133 new Tennessee laws take effect July 1

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – There is a total of 133 new laws or amendments to laws that will take effect in Tennessee on July 1. Here’s a run down so you know what’s coming.

1. Gas prices are going up

The IMPROVE Act cuts taxes on food, but raises prices on gas and registration in order to pay for road and bridge funding.

The tax on a gallon of gas is going up by 4 cents on July 1, and then 1 cent each of the following two years, adding up to 6 cents total. The tax on diesel fuel is going up by a total of 10 cents over the next three years.

The cost to register a vehicle in Tennessee will increase by $5 for passenger motor vehicles, $10 for buses and taxis and $20 for semis and tractor trailers. Electric vehicles will have an additional $100 registration fee.

2. Firearm silencers are now legal

In this photo taken Jan. 27, 2017, a handgun with a silencer and two magazines are shown at a gun range in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

The Tennessee Hearing Protection Act of 2017 lets people use silencers on guns in Tennessee. Supporters said the measure will help protect sportsmen’s ears.

Legislation was also passed that allows people who can legally have loaded or unloaded guns and ammunition to bring them on their boats. Proponents have said the bill brings more clarity to the current law.

3. Teachers are getting more money for classroom supplies

Ask any Tennessee public school teacher how much money they spend on students out of their own pockets and you’ll always hear at least “several hundred dollars” and many times “as much as a thousand.”

Currently, $200 is set aside for every public teacher in K-12 for instructional supplies. The $200 is divided with $100 given to each teacher for instructional supplies as determined necessary by the teacher and $100 being pooled with all such teachers in a school and spent as determined by a committee of the teachers for such purpose.

A new law increases removes the requirement that half of the funds be pooled and instead allocates the entire amount to each teacher for instructional supplies as determined necessary by the teacher.

4. Blocking a public street is a crime

A traffic safety bill makes blocking public highways and streets in an area that restricts emergency vehicle access a misdemeanor. The offense is punishable by a fine of $200.

The law could impact protestors who stand in the street and restrict emergency vehicles.

5. Tougher rules for public employees who commit crimes while on the job

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An amendment is making it more difficult for public employees accused of a misdemeanor offense during their employment to avoid punishment. Currently, employees can file for suspended prosecution or pretrial diversion.

Suspended prosecution allows the case to be put on hold for six months. After the conclusion of six months, the case could be dismissed if there were no other similar offenses during the six months.

A pretrial diversion is a voluntary program for defendants charged with misdemeanors or criminal violations. When a defendant successfully completes the program, a recommendation is made to the court to dismiss the charges.

The new law makes it so that public employees who commit misdemeanor offenses during their employment do not qualify for suspended prosecution or pretrial diversion.

6. Fines for voter fraud

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An amendment to Tennessee’s election laws requires a court to impose an additional $1,000 fine for a conviction for voter fraud. It also provides a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of voter fraud.

7. Spoofing is illegal

Spoofed phone in Oak Ridge (Photo: City of Oak Ridge)

Caller ID lets consumers avoid unwanted phone calls by displaying caller names and phone numbers, but the caller ID feature is sometimes manipulated by “spoofers” who masquerade as representatives of banks, creditors, insurance companies, or even the government.

An amendment is adding tougher punishment for those manipulating caller identification or text messages. It makes “spoofing” a Class A misdemeanor.

8. Increased sentencing for people who target police or military

People convicted of committing a violent offense against a uniformed law enforcement officer or uniformed member of the military or national guard where the victim was selected because of their occupation will face tougher sentencing. An amendment to a sentencing law allows the defendant’s sentence to be increased.

9. Abortion after 20 weeks

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A new law bans abortions in Tennessee after 20 weeks if a doctor determines the fetus is viable through required tests. The legislation that subjects doctors to felony penalties doesn’t apply if the mother faces risks of death or serious damage to a major bodily function.

10. Homeowner’s associations can’t restrict how you display the American flag

Under a new law that takes effect July 1, 2017 a homeowner’s association can’t enforce rules that prohibit displaying the flag of the United State of America or an official or replica flag of any branch of the United States armed forces on the property owner’s property.

11. Purple paint is now a no trespassing sign

Property owners can now use purple paint on trees or posts as an alternative to posting “no trespassing” signs. The property owner must post at least one sign at a major point that specifies that the use of purple paint signifies “no trespassing.”

12. Yearly armed intruder drills in schools

Tennessee school safety teams are required to conduct at least one armed intruder drill each year.

13. Desecrating a place of worship or burial is now a felony

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An amendment increases the punishment for intentionally desecrating a place of worship or burial from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony.

