DescriptionDesignates November as "Lung Cancer Awareness Month."
Public ChapterPC299
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB307 / HB894 DIDD to seek approval from the family support council.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Kevin Brooks
DescriptionRequires the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities (DIDD) to seek approval from the family support council before making changes to the administration of the family support program. Provides that information gathered through the family support program on persons needing or receiving services shall be provided to DIDD on a quarterly basis. Requires the council to coordinate activities with district and local councils, and to perform other duties to ensure implementation of the family support program.
Public ChapterPC301
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB985 / HB32 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Curry Todd
DescriptionCreates the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. Requires governing authorities engaged in school youth athletic activities and activity fee charging organizations engaged in community-based youth athletic activities to adopt programs to train and educate coaches, school administrators, youth athletes, and their parents or guardians of the nature, risk, and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.
Public ChapterPC325
Effective Date01/01/2016
SB85 / HB75 Extends the tax on intermediate care facilities.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionExtends the tax on intermediate care facilities to July 15, 2017. Current law has the tax terminating on July 15, 2015. Changes references to "intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded (ICF/MR)" to say instead "intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID)." Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC340
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB573 / HB517 Moratorium on issuance of CONs for new nursing home beds.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Michael Harrison
DescriptionExtends the current moratorium on the issuance of certificates of need (CONs) for new nursing home and skilled nursing facility beds until June 30, 2016.
Public ChapterPC359
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB984 / HB572 Definition of biological product for TN Affordable Drug Act.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionDefines a "biological product" and an "interchangeable biological product" in the Tennessee Affordable Drug Act of 2005. Requires a prescriber to allow for the substitution of a prescribed biological product for an interchangeable biological product, except in cases where the prescriber determines the medical necessity of a prescribed biological product due to certain conditions or an interchangeable biological product is unavailable. Specifies that a pharmacist who selects an interchangeable biological product for substitution has the same responsibilities for that product as the pharmacist would have for dispensing a prescription. Requires the board of pharmacy to maintain a link on its website to the current list of all biological products determined by the FDA to be interchangeable biological products.
Public ChapterPC371
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB1331 / HB322 Policies for the release of HIPAA compliant limited use data sets.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of health to establish policies for the release of HIPAA compliant limited use data sets in regard to claims data by licensed hospitals and claims data discharge reports by ambulatory surgical treatment centers.
Public ChapterPC373
Effective Date05/04/2015
SB811 / HB143 Tennessee Right to Try Act.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionEnacts the "Tennessee Right to Try Act," which authorizes access to certain treatments for patients with an advanced illness. Allows a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product or device to make such item available to an eligible patient. Defines an "eligible patient" as an individual who has an advanced illness, who has considered all other currently approved treatment options, and who has given written, informed consent for the use of an investigational drug, biological product, or device. Specifies that the manufacturer may provide the investigational drug, biological product, or device without receiving compensation. Also, specifies that the manufacturer may require an eligible patient to the pay the costs associated with the manufacture of the investigational drug, biological product, or device. Allows a health plan, third-party administrator, or governmental agency to provide coverage for the cost of the investigational drug, biological device or product. Clarifies that a hospital or health care facility is not required by this bill to provide new or additional services, unless such services are approved by the hospital or facility. Prohibits a state official or employee from blocking an eligible patient's access to an investigational drug, biological product or device.
Public ChapterPC376
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB284 / HB440 Reimbursing physicians - pending a credentialing application.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionEstablishes process for reimbursing physicians for services rendered during the pendency of a credentialing application before a health insurance entity.
Public ChapterPC386
Effective Date01/01/2016
SB570 / HB403 Reduces time period for TennCare applicants to mail changes.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionReduces from 30 days to 15 days the period of time for an applicant for TennCare to mail documentation of a material change affecting the application. Broadly Captioned.
Public ChapterPC389
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB871 / HB1036 Addiction Treatment Act of 2015.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Ryan Haynes
DescriptionEnacts the "Addiction Treatment Act of 2015." Prohibits arresting, charging, or prosecuting any individual who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for a drug overdose themselves, or seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing or believed to be experiencing a drug overdose. Prohibits (1) penalties for a violation of a protective or restraining order, and (2) sanctions for a violation of a condition of pretrial release, probation, parole. Specifies various limitations of the law. Allows certain products containing buprenorphine to be prescribed under various situations and sets limitations for the drug.
Public ChapterPC396
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB988 / HB693 Certain state agencies to collaborate on diabetes plans and reports.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionRequires the bureau of TennCare, the department of health, the department of human resources, and the department of finance and administration to jointly develop certain plans and reports concerning diabetes to be made to the health and welfare committee of the senate and the health committee of the house every two years.
Public ChapterPC404
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1142 / HB1163 Alzheimer's-related dementia in disclosure of specialized care.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionClarifies that Alzheimer's-related dementia, includes, but is not limited to, dementia with Lewy bodies for purposes of the required disclosure of specialized care at certain treatment facilities.
Public ChapterPC411
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB1280 / HB1368 Requires certain abortion clinics to register as ambulatory centers.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionRequires that any facility at which a surgical procedure to terminate a pregnancy is performed be licensed as an ASTC and removes the requirement that a facility be licensed as an ASTC if only medical procedures to terminate a pregnancy are performed there. Revises the exemption for physician and dentist offices so that such offices do not have to be licensed as ASTCs unless more than 50 surgical abortions are performed in any calendar years.
Public ChapterPC419
Effective Date05/08/2015
SB17 / HB115 Services for people with intellectual disabilities.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionRequires that persons with intellectual disabilities on the waiting list for services be enrolled in the self-determination waiver within six months when their custodial parent or custodial caregiver attain the age of 75.
Public ChapterPC430
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB44 / HB33 Testing for lysosomal disorders in newborns.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionAdds lysosomal disorders, including Krabbe, Fabry, Gaucher, Pompe, Hurler Syndrome and Niemann-Pick, to the list of disorders that must be tested for newborns.
Public ChapterPC436
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB994 / HB1146 Termination of hospital cooperative agreement - notice.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Jimmy A. Eldridge
DescriptionIncreases, from 30 days to 45 days after termination, the time within which any party to a hospital cooperative agreement who terminates the agreement must file a notice of termination with the department of health.
Public ChapterPC464
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB1222 / HB977 Records physicians who perform abortions are required to keep.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Matthew Hill
DescriptionRequires a physician who performs an abortion to maintain certain records for five years. Specifies that such requirement applies to any abortion procedure and not just operations.
Public ChapterPC473
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1266 / HB1157 Pain management clinic requirements for medical directors and others.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionDefines the terms certificate holder, medical director, and pain management specialist as they relate to pain management clinics. Revises qualifications for medical directors of pain management clinics and increases the time medical directors have to spend on site. Requires pain management clinics to obtain a certificate to operate which are only granted to an owner of a clinic who is also a certificate holder. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC475
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1287 / HB1216 Explanations justifying amount of drugs prescribed.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionExtends the time in which the top 50 prescribers of controlled substances must provide an explanation to the department of health justifying the amount of controlled substances they prescribed from 15 business days to 30 business days.
Public ChapterPC476
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB613 / HB980 Online registry for medical spas.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Matthew Hill
DescriptionRequires the board of medical examiners, in consultation with the board of osteopathic examination, to establish and maintain an online registry for medical spas.
Public ChapterPC494
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB532 / HB311 CON application - notification of local government.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Dolores R. Gresham / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionRequires local government officials to be notified by certified mail within ten days when a certificate of need application is filed that involves a facility in which the county or municipality holds an ownership interest. Specifies that the certificate of need application shall not be deemed complete unless the applicant has provided proof of compliance with the notice provisions. Permits local government officials to testify at any hearing conducted by the health services and development agency related to a certificate of need application.
Public ChapterPC505
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB1014 / HB629 Certified registered nurse anesthetist - prescribing of drugs.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionRevises the definition of "prescription order" and "professional nursing" to reflect the ability of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) are not required to order to select, order, and administer the appropriate drugs and related services during the perioperative period or to provide services in collaboration with a physician within the scope of the practice of CRNAs. Clarifies that orders for drugs and related services by a CRNA can only be administered where the anesthesia services are being provided. Defines "perioperative period" as it relates to CRNAs.
Public ChapterPC513
Effective Date05/20/2015
SB358 / HB867 Physician's referral for mammography screening be to a radiologist.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. David Shepard
DescriptionSpecifies that a physician's referral for mammography screening be to a radiologist or other lawfully appropriate provider.
Public ChapterPC518
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1579 / HB1520 Qualified divided relocation of a nursing home facility.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionProvides that a "qualified divided relocation of a nursing home facility" occurs only when relocation is sought for two or more beds to another site in the same county. Permits relocation if the existing nursing home has at least 130 beds, has existed at the same place for at least 40 years, is located across from a hospital that also seeks relocation, and is in the same county as the proposed site(s). Requires the new site to have a certificate of need and a separate nursing home license.
Public ChapterPC602
Effective Date03/17/2016
SB2097 / HB2397 Providing women with information concerning cytomegalovirus.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionRequires healthcare providers to provide certain women with information concerning cytomegalovirus. Provides that the information must include the (1) incidence, (2) transmission, (3) birth defects, (4) methods of diagnosing, and (5) possible preventative measures of cytomegalovirus.
Public ChapterPC625
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1628 / HB2136 Eligibility for new and vacated beds in ICF/MR facilities.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Kevin Brooks
DescriptionPermits those from the home and community based services (HCBS) waivers or those on the waiting list for individuals with intellectual disabilities to become eligible for new and vacated beds at immediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation (ICF/MR) in order to fulfill a four-person home, if fewer than four of those transitioning have selected a provider.
Public ChapterPC630
Effective Date03/23/2016
SB1786 / HB1768 Pharmacist to dispense medication in varying quantities.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionUnder this bill, unless a prescriber has specified on a prescription that dispensing a prescription for a maintenance medication in an initial amount followed by periodic refills is medically necessary, a pharmacist may exercise professional judgment to dispense varying quantities of medication per fill up to the total number of dosage units as authorized by the prescriber on the original prescription including any refills. This bill will not apply to controlled substances or to any medications for which a report to the controlled substance database is required pursuant to present law.
Public ChapterPC656
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB1567 / HB1469 Civil liability for charitable organizations providing free eyewear.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionConfers immunity from civil liability to charitable organizations and free clinics involved in facilitating the dispensing of previously owned eyeglasses by licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists. Specifies in order for the immunity conferred to apply the person to whom the previously owned eyeglasses are dispensed must be 14 years of age or older, the eyeglasses must be dispensed without charge, and the eyeglasses must be dispensed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist who has personally examined the recipient.
Public ChapterPC665
Effective Date03/31/2016
SB1464 / HB1625 Disclosure of confidential information for post-mortem examinations.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Jay D. Reedy
DescriptionAuthorizes the disclosure of a decedent's mental health records to an authorized post-mortem official if necessary for the preparation of a post-mortem examination report pertaining to a case under investigation and a court order or judicial subpoena authorizes the official to obtain the records.
Public ChapterPC672
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB2092 / HB2316 Stroke best practices and treatment guidelines task force.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionEstablishes a stroke best practices and treatment guidelines task force under the department of health. Specifies membership and duties of task force.
Public ChapterPC678
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB2003 / HB2014 Makes certain changes to self-determination waiver.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Bob Ramsey
DescriptionReduces from 80 to 75 the age that a custodial parent or other custodial caregiver of a person with an intellectual disability who is on the waiting list for services must reach before the individual with intellectual disabilities must be placed on the self-determination waiver or similarly capped medical assistance waiver within six months.
Public ChapterPC707
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2382 / HB1800 Qualifications for medical laboratory director.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Dan Howell
DescriptionAllows a person with master's degree who otherwise is qualified as a medical laboratory directory or a person with a bachelor's degree who is supervised by a licensed physician and is otherwise qualified as a medical laboratory director to serve as a medical laboratory director with a restricted license for hospitals with 30 beds or fewer.
Public ChapterPC711
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB1574 / HB2153 Reinstatement of licenses from a health-related board.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionPermits the reinstatement of a license that has expired if an application is made to the appropriate licensing board, the person complies with a required periodic payment plan for any past due renewal fees, and complies with a plan for attaining continuing education. Requires the division to develop a payment plan system for arrearages of renewal fees and continuing education attainment.
Public ChapterPC763
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2122 / HB2422 Chart reviews at free clinics done remotely by physician.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steve Southerland / Rep. Tilman Goins
DescriptionAuthorizes a nurse practitioner or physician assistant who practices in a free or reduced fee clinic to arrange for required chart reviews by a supervising physician in the physician's office or remotely via HIPAA-compliant electronic means instead of at the clinic site.
Public ChapterPC769
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2075 / HB1874 Moratorium on CONs for new nursing home beds.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionExtends the current moratorium on certificates of need for new nursing home beds until June 30, 2021.
Public ChapterPC785
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1767 / HB2445 Law enforcement may administer epinephrine in emergency situations.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionAuthorizes law enforcement officers to administer epinephrine in emergency situations if the officer's law enforcement agency has adopted a protocol governing the administration of epinephrine. Also authorizes physicians to prescribe epinephrine to a law enforcement agency for use by officers in emergency situations. Directs law enforcement officers to record the event requiring epinephrine with the appropriate local emergency medical services agency.