14. Nurses practitioners can give minors drugs for STDs without a parent’s consent

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A new bill authorizes physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives to treat minors for sexually transmitted diseases. They are also allowed to prescribe and dispense drugs to treat the STD. Currently, only health officers or physicians can treat minors with STDs without the knowledge of the parents of the minors.

15. Credit cards can charge 30 percent interest

A law increases the maximum annual interest rate that a bank may charge on credit card accounts from 21 percent to 30 percent.

More Tennessee laws that take effect July 1, 2017:

  1. SB0047 Election Laws – As enacted, reorders the presidential primary ballots to allow for candidates for state, county, and municipal offices to immediately follow the names of the presidential candidates; increases the number of vertical columns for each respective party’s primary election on the ballot from two to three. – Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 13 and Title 2, Chapter 5.
  2. 18 SB0341 Teachers, Principals and School Personnel – As enacted, authorizes a school counselor to refer or help facilitate a referral of a parent or legal guardian’s student to a counselor or therapist for mental health assessments or services. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 49 and Title 63.
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  3. Education – As enacted, requires LEAs to ensure schools provide parents and guardians with information about influenza and the effectiveness of vaccination at the beginning of each school year; requires nonpublic schools to provide parents and guardians with information about influenza and the effectiveness of vaccination at the beginning of each school year. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 50 and Title 49, Chapter 6.
  4. SB0782 TennCare – As enacted, adds additional parties who are required to provide certain information to the commissioner of finance and administration, the bureau of TennCare, or managed care organization regarding recovery of benefits; amends related reporting requirements. – Amends TCA Section 71-5-117.
  5. SB0809 Teachers, Principals and School Personnel – As enacted, moves up the deadline for the state board of education to release the teacher preparation training report from November 1 of each year to February 15 of each year. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 5.
  6. SB0461 Pharmacy, Pharmacists – As enacted, expands to include pharmacists in the prohibition on discrimination by managed health insurance issuers against optometrists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, and chiropractors solely on the basis of their license or certification, if such providers are acting within the scope of their license or certification. – Amends TCA Section 56-32-129.
  7. SB0016 Criminal Procedure – As enacted, clarifies that a person petitioning for a certificate of employability does not have to be in the process of restoring the person’s rights of citizenship. – Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 29, Part 1.
  8. SB0167 Dept. of Correction – As enacted, authorizes the commissioner, for good cause, to extend the six-month period within which a claim against the state for costs must be submitted to the department by an additional six months; effective until June 30, 2018. – Amends TCA Section 40-25-144.
  9. SB0199 Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities – As enacted, establishes the Tennessee council on autism spectrum disorder. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 68.
  10. SB0518 Pharmacy, Pharmacists – As enacted, removes the board of pharmacy’s oversight of facilities that distribute dialysate and devices necessary to perform peritoneal kidney dialysis to patients with end stagerenal disease if the facility meets certain criteria. –Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 10.
  11. SB0690 Sentencing – As enacted, adds public employees to the list of those ineligible for suspended prosecution and pretrial diversion for a misdemeanor offense committed in the course of the person’s employment, under the same provisions currently applicable to elected and appointed state and local officials so charged. – Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 15.
  12. SB0996 Traffic Safety – As enacted, requires a motor vehicle to yield the right-of-way by making a lane change, if possible, or reduce speed and proceed with due caution when approaching a stationary motor vehicle that is giving signal by use of flashing lights and located on the shoulder, emergency lane, or median. – Amends TCA Title 55.
  13. SB1266 Tennessee Regulatory Authority – As enacted, limits the TRA’s jurisdiction over an investor-owned electric power company serving Tennessee customers on the western side of the Mississippi River to hearing complaints alleging certain levels of service and rate violations and granting appropriate relief. – Amends TCA Title 65, Chapter 4, Part 1.
  14. SB0139 Equalization Board – As enacted, revises notice requirements for final decisions reached by county boards of equalization to require inclusion of the taxpayer’s right to electronically file an appeal to the state board, the current address of the state board, all relevant statutory deadlines, and other information required by the state board. – Amends TCA Section 67-5-1411.
  15. SB0377 Campaigns and Campaign Finance – As enacted, requires that campaign funds be deposited into a financial institution insured by the FDIC or the national credit union administration that is authorized to do business in this state. – Amends TCA Title 2,Chapter 10.
  16. SB0902 Traffic Safety – As enacted, makes the offense of obstructing public highways and streets where the obstruction restricts emergency vehicle access a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $200. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17; Title 54 and Title 55.
  17. 122 SB1202 Dept. of Financial Institutions – As enacted, revises various provisions relating to the licensing of certain non-depository financial institutions. – Amends TCA Title 45, Chapter 13; Title 45, Chapter 15; Title 45, Chapter 18; Title 45, Chapter 5 and Title 56, Chapter 37.
  18. HB0520 Libraries – As enacted, revises provisions related to the operation of local libraries and the state regional library system; specifies terms for board service. – Amends TCA Title 3, Chapter 1; Title 10, Chapter 3; Title 10, Chapter 5; Title 10, Chapter 8; Title 10, Chapter 1 and Title 40, Chapter 39.
  19. HB1112 Domestic Violence – As enacted, requires the court to give a defendant intending to plead guilty to a domestic violence offense notice of the firearm dispossession consequences of a domestic violence conviction and sets out a procedure for a person convicted of domestic violence to terminate possession of all firearms. – Amends TCA Section 39-13-111 and Section 40-14-109.
  20. SB0238 Equalization Board – As enacted, changes the standard of review for property tax appeals by limiting review to the record before the hearing examiner. – Amends TCA Section 67-5-1505 and Section 67-5-1506.
  21. SB0274 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, revises offense of criminal trespass in regard to grounds and common areas of housing and apartment complexes. – Amends TCA Section 39-11-106 and Section 39-14-405.
  22. SB0293 Children – As enacted, authorizes a physician to provide peripartum analgesia and peripartum care to a minor who is at least 14 years of age without the knowledge or consent of a parent. – Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 6.
  23. 140 SB0433 Juvenile Courts – As enacted, revises provisions governing certain juvenile-related reporting requirements. – Amends TCA Title 37.
  24. 146 SB0693 Charitable Solicitations – As enacted, deletes registration requirement for professional fund raising counsel, which are persons who, for compensation, plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare material for a charitable organization for the solicitation of contributions in this state, but do not engage any person to solicit contributions on behalf of a charitable organization. – Amends TCA Title 48, Chapter 101.
  25. SB1191 Dept. of Commerce and Insurance – As enacted, adds universities, colleges, community colleges, and colleges of applied technology to the list of educational institution types for which the POST commission provides services; authorizes the POST commission to collect police recruit fingerprints for criminal record checks by the TBI and FBI; and revises the circumstances under which the POST commission must issue a certificate of compliance to a recruit. – Amends TCA Section 38-8-104 and Section 38-8-107.
  26. SB1305 Funeral Directors and Embalmers – As enacted, requires that of the 10 hours of continuing education coursework required for renewal of licensure of funeral directors and embalmers, 5 of those hours must be attended in person, which means the coursework is either completed in the physical presence of the provider of the coursework or through an interactive virtual program that requires participants to confirm their presence during the program. – Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 5.
  27. SB1318 Property Assessors – As enacted, clarifies that property assessors may retain electronic or digital copies of property tax exemption applications to comply with existing retention requirement. – Amends TCA Section 67-5-212.
  28. SB0019 Funeral Directors and Embalmers – As enacted, establishes requirements regarding the custody and transfer of remains in certain circumstances. – Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 7; Title 62, Chapter 5 and Title 68.
  29. SB0448 Boards and Commissions – As enacted, requires the board of podiatric medical examiners to establish a registration process for certain residents continuing their clinical education; authorizes a licensed orthotist or prosthetist to utilize one or more non-licensed persons to assist in the performance of minor repairs on devices that have been previously dispensed to patients and the performance of other tasks approved by the board. – Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 3.
  30. HB0534 Revenue – As enacted, enacts the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” or the “2017 Tax Cut Act.” -Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 4, Part 1; Title 55, Chapter 6; Title 67, Chapter 2; Title 67, Chapter 3; Title 67, Chapter 4; Title 67, Chapter 5 and Title 67, Chapter 6.
  31. HB0029 Victims’ Rights – As enacted, deletes the provision giving an alleged offender the right to have notice of and suspend all action concerning a claim for compensation by the victim under the criminal injuries compensation fund. – Amends TCA Section 29-13-108.
  32. HB0056 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, expands the offense of theft to include evading a component of an anti-shoplifting device, interfering with a fire alarm system, or using any artifice or article to commit or facilitate a theft, and makes other various changes; punishes a fifth or subsequent conviction in a two-year period one classification higher and imposes a fine of not less than $300 nor more than the maximum amount established for the appropriate offense classification. – Amends TCA Section 39-14-146.
  33. HB0077 Insurance, Motor Vehicles – As enacted, clarifies that off-highway vehicles operated on public roads are covered under the definition of “uninsured motor vehicle” for purposes of being covered under an uninsured motorist policy. – Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 12; Title 55, Chapter 8 and Title 56, Chapter 7.
  34. HB0113 Tobacco, Tobacco Products – As enacted, authorizes municipalities located in Putnam County to prohibit, by local ordinance, smoking on the grounds of an urban park center. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17.