Public ChapterPC801
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1989 / HB2054 Entities to stock epinephrine auto-injectors on their premise.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Sabi Kumar
DescriptionAllows authorized entities to stock epinephrine auto-injectors on their premises. Defines "authorized entity" to mean an entity or organization at which allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present, including, but not limited to, a recreation camp, college, university, place of worship, youth sports league, amusement park, restaurant, place of employment, and sports arena. Authorizes employees, agents, and laypersons to provide or administer an epinephrine auto-injector under certain circumstances.
Public ChapterPC805
Effective Date04/14/2016
SB1836 / HB1872 Annual Coverage Assessment of 2016.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Steve McDaniel
DescriptionEnacts the "Annual Coverage Assessment Act of 2016". Annual coverage assessment means, the annual assessment imposed on covered hospitals. Imposes an annual coverage assessment of 4.52 percent on each covered hospital licensed as of July 1, 2016 for fiscal year 2016-2017.
Public ChapterPC854
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1143 / HB1164 Commission to study lupus.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Johnnie Turner
DescriptionCreates a joint commission to study issues relative to lupus. Requires the committee to consist of three members of the house and three members of the senate, to be appointed by their respective speakers.
Public ChapterPC871
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2589 / HB1712 Protocols for responding to people with multiple chemical sensitivity.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Brenda Gilmore
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of health to consult with public health organizations, the medical community, the department of education, the department of labor and workforce development, the department of general services, and other relevant stakeholders in order to develop protocols for the medical profession, schools, public venues, workplaces, and other relevant stakeholders so that multiple chemical sensitivity might be recognized and appropriate responses developed to assist persons affected with these sensitivities. Requires the commissioner to have developed the protocols by December 31, 2016 and have them posted on the department's website. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC886
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2304 / HB2122 Public reporting of law enforcement-related deaths.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionSpecifies that law enforcement-related deaths are a notifiable condition for public health reporting. Requires the department of health to promulgate rules regarding the collection and reporting of deaths related to law enforcement for public health reporting purposes. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC896
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB829 / HB929 Definition of nonresidential treatment center for opiate addiction.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. Dennis Powers
DescriptionRevises the definition of nonresidential substitution-based treatment center for opiate addiction to require a certificate of need for certain centers offering treatment with products containing buprenorphine.
Public ChapterPC912
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB851 / HB1100 Establishing of a clinical laboratory testing advisory board.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Timothy Hill
DescriptionRequires accountable care organizations that provide diagnosis and treatment for patients to establish a clinical laboratory testing advisory board to consider and recommend guidelines or protocols for clinical laboratory testing.
Public ChapterPC913
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1214 / HB976 Teledentistry - federally qualified health centers.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Matthew Hill
DescriptionAdds federally qualified health centers to sites where dental hygienists may engage in preventive dentistry under a written protocol with a dentist. Authorizes examinations by a dentist under this protocol by means of teledentistry.
Public ChapterPC918
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1468 / HB1470 Increases membership of board for licensing health care facilities.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Dawn White
DescriptionIncreases the membership of the board for licensing health care facilities from 18 to 19 by adding a representative of the ambulatory surgical treatment centers to the board.
Public ChapterPC921
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1677 / HB1823 Definition of contraceptive supplies.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
DescriptionClarifies that the definition of "contraceptive supplies" includes oral hormonal contraceptives and hormonal contraceptive patches for purposes of the Family Planning Act of 1971. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC942
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1740 / HB2179 Physician assistant can provide care to certain school athletes.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Timothy Hill
DescriptionClarifies the definition of "health care provider" to include a physician assistant with concussion training who is a member of a health care team supervised by a Tennessee licensed medical doctor or osteopathic physician.
Public ChapterPC948
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1759 / HB1802 Calculation of income - eligibility for supplemental food program.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionProhibits the department of health, to the extent permitted by federal law, from counting the basic allowance for subsistence as income when determining eligibility of an applicant who is a member of the uniformed service for the special food program for women, infants, and children.
Public ChapterPC950
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1815 / HB1909 Registration of medical spas.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionRemoves requirement that individual physician's offices and practices that provide cosmetic medical services register as medical spas. Also removes a January 1, 2016, deadline for submitting information related to registering as a medical spa.
Public ChapterPC956
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1850 / HB2447 Death certificates - overdoses of prescription opiates.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Ryan Williams
DescriptionRequires the office of vital records to forward death certificates of individuals whose death was caused by an overdose of prescription opiates to the controlled substance database advisory committee for investigation and referral of associated prescribers to appropriate licensing boards for investigation.
Public ChapterPC959
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1956 / HB2025 Comprehensive state oral health plan.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionRequires the commissioner of health to develop a comprehensive state oral health plan by January 1, 2017, and to submit the plan to the federal centers for disease control and prevention and to the general assembly.
Public ChapterPC968
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2060 / HB2126 Dispensing of opioids and benzodiazepines by physicians.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionEstablishes requirements for the dispensing of opioids and benzodiazepines by physicians and other health care providers. Authorizes the board of pharmacy to promulgate rules relative to the registration of all dispensing health care prescribers who dispense opioids and benzodiazepines. Also authorizes the board to establish a fee for such registration. Authorizes the department of health to randomly inspect clinics where dispensing health care prescribers dispense opioids and benzodiazepines solely for the purpose of determining their compliance with the requirements set out in this bill. Permits a veterinarian in the course of the veterinarian's practice to dispense an opioid or benzodiazepine.
Public ChapterPC973
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2183 / HB1907 Traumatic brain injury residential homes - requirements.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Rusty Crowe / Rep. Matthew Hill
DescriptionRemoves the limitation of no more than eight persons from the definition of traumatic brain injury residential homes. Clarifies that any nonprofit traumatic brain injury residential home operating since 1992 and receiving an annual appropriation from the state has six (6) months from the effective date of this act to be licensed by the board for licensing healthcare facilities.
Public ChapterPC984
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2240 / HB1654 Consent from woman in regard to research on aborted fetus.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Joey Hensley / Rep. Bryan Terry
DescriptionClarifies that written consent is required from the mother before any person, agency, corporation, partnership or association may engage in medical experiments, research, or the taking of photographs upon an aborted fetus.
Public ChapterPC986
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2303 / HB1757 Reporting of cases of maternal mortality to department of health.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Harold Love Jr.
DescriptionRequires hospitals, coroners, and medical examiners to report cases of maternal mortality to the department of health. Requires the department to maintain data on maternal mortality, including the number of deaths reported by county, race, and any additional information the department deems necessary. Also requires the department to provide data on maternal mortality on its website.
Public ChapterPC987
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB2371 / HB2412 Treatment to the eyes of infant after birth - parental refusal.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Bo Watson / Rep. Susan Lynn
DescriptionAllows a parent of a newborn to object and opt out of a treatment to the newborn's eyes with a prophylaxis to prevent ophthalmia neonatorum or infections leading to blindness. Removes Class C misdemeanor penalty for a physician, nurse, or midwife failing to administer the treatment.
Public ChapterPC989
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2373 / HB2331 Health insurance coverage and providers for telehealth.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionEliminates the requirement that a healthcare services provider be at a hospital or other qualified site for the services to be considered telehealth services for insurance purposes. Requires health insurance entities to reimburse healthcare services providers at least the same rate for telehealth services as for in-person encounters. Removes the definition of "qualified site" from relevant section in the code.
Public ChapterPC990
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB2568 / HB2577 Disposition of fetal remains resulting from abortions.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises various provisions regarding fetal remains and requires that the method of disposition of fetal remains be in conformity with the rules of the board for licensing health care facilities. Under present law, it is a Class E felony for a person, agency, corporation, partnership, or association to: (1) Engage in medical experiments, research, or the taking of photographs upon an aborted fetus without the prior knowledge and consent of the mother; or (2) Offer or accept money or anything of value for an aborted fetus. This bill extends the prohibition described above in (2) to include fetal remains, and additionally prohibits a person, agency, corporation, partnership, or association from accepting any reimbursement of any costs associate with the preparation, preservation, transfer, shipping, or handling of an aborted fetus or fetal remains. Under present law, a physician performing an abortion must keep a record of each operation and must make a report to the commissioner of health. Each record and report is confidential in nature and is not accessible to the public. This bill requires that the above include, in the case of a surgical abortion, the disposition of any fetal remains, including the method of disposition. If the fetal remains are transferred to a third party for disposition, the report must include the name and address of the third party. Under present law, each induced termination of pregnancy that occurs in this state must be reported to the office of vital records by the person in charge of the institution in which the induced termination of pregnancy was performed. If the induced termination of pregnancy was performed outside an institution, the attending physician must prepare and file the report. This bill adds that the report must indicate whether the abortion involved a surgical procedure and, if so, which method of abortion was employed, and must indicate which method for disposition of fetal remains authorized by the rules of the board for licensing health care facilities was employed to dispose of fetal remains. If the remains were transferred to a third party, the report must include the third party's name and address. Under present law, prior to final disposition of a dead fetus, regardless of the duration of pregnancy, the funeral director, the person in charge of the institution or other person assuming responsibility for final disposition of the fetus, must obtain from the parents' authorization for final disposition on a form prescribed and furnished or approved by the state registrar. This bill adds that when the demise of the fetus is the result of a surgical abortion, a copy of the mother's authorization for disposition, specifying the means of the disposition, must be appended to the required informed consent that was signed by the mother prior to the abortion procedure. Generally, under present law, every licensed health care facility must be inspected within 15 months following the date of the last inspection by a duly appointed representative of the department. This bill adds that each licensed health care facility performing more than 50 surgical abortions in a year must conduct a mandatory interim assessment of the facility's compliance with quality measures as specified by the board, in addition to regular inspections. Such mandatory interim compliance assessment must include contents prescribed by the board. This bill requires such facility to develop a plan of correction with appropriate time for correction of any deficiency discovered in connection with an interim assessment and shall submit the plan of correction to the department, and authorizes the department to accept the plan or timeline for correction or to request changes in the plan of correction or the timeline for compliance. This bill also requires such facilities to report sentinel events. This bill specifies that the board will provide interpretive guidelines to facilities regarding the meaning of sentinel event. The department may require the facility to provide a plan of correction for preventing future occurrence of the reported sentinel event. In addition to reporting sentinel events, each facility in which a surgical abortion is performed must make and maintain a record of the disposition of fetal remains as required by this bill and must produce such records at the time of an inspection of the facility and upon request from the department. Noncompliance by a licensed health care facility performing more than 50 surgical abortions per year with any of the above assessment provisions will be grounds for discipline by the board.
Public ChapterPC1003
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2581 / HB2332 Concerning the need for central service technicians to be regulated.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionRequires the board for licensing health care facilities to report on concerns relating to the need for the regulation of central service technicians, in order ensure certified sterile processing is being provide in hospitals and related institutions. Requires the board to report its finding to the chairs of the senate health and welfare committee and the chair of the health committee of the house of representatives on or before January 15, 2017.
Public ChapterPC1004
Effective Date01/01/2017
SB899 / HB993 Rules for radiologic imaging and radio therapy equipment operators.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Paul Bailey / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionAmends the rules governing X-ray equipment operators to govern operators of all radiologic imaging and radiation therapy equipment. Requires all businesses in which radiologic imaging or radiation therapy procedures are performed to be owned by a physician, medical professional corporation, limited liability medical professional company, or an entity or facility licensed by the division of healthcare facilities. Defines key terms as they relate to radiological imaging and radiation therapy.
Public ChapterPC1029
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB1466 / HB1731 Licensure requirements on pain management clinics.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionImposes licensure and certificate of need requirements on pain management clinics. Establishes a Class A misdemeanor for anyone operating a pain management clinic without a license and each day without a license constitutes a separate offense. Authorizes the commissioner to investigate persons who may be engaged in the unlawful operation of a pain management clinic. Allows commissioner to suspend treatment of any new or existing patients to the clinic in circumstances where health or the safety of the patient is at risk pending a hearing before a judge. Requires the commissioner to send a notice to the clinic when operations of a clinic are suspended. Requires the clinic to submit a detailed corrective action plan within 10 days in response to a suspension notice in order for the suspension to be lifted by the department. Specifies commissioner's authority to: (1) continue, revoke, or modify suspension of treatment; (2) revoke, suspend, or condition the license of the clinic; (3) enter other orders the commissioner deems necessary. Allows commissioner to appoint special monitors to oversee clinics believed to have health and safety deficiencies and details those monitors' use, authority, and costs. Requires pain management clinics to report annually to the department with: (1) the number of physician assistants and advanced practice nurses working for the clinic each month; (2) the number of pain patients seen per month; (3) the number of patients who have overdosed; (4) the number of patients being treated who have died; (5) whenever the clinic is associated with a hospital; and (6) the number of morphine milligram equivalent daily doses (MMEDD) per patient per clinic. Requires clinics to obtain a license and certificate of need as of January 1, 2017. Requires certain information for applicant of a license and certain requirements to be met in order to receive a license. Allows commissioner to promulgate by rule additional licensure requirements. Allows commissioner to revoke and suspend licenses, along with imposing sanctions upon a clinic and its facilities. Requires a medical director to be on-site 50% of the clinic's weekly operating hours. Specifies that the board of medical examiners and the board of osteopathic examination shall contract with the department to annually inspect clinics. Defines pain management clinics as a "health care institution." Authorizes the health planning division to make recommendations in regards to pain management clinics before certificate of needs are issued. (12pp.)