  35. HB0577 Courts, Juvenile – As enacted, requires an adjudicating court to inform a child of the need to file a motion for expunction of a juvenile record; requires the administrative office of the courts to create a motion that can be completed by a child; requires juvenile court clerks to make the model expunction motion available to all children. -Amends TCA Section 37-1-153.
  36. HB0578 Courts, Juvenile – As enacted, requires expunction of certain juvenile records upon motion; requires an adjudicating court to inform a child of the need to file a motion for expunction of a juvenile record; requires the administrative office of the courts to create a motion that can be completed by a child; requires juvenile court clerks to make the model expunction motion available to all children. – Amends TCA Section 37-1-153.
  37. HB0579 Taxes, Real Property – As enacted, specifies that return of the receipt for a mailed summons or notice that is either signed by the defendant or marked refused is grounds for a default judgment in a delinquent property tax case. – Amends TCA Section 67-5-2415.
  38. HB0636 Juvenile Offenders – As enacted, makes various changes to the expunction of juvenile court records, including creating a process for the expunction of juvenile court records for cases in which the juvenile successfully completed pretrial or judicial diversion. – Amends TCA Section 37-1-153 and Section 40-32-101.
  39. HB0688 Firearms and Ammunition – As enacted, expands the exception to unlawful carrying or possession of a firearm or firearm ammunition to include carrying or possession in a boat; clarifies that the exception includes a loaded firearm, as well as a firearm or ammunition. – Amends TCA Section 39-17-1307.
  40. HB0733 Game and Fish Laws – As enacted, establishes that requirements on the size, placement and inspection of steel traps used in the taking of wildlife be set by rule or proclamation of the fish and wildlife commission, as necessary, rather than by statute. – Amends TCA Title 70, Chapter 1, Part 1 and Section 70-4-120.
  41. SB0154 Physicians and Surgeons – As enacted, revises certain requirements governing pain management clinics and pain management specialists. – Amends TCA Title 63.
  42. SB0305 Consumer Protection – As enacted, revises certain provisions regarding a litigation financier. – Amends TCA Section 47-16-105 and Section 47-16-109.
  43. SB0818 Water – As enacted, extends to a person who has contracted for the right to store water in a reservoir owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the exclusive rights to any return flows generated directly or indirectly to that reservoir by the person. -Amends TCA Title 69 and Title 70.
  44. SB0837 TennCare – As enacted, requires managed care organizations participating in the TennCare program to annually report to the bureau of TennCare certain information regarding treatment of claims for mental health and alcoholism or drug dependence benefits in relation to the requirements of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. – Amends TCA Title 56 and Title 71.
  45. SB0997 Banks and Financial Institutions – As enacted, increases the maximum annual interest rate (or equivalent daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly rate) that a bank may charge and collect with respect to extensions of credit made on credit card accounts from 21 percent to 30 percent. – Amends TCA Title 45, Chapter 2, Part 19.
  46. SB1188 Professions and Occupations – As enacted, revises various professional regulatory provisions, including provisions regarding cosmetologists, home inspectors, and engineers. – Amends TCA Title 62.
  47. HB0058 Public Records – As enacted, revises certain provisions governing open records requests, including the manner in which such requests may be made. – Amends TCA Title 10, Chapter 7, Part 5.
  48. HB0376 Statutes of Limitations and Repose – As enacted, limits any action to recover damages against a real estate appraiser arising out of the appraiser’s real estate appraisal activity to being brought within one year from a person’s discovery of the act or omission giving rise to the action; limits any disciplinary action against a real estate appraisal by the Board of Real Estate Appraisers from three years from the date the appraisal was completed. – Amends TCA Title 28 and Title 62, Chapter 39.
  49. HB0044 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation – As enacted, enacts the “Help Find the Missing Act.” – Amends TCA Title 38.
  50. HB0434 Orders of Protection – As enacted, requires a divorce court that modifies or makes an existing order of protection part of the divorce decree to issue a separate order of protection; requires the clerk to send a copy of the order to the petitioner, respondent, and the law enforcement agency. – Amends TCA Title 36, Chapter 3, Part 6.
  51. HB0584 TennCare – As enacted, authorizes the TennCare program to provide medical assistance for language interpreter services. – Amends TCA Title 71, Chapter 5.
  52. HB0686 Election Laws – As enacted, requires a court to impose an additional $1,000 fine for a conviction for voter fraud; provides a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for voter fraud. – Amends TCA Title 2 and Title 40.
  53. SB0458 Drugs, Prescription – As enacted, authorizes local education agencies and nonpublic schools to maintain opioid antagonists in schools. – Amends TCA Title 49 and Title 63.
  54. SB0511 Consumer Protection – As enacted, creates a Class A misdemeanor, civil penalties enforceable by the attorney general and reporter, and a private right of action related to “spoofing” of caller identification, facsimile, and text messaging services. – Amends TCA Title 29; Title 39, Chapter 17; Title 47, Chapter 18 and Title 65, Chapter 4, Part 4.
  55. SB0704 TennCare – As enacted, enacts the “Ground Ambulance Service Provider Assessment Act.” – Amends TCA Title 56; Title 68 and Title 71.