Public ChapterPC1033
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB1842 / HB1730 Notification by health care institution of change of ownership.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Todd Gardenhire / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionIncreases the period in which a health care institution must inform the health services development agency of a change of ownership from 30 to 45 days. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC1043
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1979 / HB2088 Task force to study issues related to healthcare services.
CategoryHealth Care
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionCreates a 21-member scope of practice task force to make recommendations to the general assembly for the improvement of the health of residents of the state by providing access to quality and cost-effective care. Requires the task force to submit a report of its findings to the general assembly by January 15, 2017, at which time the task force will cease to exist.
Public ChapterPC1046
Effective Date04/28/2016

Insurance Automobiles - 1


SB2463 / HB2305 TN Financial Responsibility law - requirements.
CategoryInsurance Automobiles
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Roger Kane
DescriptionBeginning January 1, 2017, increases the minimum single policy limit, cash deposit, and bond amount required for proof of insurance under the Tennessee Financial Responsibility law from $60,000 each to $65,000.
Public ChapterPC663
Effective Date03/29/2016

Insurance General - 9


SB82 / HB72 Tax reporting by insurance companies.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises various provisions regarding tax reporting by insurance companies. Allows commissioner of commerce and insurance to waive certain requirements for insurance companies concerning principal place of business and electronic reporting of taxes. Specifies certain taxes may be payable on electronic return forms. Changes dates that certain insurance companies may request reduction of gross premiums tax. Alters exemptions to premium tax returns and payments. Alters deadlines for reports of surplus lines insurance agents. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC155
Effective Date04/16/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC156
Effective Date04/16/2015
SB291 / HB253 Broadens sinkhole definition for insurance purposes.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Ron Travis
DescriptionBroadens the definition of a "covered building," now to be labeled as a "covered structure," for purposes of sinkhole insurance coverage to include the residential structure and the contents of the personal property contained within the structure.
Public ChapterPC162
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC188
Effective Date04/22/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC227
Effective Date04/21/2015
SB905 / HB1109 Travel Insurance Producer Limited License Act.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
DescriptionEnacts the "Travel Insurance Producer Limited License Act." Establishes a limited lines travel insurance producer license in order to allow a limited lines insurance producer to sell travel insurance through a licensed insurer. Establishes a $500 fee for the filing of an application for a limited lines travel insurance producer business entity license. Imposes several requirements upon any entity seeking a license, including the creation of a register, made by the travel insurance supervising entity, of each travel retailer offering travel insurance on the travel insurance supervising entity's behalf. Requires any travel retailer to make available written materials explaining certain information to prospective purchasers. Prohibits unlicensed insurance producers from holding themselves out as licensed producers or experts as well as providing advice on insurance coverage or interpreting technical terms of the offered travel insurance coverage.
Public ChapterPC460
Effective Date01/01/2016
SB2532 / HB2568 Revises provisions regarding accreditation and reinsurance.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionEstablishes governance standards for risk retention groups and requires existing risk retention groups to ensure compliance with such standards within one year of the effective date of this act. Requires each registered insurer and each registered health maintenance organization to report to the commissioner of commerce and insurance all dividends and other distributions to shareholders within five days following the declaration thereof and at least ten days prior to their payment. Current law specifies 15 days following the declaration. Requires the commissioner to promulgate rules that establish procedures to consider promptly the informational prepayment notices and standards and to review annually all ordinary dividends within the preceding 12 months. Revises various provisions regarding accreditation and reinsurance of insurance companies (29 pp.). Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC735
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB2107 / HB1922 Revises definition of pet for pet insurance.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Jeremy Faison
DescriptionChanges the definition of "pet" in regard to pet insurance from any domesticated animal normally maintained in or near the household of its owner to any animal normally maintained in or near the household of its owner. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC977
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2402 / HB2228 Method for captive insurance company to redomesticate to state.
CategoryInsurance General
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Jason Zachary
DescriptionPermits a foreign or alien insurer to become a domestic captive insurance company by complying with the requirements of the Revised Tennessee Captive Insurance Act (RTCIA). Allows the foreign insurer to be organized under any lawful corporate form permitted by the RTCIA. Requires that the captive insurance company no longer be a domestic legal entity of the foreign jurisdiction upon redomesticating to Tennessee, and that it file the appropriate documents with the secretary of state. Specifies that a redomesticating company is only liable for premium taxes paid to the company after redomesticating, and if such occurs after July 1 the company is only subject to half of the minimum premium tax. Permits the company to forego the premium payments in either its first or second year of operations, but not both. Provides that if the company chooses this option and then surrenders its license after five years, it must pay the tax plus ten percent. Requires the pleadings brought against a captive insurance company specify protected cells that are party to the suit. Prevents the assets of the protected cell(s) from being encumbered or seized to satisfy the obligations of a judgment. Provides that the captive insurance company is to be treated as a pure captive insurance company for the purpose of calculating the premium tax. Provides that Tennessee citizens who own a captive insurance company and redomesticate it to Tennessee before December 31, 2018 are not liable for unreported taxes due while the company was foreign.
Public ChapterPC1018
Effective Date04/28/2016

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.
Public ChapterPC157
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB113 / HB102 Amends the Access Tennessee Act of 2006.
CategoryInsurance Health
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRedefines "creditable coverage" to mean coverage of an individual that provides the minimum essential coverage required under 26 U.S.C. 500A. Gives Access Tennessee the power to purchase policies of insurance. Current law only gives Access Tennessee the authority to issue policies of insurance. Removes language that deems a person ineligible for coverage if the pool has paid out $1,000,000 in benefits on behalf of the person over the lifetime of the person or if the person has or obtains health insurance coverage substantially similar or more comprehensive than a pool policy. Also removes language that deems a person ineligible for coverage if the person's premium are paid for or reimbursed under any government sponsored program or by any government agency or health care provider. Specifies that the program shall offer at least one form of coverage to each eligible person. Also specifies that coverage may be modeled after one of the healthcare options offered to state employees or may combine a health savings account with a high deductible plan. Further states that coverage may be obtained through the commercial market. Makes other changes to the "Access Tennessee Act of 2006." Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC185
Effective Date04/22/2015
SB602 / HB643 Taxation rate on HMOs.
CategoryInsurance Health
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionIncreases the rate of tax imposed on HMOs doing business in this state on the gross amount of dollars collected from an enrollee or on an enrollee's behalf from five and one-half percent to six percent. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC362
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1789 / HB1697 Appeal challenging maximum allowable cost for drug, medical device.
CategoryInsurance Health
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. David Shepard
DescriptionAllows a pharmacy to designate a pharmacy services administrative organization to file and handle an appeal challenging the maximum allowable cost set for a particular drug or medical product or device on behalf of the pharmacy. Defines "pharmacy services administrative organization" as an entity that provides contracting and other administrative services to pharmacies to assist them in their interaction with third-party payers, pharmacy benefits managers, drug wholesalers, and other entities.
Public ChapterPC631

Judiciary - 42


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.
Public ChapterPC167
Effective Date07/01/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC180
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1119 / HB630 Davidson County - litigation tax on general sessions court cases.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionRemoves restriction that prohibits Davidson County from imposing a litigation tax on cases in general sessions court. Requires proceeds to support the general sessions court.
Public ChapterPC223
Effective Date04/20/2015
SB594 / HB672 Using interpreters to interview children during abuse investigations.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Ferrell Haile / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionRequires an investigator or law enforcement officer investigating a possible domestic or child abuse case involving a hearing impaired child to use an interpreter outside the presence of child's parent or family member to interview the child. Authorizes interpretation to occur using electronic means.
Public ChapterPC231
Effective Date04/21/2015
SB819 / HB1285 Limits defendants named in a healthcare liability action.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionClarifies that a health care liability action against a licensee may be brought only against the licensee, the licensee's management company, the licensee's managing employees, or an individual caregiver who provided direct health care services, whether an employee or independent contractor. Excludes a passive investor. Prohibits a cause of action unless, after a hearing on a motion for leave to amend, the court or arbitrator determines there is sufficient evidence in the record or proffered by the claimant to establish a reasonable showing that: 1) A duty of care existed and there was a breach of that duty; and 2) The breach of that duty is a legal cause of loss, injury, death, or damage to the claimant. Specifies that when determining the statute of limitations in a health care liability action, the date of the original pleading shall control regardless of whether there are amended pleadings or substituted or added parties.
Public ChapterPC254
Effective Date04/24/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC257
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB140 / HB496 Expunction records - removal and destruction.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Karen D. Camper
DescriptionRevises deadline for removal and destruction of expunged records to 60 days from the date of the expunction order, rather than 60 days from the date of filing the petition for expunction.
Public ChapterPC295
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB666 / HB494 Child violating curfew may be taken to designated curfew center.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Karen D. Camper
DescriptionCreates a new disposition option of taking a minor who violates curfew to a designated curfew center rather than juvenile court. Revises juvenile employment curfew provisions.
Public ChapterPC319
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB720 / HB808 Evidence - video recording of a forensic interview with a child.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts
DescriptionAllows court to admit into evidence a video recording of a forensic interview with a child conducted by a nonprofit child advocacy organization accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, or by a child advocacy organization that employs a director not meeting the necessary criteria, but is supervised by a publicly elected official.
Public ChapterPC320
Effective Date04/28/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC326
Effective Date04/28/2015
SB1337 / HB619 Inspection of information acquired by a county trustee.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Randy McNally / Rep. Andrew Farmer
DescriptionSpecifies that credit card information, debit card information, bank account and routing information, email addresses, and telephone numbers acquired by the county trustee is confidential information that is not open for public inspection and should be redacted whenever possible. Authorizes law enforcement agencies, courts, or other government agencies performing official functions to inspect confidential information acquired by county trustee. Specifies that confidential information in a document or file does not limit inspection of information in the file that is open for public inspection.
Public ChapterPC374
Effective Date05/04/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC387
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1103 / HB1046 Procedures regarding disposition of confiscated or firearms.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionRequires that all firearms acquired by any law enforcement agency or political subdivision of the state to be disposed of within six months of being acquired or, if used as evidence, within six months of return from the court. Specifies that all agencies must use best efforts to first determine if a firearm was lost or stolen by an innocent owner, and if so, return the firearm to owner if lawful for owner to possess, receive, or purchase a firearm. Requires all other firearms to be sold at public auction unless there is no bid received within six months of being placed on auction, or the firearm is unsafe for use. Specifies that firearms not sold at auction must be transferred to TBI for training and experimental purposes, given to a museum or historical society for display, or destroyed. Requires all agencies to keep records of the disposition and proceeds of each disposition of all firearms for 10 years.
Public ChapterPC408
Effective Date05/08/2015
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.
Public ChapterPC437
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB886 / HB1304 Petitioning for relief from firearms disability.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Mary Littleton
DescriptionEstablishes procedures by which a person who was previously judicially committed or adjudicated as a mental defective can petition the court that entered the judicial commitment or adjudication order for relief from the resulting firearms disabilities. Requires district attorney general of district where commitment or adjudication occurred to be notified of the petition to restore firearms rights. Requires court to notify TBI when a person's petition is granted. Specifies records to be updated or destroyed by TBI upon granting a person the requested relief.
Public ChapterPC459
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB1221 / HB979 Prohibited subpoenas - certain clergy member's sermons.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Matthew Hill
DescriptionProhibits a state or local government entity from subpoenaing a clergy member's sermon for a civil or administrative action.
Public ChapterPC472
Effective Date05/18/2015
SB933 / HB1342 Admission of victim's photo in murder trials.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Janice Bowling / Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
DescriptionSpecifies that in murder trials the victim and the victim's family have a right to have a photograph that reasonably depicts the victim admitted at trial during the state's case-in-chief. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC527
Effective Date07/01/2015
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, then 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.)
Public ChapterPC528
Effective Date01/28/2016
SB1398 / HB703 Source of continuing education for judicial commissioners.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Kerry Roberts / Rep. Sabi Kumar
DescriptionRequires Robertson County to impose a $2.00 litigation tax on all criminal charges to be deposited into the judicial commissioner continuing education account to fund continuing education. Authorizes counties that previously voted to allow judicial commissioners to receive some of the required training under the supervision of the appointing general sessions judge, rather than the Judicial Commissioners Association of Tennessee or the Tennessee Court Clerks Association, to rescind that action by a two-thirds majority vote of its county legislative body.
Public ChapterPC531
SB2575 / HB2494 Revises various provisions regarding juvenile court proceedings.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionRevises various provisions regarding juvenile court proceedings, including adding requirements to a juvenile court petition and adding commencement of a proceeding by filing a citation.
Public ChapterPC598
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2574 / HB2495 Pretrial or judicial diversion of juveniles.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionAdds "contributing to the dependency of a minor" to the juvenile court's jurisdiction with the general sessions court. Also amends juvenile court procedural requirements; grants statutory authority for pretrial or judicial diversion of juveniles.
Public ChapterPC600
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2571 / HB1812 Changes to the procedure for appeals from juvenile court.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionMakes several revisions to the procedure for appeals from juvenile court, including stating the requirements for an interlocutory appeal of order granting or denying a motion to suppress the use of evidence in a transfer hearing. Requires the juvenile court, in determining whether to grant permission for an interlocutory appeal, to consider the likelihood of irreparable injury to the state if the evidence is excluded or to the defendant if the evidence is admitted. Specifies that the criminal court or the circuit court shall have jurisdiction over the interlocutory appeal.