  56. SB0845 Medical Occupations – As enacted, clarifies that the exemptions from the licensure and regulatory requirements for medical physicians apply to surgeons of the United States army, navy, air force or marine hospital service regardless of the hospital or practice site, if the surgeon’s practice is part of the surgeon’s authorized military service or training. – Amends TCA Section 63-6-204.
  57. SB1252 Children – As enacted, amends the requirements for what is to be included in a petition filed in juvenile court; clarifies the requirement that a court conducting a termination of parental rights hearing admit evidence pursuant to the Tennessee Rules of Evidence. – Amends TCA Section 36-1-113; Section 37-1-120; Section 37-1-129 and Section 37-1-183.
  58. SB1267 Dept. of Financial Institutions – As enacted, enacts the “Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Financial Exploitation Prevention Act.” – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 45; Title 47, Chapter 30; Title 48, Chapter 1 and Title 71, Chapter 6.
  59. SB1342 Sentencing – As enacted, creates an enhancement factor, by which the defendant’s sentence can be increased, where the defendant is convicted of committing a violent offense against a uniformed law enforcement officer or uniformed member of the military or national guard and the defendant intentionally selected the victim because of the victim’s status as a law enforcement officer or service member. – Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
  60. SB0150 Nurses, Nursing – As enacted, authorizes physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives who are advanced practice registered nurses to treat minors with sexually transmitted diseases to the full extent of the person’s authority, including the authority to prescribe and dispense drugs relating to a sexually transmitted disease. – Amends TCA Title 63 and Title 68.
  61. SB0524 State Board of Education – As enacted, requires the state board to adopt a policy allowing American sign language courses to satisfy the foreign language credits required for graduation. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 10.
  62. SB1032 Welfare – As enacted, expands the licensure requirement for adult day care providers to include those who provide service to five or more, instead of 10 or more, adult recipients. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 12; Title 49; Title 68 and Title 71.
  63. SB1163 Estates – As enacted, makes various changes to probate law, including requiring that the receipt of a distributee or legatee be executed under penalty of perjury or sworn before the clerk or a notary public. – Amends TCA Title 30.
  64. HB0078 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, authorizes property owners to provide notice that trespassing is prohibited on their property by marking trees and posts with purple paint as an alternative to posting signs. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14.
  65. HB0166 Pensions and Retirement Benefits – As enacted, removes the 90-day limitation on a retired member of the Tennessee consolidated retirement system working as a substitute teacher. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 36 and Title 49.
  66. HB0615 Child Abuse – As enacted, adds the commission of trafficking for commercial sex act to the definitions of child sexual abuse and severe child abuse; redefines “caregiver” for the purposes of the laws governing the placement and custody of juveniles. – Amends TCA Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 1 and Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 6.
  67. HB1199 Election Laws – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Freedom of Speech Act.” – Amends TCA Title 2 and Title 66.
  68. HB0560 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, creates the misdemeanor offense of unauthorized release of a law enforcement officer’s residential address to the public, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor if the release is criminally negligent or a Class A misdemeanor if intentional. – Amends TCA Title 10, Chapter 7 and Title 39.
  69. HB0934 Taxes, Real Property – As enacted, revises various provisions of property tax law. -Amends TCA Title 28 and Title 67, Chapter 5.
  70. HB1049 Police – As enacted, imposes certain requirements to report to POST commission and employing agency on officers arrested for any offense; establishes minimum attendance requirement for commission members and requires removal of members who do not meet the requirement. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 38, Chapter 8, Part 1.
  71. HB0039 DUI Offenses – As enacted, requires search warrant or written consent prior to a blood test being performed to determine alcoholic or drug content of a driver’s blood; creates certain exceptions. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13; Title 40, Chapter 7, Part 1 and Title 55, Chapter 10, Part 4.
  72. HB0310 Charter Schools – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee High-Quality Charter Schools Act.” – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 13.
  73. HB0344 Victims’ Rights – As enacted, makes the identifying information of the minor victim of a criminal offense confidential and not open to inspection by members of the public, unless a court waives the confidentiality at the request of the minor’s custodial parent or legal guardian; creates certain exceptions. – Amends TCA Title 10, Chapter 7; Title 37; Title 38 and Title 39.
  74. HB0348 Divorce, Annulment and Alimony – As enacted, requires courts in making equitable division of marital property to consider all relevant evidence, including valuation methods typically used with regard to such assets without regard to whether the sale of the asset is reasonably foreseeable, in determining the value of an interest in a closely held business or similar asset. – Amends TCA Title 36, Chapter 4.
  75. HB0393 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, expands the offense of theft to include new home construction contractors who fail to refund amounts paid under contract under certain circumstances or deviate from or disregard plans or specifications in any material respect that are contained in a new home construction contract. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14.