Public ChapterPC637
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2032 / HB2078 Knox County - court costs for indigent defendants.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Richard Briggs / Rep. Bill Dunn
DescriptionAllows a general sessions court judge or criminal court judge in Knox County to suspend court costs and litigation tax for indigent defendants. Allows the criminal court clerk, at the clerk's discretion, to implement community service program in lieu of full payment of court costs and litigation taxes for indigent defendants.
Public ChapterPC675
Effective Date03/29/2016
SB745 / HB870 Permit action against ABC to be brought in chancery and circuit court.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Steven Dickerson / Rep. Cameron Sexton
DescriptionPermits suits against ABC to be brought in either the chancery court or circuit court in Davidson County.
Public ChapterPC697
Effective Date04/06/2016
SB2572 / HB1889 Provisions regarding juvenile cases heard by magistrates.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. John J. Deberry Jr.
DescriptionRevises provisions regarding juvenile court magistrates to require them to file an order upon the conclusion of a hearing and to inform each party of the right to a hearing, the time limits within which to request a hearing, and guidelines for such a request. Extends the time period in which a party may request a hearing from five to ten days. Imposes a ten-day limit on the juvenile judge's authority to order a hearing after entry of the magistrate's order. Removes the requirement for an order of confirmation of a magistrate's order recommending termination of parental rights.
Public ChapterPC716
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2573 / HB1890 Juvenile court procedure - summons in proceeding.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. John J. Deberry Jr.
DescriptionAfter a petition is filed in juvenile court, present law requires the court to fix a time for a hearing on the petition and direct the issuance of a summons to the legal parents, guardian or other custodian, guardian ad litem, and any other persons as appear to the court to be proper or necessary parties to the proceeding, requiring them to appear before the court at the time fixed to answer the allegations of the petition. The summons must also be directed to the child if the child is 14 years of age or more or is alleged to be a delinquent or unruly child. The summons must also be directed to any persons, other than the legal father, alleged to be the biological father of the child and whose parental rights have not been terminated, if the child is alleged to be a dependent and neglected or abused child. This bill instead requires the clerk to schedule the hearing and issue summons to the parties. This bill deletes present law requirements concerning the timing of service depending on whether the party sought to be served is within the state or without the state, and whether the party can be found. This bill retains the present law provision that authorizes service by publication if a party cannot be found, or a party's post office address cannot be ascertained, after reasonable effort.
Public ChapterPC717
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2022 / HB1791 Supreme court to set costs for functions performed by court clerks.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Brian K. Kelsey / Rep. Jon Lundberg
DescriptionAllows the supreme court, whether through order or rule, to set all filing costs, fees, charges and surcharges for documents filed in and functions performed by the clerks of the appellate courts or board of judicial conduct.
Public ChapterPC721
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1948 / HB2159 Increase to filing fees charged by court clerks.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Ken Yager / Rep. John Ragan
DescriptionMakes permanent the $2.00 increases to the filing fees charged by court clerks and data fee entry chargeable by clerks that are scheduled to expire July 1, 2016.
Public ChapterPC731
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB1774 / HB1509 Notice to TBI of final disposition of criminal proceedings.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Courtney Rogers
DescriptionSpecifies that clerks of general sessions court and circuit courts clerks are required to notify the TBI of final disposition of criminal proceedings as soon as practicable but no later than 15 days after final disposition of the proceedings.
Public ChapterPC739
Effective Date04/07/2016
SB1781 / HB1734 Supreme court - application for interlocutory or extraordinary appeal.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Mike Carter
DescriptionAuthorizes the supreme court, upon its own motion, to assume jurisdiction over an undecided case in which a notice of appeal or an application for interlocutory or extraordinary appeal that is filed with an intermediate state appellate court.
Public ChapterPC755
Effective Date04/12/2016
SB1585 / HB1560 Disinterment of human remains for collection of evidence.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Sheila Butt
DescriptionPermits a county medical examiner and certain district attorneys general to request the district attorney general in the district where the body is buried or interred to file a petition in circuit or criminal court for the disinterment of the deceased for the purpose of performing an autopsy, collecting evidence for a pending criminal investigation, collecting of forensic evidence, or obtaining DNA evidence.
Public ChapterPC799
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2419 / HB2298 Confidentiality of assessment reports compiled by juvenile court.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Jeff Yarbro / Rep. Bill Beck
DescriptionSpecifies that all reports and materials compiled by the juvenile court in Davidson County in connection with an assessment report are to be deemed confidential and are not public record. Also specifies that assessment reports and related materials are not subject to any court subpoena. Specifies the limited purposes for which access to assessment reports and related materials are to be granted.
Public ChapterPC833
Effective Date04/21/2016
SB2377 / HB1679 Attorneys' fees awarded for state government employees.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionRequires attorneys' fees to be awarded for state government employees when such employees are sued in individual capacity and the state employee prevails in the proceedings.
Public ChapterPC848
Effective Date06/01/2016
SB1884 / HB2335 Complaints filed with the TN human rights commission.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Reginald Tate / Rep. Johnny W. Shaw
DescriptionEliminates requirement that a party remove a case to state court within 90 days after the complaint is filed if the Tennessee human rights commission determines there is reasonable cause to believe discrimination took place.
Public ChapterPC863
Effective Date04/19/2016
SB2120 / HB2406 Adjudications in juvenile court - fees.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Charles M. Sargent
DescriptionAuthorizes the clerks of special juvenile courts and courts of general sessions having juvenile court jurisdiction to collect $75 from any person who enters a plea of guilty, enters a plea of nolo contendere, is adjudicated at trial, or whose case is handled under pretrial diversion or retirement, or is found in violation of the terms and conditions of a probationary or valid court order. Specifies that the fees collected from such adjudications are to be used exclusively for the creation and maintenance of new juvenile court facilities.
Public ChapterPC901
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2315 / HB2514 Criminal injuries compensation fund - forensic medical exams.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Sara Kyle / Rep. Jim Coley
DescriptionIncreases from $750 to $1,250 the maximum amount payable by the criminal injuries compensation fund for the provision of forensic medical examinations performed on victims of sexually oriented crimes.
Public ChapterPC905
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1597 / HB1651 Civil proceedings - persons adjudicated incompetent.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. David B. Hawk
DescriptionAmends references of "persons adjudicated incompetent" to "persons who lack capacity to understand their legal rights and liabilities," for the purposes of civil proceedings.
Public ChapterPC932
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB1998 / HB1857 Charging of transaction fee for electronic filings and signings.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Bill Ketron / Rep. Dawn White
DescriptionAuthorizes the clerk in any court where electronic filing, signing, or verification of papers is authorized by court rule to assess a transaction fee for each filing submitted on an individual basis. Specifies that the transaction fee shall be limited to a maximum of $5.00 per filing up to a maximum of $50.00 per case. As an alternative to a transaction fee, allows clerks to assess an annual subscription fee for each registered user of the electronic filing system.
Public ChapterPC970
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB2584 / HB2493 Reporting standards in the juvenile justice system.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Raumesh Akbari
DescriptionIncreases the penalty for fraudulently obtaining TennCare benefits from a Class E felony to a Class D felony. Requires a person who pleads guilty or no contest or who is found guilty of TennCare fraud to be fined $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second, and $1,000 for the third or subsequent offense. Increases the penalty for selling or delivering drugs obtained from TennCare from a Class E felony to a Class D felony.
Public ChapterPC1005
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2588 / HB1936 Establishes an adult protective investigative team.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Kelly Keisling
DescriptionRequires the district attorney general of each judicial district to establish an adult protective investigative team for the purpose of coordinating investigations and responses to suspected instances of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults.
Public ChapterPC1006
Effective Date04/27/2016
SB408 / HB526 Certain state trial court judges commissioned as senior judges.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Doug Overbey / Rep. Andrew Farmer
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.
Public ChapterPC1023
Effective Date04/28/2016
SB1558 / HB1479 Removes first witness requirement under certain circumstances.
CategoryJudiciary
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. William G. Lamberth
DescriptionSpecifies that in criminal cases a person designated by counsel for a party that is not a natural person and who is not excluded from courtroom by rules of evidence is not required to be called as first witness if court finds no prejudice to result. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC1034
Effective Date04/28/2016

Labor Law - 10


SB103 / HB92 Additional employees covered by OSHA.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionAllows employees covered by the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act to be covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC23
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB330 / HB226 Application of the Prevailing Wage Act.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Jack Johnson / Rep. Barry Doss
DescriptionSpecifies that the Prevailing Wage Act applies only to state highway construction projects and does not apply to private roads.
Public ChapterPC68
Effective Date04/06/2015
SB1058 / HB994 Discharge of employee for storing firearm in parking lot.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Mark Green / Rep. Curry Todd
DescriptionCreates a cause of action against an employer for discharge or adverse employment action based solely on transportation or storage of a firearm or firearm ammunition in an employer parking lot. Establishes burden of establishing prima facie case of discharge with the employee.
Public ChapterPC80
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB102 / HB91 Dept. of labor and workforce development - electronic communication.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionPermits the use of electronic communications in sending and receiving notifications, notices, decisions, and correspondences between the department of labor and workforce development and an individual or entity who chooses to receive electronic communications. Deletes the provision prohibiting the reconsideration of a decision because the claimant is subsequently convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. Deletes the provision whereby any overpayment, created as a result of a reconsideration due to a claimant being subsequently convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, will be determined as fraud and the administrator shall not waive repayment of the overpaid amounts. Deletes the provision allowing the department to exercise its right of set off if the obligation of the debtor was a result of fraud or any penalties and interest assessed on by the department. Reduces the employee number from 250 to 10 whereby an employer must be required to file a wage and premium report. Revises other various unemployment compensation provisions. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC95
Effective Date07/01/2015
SB475 / HB757 Franchisee not employee of franchisor.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Mike Bell / Rep. Andy Holt
DescriptionClarifies that unless a franchisee enters into an agreement with the US department of labor, neither a franchisee nor a franchisee's employees are deemed employees of the franchisor for any purpose. Specifies that the definitions of "franchisee" and "franchisor" are the same as the federal definitions set out in 16 CFR 436.1. Broadly captioned.
Public ChapterPC114
Effective Date04/10/2015
SB281 / HB1347 Contract negotiations made less restrictive involving rail transit.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Becky Duncan Massey / Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
DescriptionPermits a railroad authority to negotiate all labor portions of certain rehabilitation contracts, instead of being restricted to negotiating only the non-bridge labor portion of such contracts.
Public ChapterPC300
Effective Date04/24/2015
SB2066 / HB2556 Dept. of labor and workforce development - report on final orders.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. John Stevens / Rep. Jeremy Durham
DescriptionRequires the department of labor and workforce development to submit a report annually to each member of the general assembly of the total number of final orders issued pursuant to the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act and the total number of violations regarding prohibited contracts. Requires the report to be submitted by December 1 of each year.
Public ChapterPC676
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB2556 / HB1552 Seasonal employment.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Mark S. Norris / Rep. Gerald McCormick
DescriptionRevises various provisions of the Tennessee Employment Security Law. Provides adjustments for the taxable wage base. Specifies that if the balance is below the trigger level at the subsequent reading of the unemployment trust fund balance, the taxable wage base will not change. Delays the implementation of the seasonal employment provisions until July 1, 2020. Redefines seasonal worker to mean an employer that customarily employs workers only during a regularly recurring period of 26 consecutive weeks or less, instead of 36 weeks or less, within a calendar year and has been determine to be a seasonal employer by the department of labor and workforce development. Removes requirement that a successor to a seasonal employer be deemed a seasonal employer unless the successor requests cancellation of the seasonal employer status within 120 days after the acquisition. Requires application for seasonal employer determination be submitted between September 1 and October 31 of each year. Requires applicants to have an experience rating, have no unpaid liability, and not be delinquent in submitting any premium and wage reports or required payments in the four quarters preceding the application. Specifies that a determination of seasonal employer status will be effective January 1 through December 31 and will not have retroactive effect. Stipulates that the department will determine the employer's active seasonal period. Provides that any seasonal employer determination rendered with respect to an employer will be final and conclusive upon the employer for all purposes and in all proceedings whatsoever unless the employer has timely filed with the division of employment security a written application for review and redetermination. Permits department to reconsider active seasonal period and seasonal employer status of any seasonal employer. Allows department to terminate seasonal employer status upon request from the seasonal employer. Prohibits seasonal workers from performing services for the same seasonal employer outside the employer's designated active seasonal period. Requires seasonal employers to display notices of seasonal determination on employer's premises. Requires seasonal employers to give notice prior to beginning of each seasonal period that the seasonal wages are potentially excludable from the base period and to provide dates for beginning and ending of the period. Prohibits inclusion of wages from seasonal employment in the base period for any week of unemployment commencing during the inactive seasonal period between two successive active seasonal periods. Provides that if the claimant performs the services in an active seasonal period and a reasonable assurance is provided that the claimant will perform the service for the seasonal employer during the following active seasonal period. Stipulates that wages from seasonal employment will be included in the base period for any week of unemployment commencing during the employer's active seasonal period. Increases penalty for receiving unemployment benefits by knowingly misrepresenting any material fact, from 7.5 percent to 15 percent of the overpaid benefits used to defray the costs of deterring or collecting overpayments. Requires commissioner to further assess a penalty equal to 35 percent for the second and each subsequent instance of overpaid benefits. Part of Administration Package.
Public ChapterPC751
Effective Date07/01/2016
SB1965 / HB1830 Changes to the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act.
CategoryLabor Law
SponsorsSen. Jim Tracy /