  76. HB0404 Sexual Offenders – As enacted, requires courts to require any person who is, on or after July 1, 2017, placed on probation for an offense that would qualify the person as a child rapist or child sexual predator and who does not maintain either a primary or secondary residence, to enroll in a satellite-based monitoring and supervision program for the full extent of the person’s term of probation. – Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 39.
  77. HB0439 Local Education Agencies – As enacted, requires each school safety team to conduct at least one armed intruder drill annually. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 8.
  78. HB0473 Liens – As enacted, establishes requirements for marinas to have lien on floating cabin. – Amends TCA Title 66 and Title 69.
  79. 325 SB0162 Motor Vehicles, Titling and Registration – As enacted, revises provisions governing registration of certain motor vehicles that are registered by a business that registers at least 15,000 vehicles annually and is engaged in the rental of motor vehicles, trucks, and trailers for periods of 31 days or less. – Amends TCA Section 55-4-104.
  80. SB0241 Sunset Laws – As enacted, deletes provisions regarding the Tennessee economic council on women, which ceased to exist June 30, 2016. – Amends TCA Title 4; Section 38-6-114; Section 50-2-207 and Section 68-1-1803.
  81. SB0469 Real Property – As enacted, prohibits a homeowners’ association from adopting or enforcing a dedicatory instrument provision that prohibits, or has the effect of prohibiting, a property owner from displaying the flag of the United States of America or an official or replica flag of any branch of the United States armed forces on the property owner’s property; allows certain restrictions regarding display. -Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 66.
  82. SB0473 Professions and Occupations – As enacted, enacts the “Freedom to Prosper Act” to limit the circumstances under which local government entities may regulate certain occupations. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 56, Chapter 1, Part 3;Title 62 and Title 63.
  83. SB0523 Nurses, Nursing – As enacted, changes references to the professional relationship between physicians and advanced practice registered nurses and certified nurse practitioners from “supervisory” to “collaborative”. – Amends TCA Title 63 and Title 68.
  84. SB0921 Firearms and Ammunition – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Hearing Protection Act,” which deletes the prohibition on possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of a firearm silencer. – Amends TCA Section 39-17-1301 and Section 39-17-1302.
  85. SB1206 Mental Illness – As enacted, establishes procedures to be followed by the trial court for the diagnosis, evaluation, and initial treatment of persons found not guilty by reason of insanity for first-degree murder or certain other Class A felonies. – Amends TCA Section 33-7-303.
  86. SB1262 Taxes, Alcoholic Beverages – As enacted, extends by one year the manner in which liquor-by-the-drink tax proceeds are distributed to local political subdivisions. -Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 49; Title 57 and Title 67.
  87. SB0329 Professions and Occupations – As enacted, establishes provisions governing licensure of engineers for certain person’s with a master’s degree from an approved institution who have passed Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. – Amends TCA Section 62-2-401.
  88. SB1001 Forfeiture of Assets – As enacted, revises various provisions regarding forfeiture. – Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 33.
  89. SB1180 Abortion – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Infants Protection Act,” which prohibits abortion of a viable fetus except in a medical emergency and requires testing to determine viability if a woman is at least 20 weeks pregnant. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 15, Part 2.
  90. SB1375 Alcoholic Beverages – As enacted, requires an applicant for a retail package store license and for a retail food store wine license to obtain and submit to a local government a criminal history record for purposes of certifying that the applicant has not committed a felony within the immediately preceding 10-year period. – Amends TCA Title 57.
  91. HB0099 Criminal Procedure – As enacted, clarifies that partial expunctions of criminal records are the removal of electronic records from relevant national, state, and local databases; adds $5.00 to seat belt violation fines to cover court clerk costs. – Amends TCA Section 40-32-101 and Section 55-9-603.
  92. HB0106 Special License Plates – As enacted, removes the prohibition on the re-issuance of a plate that has been deemed obsolete, or the issuance of a plate substantially similar in appearance or content, for a period of three years beginning on the date the plate was deemed obsolete and invalid. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 54; Title 55 and Title 67.
  93. HB0267 Charter Schools – As enacted, authorizes a chartering authority to require a charter school sponsor to pay to the chartering authority an application fee of up to $2,500 with each charter school application the charter school files. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 13.
  94. HB0628 TennCare – As enacted, requires the bureau of TennCare to develop and implement a temporary medication therapy management pilot program. – Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 10 and Title 71, Chapter 5.
  95. HB0647 Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – As enacted, enacts the “Annual Coverage Assessment Act of 2017.” – Amends TCA Title 71, Chapter 5 and Chapter 854 of the Public Acts of 2016.
  96. HB0959 Juvenile Offenders – As enacted, creates the unruly act of illegal use of a telecommunication device. – Amends TCA Title 37; Title 39; Title 40 and Title 41.
  97. SB0185 Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – As enacted, extends the Nursing Home Assessment Trust Fund by one year, to terminate on June 30, 2017, and revises certain long-term care provisions. – Amends TCA Title 68 and Title 71.
  98. SB0310 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, expands the offense of child endangerment to include knowingly exposing a child to or failing to protect a child from abuse or neglect resulting in imminent danger to the child; defines imminent danger as the existence of any condition or practice that could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious bodily injury. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 15, Part 4.
  99. SB0379 Teachers, Principals and School Personnel – As enacted, revises compensation provisions and other provisions regarding substitute teachers. – Amends TCA Section 49-3-312.
  100. SB0401 Teachers, Principals and School Personnel – As enacted, revises provisions governing the money teachers receive for classroom instruction materials. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 3.
  101. SB0571 Education – As enacted, revises various provisions of the Tennessee Baccalaureate Education System Trust Act and the chairs of excellence; redesignates the Act as the “Tennessee College Savings Trust Act”. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29; Title 35; Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 5; Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 8; Title 55; Title 65 and Title 67.
  102. SB0633 Game and Fish Laws – As enacted, limits the court costs that may be imposed against a person convicted of not wearing sufficient blaze orange while hunting to $50.00. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 21 and Title 70.
  103. SB0729 Education – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Educators Protection Act”. – Amends TCA Title 8; Title 16; Title 28; Title 29; Title 37; Title 38; Title 39; Title 40 and Title 49.
  104. SB0763 Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) – As enacted, establishes that local emergency management agency personnel have all rights, benefits, privileges, and protections available pursuant to state and local laws, including death benefits in the amount of $25,000. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 1 and Title 58.
  105. SB0789 Medical Occupations – As enacted, prohibits any person from using the title “registered surgical assistant” unless such person is registered with the board of medical examiners as a registered surgical assistant; requires the board to register as a registered surgical assistant any applicant who presents satisfactory evidence that the applicant meets certain requirements. – Amends TCA Title 63 and Title 68.
  106. SB0820 Professions and Occupations – As enacted, revises various provisions regarding scrap metal dealers. – Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 9.
  107. SB0993 Child Custody and Support – As enacted, specifies that in any action for retroactive child support filed on or after July 1, 2017, retroactive child support may not be awarded for a period more than five years from date the action for support is filed unless the court determines, for good cause shown, that a different award of retroactive child support is in the interest of justice; creates exceptions and enacts related provisions. – Amends TCA Title 36.
  108. SB1220 Highways, Roads and Bridges – As enacted, requires the department of transportation to be responsible for the maintenance of public roads and bridges within the boundaries of state parks. – Amends TCA Title 54, Chapter 1, Part 1 and Title 54, Chapter 4.
  109. SB1286 Highway Patrol – As enacted, requires the department of safety to pay from existing budgeted funds a monthly amount to a retired highway patrol officer for the medical care of the retired canine to whom the officer was assigned if the canine is given to the care and custody of the officer upon retirement. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 7, Part 1.
  110. SB1287 Abuse – As enacted, requires the executive director of the commission on aging and disability to establish within the commission a public guardian working group; requires background checks for persons who volunteer in a position that involves providing direct contact with or direct responsibility for a service recipient in facility or service licensed under the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and/or Treatment, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Personal Support Services Licensure Law; revises and adds other provisions regarding vulnerable persons. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 33; Title 34; Title 38; Title 39; Title 45; Title 47; Title 68 and Title 71.
  111. SB1415 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, increases the punishment for intentionally desecrating a place of worship or burial from a Class A misdemeanor to Class E felony. – Amends TCA Title 39.
  112. SB1418 Education – As enacted, revises various provisions concerning the Tennessee council for career and technical education. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 11, Part 2.
  113. SB0644 Forfeiture of Assets – As enacted, expands the reporting requirements for the annual civil asset forfeiture report provided by the department of safety to certain committees of the general assembly; revises other provisions related to civil asset forfeiture. – Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 33, Part 2.
  114. SB1016 Coroners – As enacted, removes the Tennessee medical examiner advisory council from its wind down period so it will not terminate on June 30, 2017; extends council to June 30, 2019; renames and restructures the council. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29, Part 2 and Title 38, Chapter 7, Part 2.
  115. SB1059 Public Employees – As enacted, increases the compensation from $25,000 to a $250,000 annuity payable in five annual installments of $50,000, paid to the estate of a firefighter, volunteer rescue squad worker, or law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty; revises related provisions. – Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 51, Part 2; Title 9 and Title 68, Chapter 140.
  116. SB1340 Firearms and Ammunition – As enacted, authorizes district attorneys general and similar persons to carry firearms subject to training and certification requirements if certain requirements met. – Amends TCA Section 39-17-1350.
  117. HB0006 Taxes, Sales – As enacted, allocates state sales tax revenue derived from sales of admissions to events of a major league soccer franchise to the municipality in which a sports authority is organized and has secured the franchise. – Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6.
  118. HB0387 Medical Occupations – As enacted, revises definitions related to practice of chiropractic; changes requirements related to composition, powers, and duties of the board of chiropractic examiners. – Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 4.
  119. HB0420 Unclaimed Property – As enacted, enacts the “Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.” – Amends TCA Title 30; Title 45; Title 48; Title 56; Title 66 and Title 67.
  120. HB0438 Energy – As enacted, creates the Tennessee energy policy council. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29; Title 59; Title 60; Title 65 and Title 68.
  121. HB0511 Appropriations – As enacted, makes appropriations for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017. –
  122. HB0512 Public Funds and Financing – As enacted, revises provisions governing the health access incentive account; reinstates salary increases that were previously suspended for highway patrol officers, commissioned members of the Tennessee law enforcement training academy, district attorneys general, district public defenders, district investigators, post-conviction defenders and assistant defenders, and certain officers and biologists with the wildlife resources agency; makes other statutory revisions necessary to implementation of the annual appropriations act. – Amends amend TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 8; Title 9; Title 10; Title 11; Title 12; Title 13; Title 16; Title 17; Title 18; Title 29; Title 33; Title 36; Title 37; Title 38; Title 39; Title 40; Title 41; Title 43; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 49; Title 50; Title 53; Title 54; Title 55; Title 56; Title 57; Title 58; Title 59; Title 60; Title 62; Title 63; Title 64; Title 65; Title 66; Title 67; Title 68; Title 69; Title 70 and Title 71.
  123. HB0810 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, enacts the “Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act.” – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 40 and Title 71.
  124. HB0508 Firearms and Ammunition – As enacted, creates a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms that is preempted by state law; restricts certain actions by local government in regard to handgun carry permittees. – Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 20 and Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.
  125. HB0975 State Government – As enacted, requires state government agencies and departments to provide notice to legislators of proposed contracts that will outsource professional facilities management services within such legislator’s districts; revises other reporting and other requirements relative to state government. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 8; Title 9, Chapter 4, Part 53; Title 10; Title 11; Title 12; Title 41; Title 50 and Title 54.
  126. SB0120 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, enacts the “Organized Retail Crime Prevention Act.” – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 1.
  127. HB0452 Sentencing – As enacted, increases penalty for unlawfully possessing a firearm with a prior conviction for a felony involving use of force or violence from Class C felony to Class B felony; increases from Class D felony to Class C felony penalty for person unlawfully possessing firearm with prior felony drug offense. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 40, Chapter 35, Part 3.
  128. HB0466 Public Employees – As enacted, authorizes the state and local governments to provide health insurance benefits to the immediate family members of first responders killed in the line of duty for a period of two years after the death of the first responder; requires the state to reimburse local governments that provide such benefits. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 27.
  129. 478 HB0910 Taxes, Gasoline, Petroleum Products – As enacted, revises the present law provisions governing the apportionment of gasoline tax revenue to the wildlife resources fund. – Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 3, Part 9.
  130. HB1067 Medical Occupations – As enacted, specifies that a healthcare practitioner violates the practitioner’s practice act by refusing to submit to a drug test or testing positive for a drug when the practitioner does not have a lawful prescription for using the drug or a valid medical reason for using the drug; establishes procedural requirements to be followed in such situations. – Amends TCA Title 50, Chapter 9; Title 63 and Title 68.
  131. HB1209 Controlled Substances – As enacted, requires that any person treated for a drugrelated overdose with an opioid antagonist by a first responder be taken to a medical facility by emergency medical services for evaluation, unless the person is competent to refuse medical treatment and chooses to refuse treatment. – Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 1, Part 1.
  132. HB1381 Public Buildings – As enacted, requires that stair steps leading into the public entrance of certain public buildings have detectable nosings of a contrasting color; enacts other related requirements. – Amends TCA Title 68.
  133. HB1041 Sentencing – As enacted, establishes a sentencing enhancement factor for defendants who are illegally or unlawfully in the United States. – Amends TCA Title 40.